By Eric Christensen

DENVER (CBS4) – For the second straight season, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has won the NBA’s MVP award. The official announcement is expected later this week from the league.

Jokic began the season with long odds to repeat as the league’s Most Valuable Player but the Serbian big man was statistically better than he was last season.

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 28: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets reacts after being fouled during the fourth quarter of a NBA game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center on January 28, 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Denver Nuggets won the game 116 – 105. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

Jokic carried the Nuggets almost single handily considering the season ending injuries to the team’s other top players in Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. The fact that Denver made the playoffs and won 48 games is a testament to Jokic’s worth to the Nuggets.

Without diving too deep into the NBA’s advanced metrics, which measure a players statistical impact, Jokic was the regular season leader by a wide margin in all of the key metrics that are most often used to measure a player’s performance.

In layman’s terms, no other player in the entire NBA is as impactful as Jokic.

ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 17: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets drives tot he basket against Clint Capela #15 of the Atlanta Hawks during the first half at State Farm Arena on December 17, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)

Jokic finished the regular season averaging 27 ppg, 13 rebounds and 7 assists.  No player in NBA history has ever averaged 25p, 7r and 13a.

He’s the first player to record 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season. He led the league in triple-doubles with 19 and ranked in the top 10 in points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage — something no other player in the league has done in the past 50 years.

Eric Christensen