Nuggets: Why Nikola Jokic deserves MVP over Tatum, Doncic, and Durant

Denver Nuggets Nikola Jokic (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Jayson Tatum, Nikola Jokic, NBA MVP race (Photo by Ethan Mito/Clarkson Creative/Getty Images)
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Nikola Jokic’s MVP case over Jayson Tatum

Coming into the season, Jayson Tatum and the Celtics were on a mission following their loss in the NBA Finals to the Warriors. While Tatum averages more points per game this season with 30.1 ppg compared to Jokic’s 25.3, Jokic outperforms Tatum in other categories and outperformed him in their previous encounter against one another.

The Celtics have the advantage of having a better record than the Nuggets this season, but their records are fairly close overall. Also, it looks like the Celtics are beginning to lose winnable games while the Nuggets are getting hot at the right time and are right behind them to have the best record in the NBA.

If the season ended today Jokic would have the advantage over Tatum to win the MVP award, and if he continues to play as he is right now, it will be hard to see Tatum catching up to him in the race.

Nikola Jokic’s MVP case over Luka Doncic

Two of the best players in the Western Conference are Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic. The two are very similar and are both stars that their respective franchises drafted from the EuroLeague.

Luka Doncic is having one of the best individual seasons the NBA has seen in years, and he is doing this with one of the weaker supporting casts around a superstar in the NBA this season. It is similar to the season Jokic had last year.

Luka could be considered the biggest competition to take the crown from Nikola Jokic, but one of the biggest problems that he has is that it is hard to know where the Mavericks will be once the season is near a close.

We know that the Nuggets will be in the playoffs and have one of the higher seeds in the West, but the same could not be said for Luka and the Mavs. While he is incredible and is a top-five player in the NBA, he is on a team that would be considered one of the worst in the league if he wasn’t there.

We know that he could do incredible things, but his team holds him back from being a surefire MVP this season.