Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash put his opinion forward for the MVP award as the post-season draws near. Nash firmly believes that Denver Nuggets‘ Nikola Jokic has been the most impressive player and deserves the award ahead of his rivals.
Ahead of the Nets’ crucial encounter against Denver Nuggets, Nash entered the ongoing NBA MVP debate by vouching for Jokic.
“Clearly, (Nikola) Jokic is the MVP this year, He’s kind of gone wire-to-wire at this high level. He makes his teammates better and everything go. They lose Jamal Murray and they haven’t really skipped a beat. That shows how good he is.”
Jokic is currently averaging 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 8.5 assists per game this season for the Nuggets, who are currently placed fourth in the Western Conference table. The player is currently facing stiff competition for the award from the likes of Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Nash, who is a two-time MVP winner with Phoenix Suns, explained why Jokic is his pick for the award.
“He’s such a willing and contagious passer, He can make the assist, but he can also make the right read. It becomes the hockey assist where the ball moves to one or two guys down the line, and they get open shots. He facilitates that style of play and that willingness to pass. He’s able to knock down that first domino.” Nash added
The MVP debate is raging at the moment with different candidates being vouvhed bby different members of the basketball fraternity.
NBA analyst/commentator Nick Wright had recently claimed that if Jokic indeed wins the NBA MVP award, it would be the worst recipient of the award in 35 years.
The Nuggets, despite the absence of Jamal Murray, made a strong case for themselves and have clinched a spot in the playoffs, becoming the seventh team to do so this season.
Nets overcome the Jokic puzzle to snap losing streak
Brooklyn Nets entered the game against Denver Nuggets at the Ball Arena on the back of a four game losing streak, their worst run of the season so far.
Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving slammed a combined 64 points to overcome the Nuggets by a 6-point margin to break their losing streak.
Nikola Jokic top scored for the hosts with 29 points to his name for the team, who will next face Charlotte Hornets.