Knicks Legend Dismantles Joel Embiid and Giannis’ MVP Case For a Third NBA Superstar

Published 04/04/2022, 11:59 PM EDT
Mar 14, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) drives to the basket against Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) during the first quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

It seems the big man era is back in the NBA with the centers dominating the game. Notably, the trio of Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic, and Giannis Antetokounmpo are the frontrunners to win MVP. All these three bigs have put up some ridiculous numbers and put centers back on the map. However, in a recent interview, NBA Hall of Famer, Julius Erving said the Joker is the most deserving player for MVP.

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Jokic has had one of his toughest as well as best seasons this year. Despite losing out on the two scorers behind him, the Joker has led the way for the Nuggets like no one else. The Nuggets center has made an impact on all zones of the court. Jokic is putting up 26.8 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists per game. Moreover, he has led the Nuggets to be the 5th seed.

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However, while Erving did admit Jokic has not done better than his MVP campaign last season, he has another reason to rank him above Giannis and Embiid.

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While on the Rich Eisen show, Dr. J addressed the MVP race and opened up his thoughts on the matter. Erving said he wishes Joel Embiid to come out as the MVP this season. however, he admitted that Nikola Jokic is the most deserving player to get the award once again. And the reason to support his argument was that Jokic has barely missed any games.

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He said: “I think the most deserving guy is Jokic. He hasn’t missed any games and you know, night in and night out he’s done it better than he did it last year. So he was the MVP last year and when you get better I don’t think you lose status.”

Feb 20, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Team LeBron forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots against Team Durant center Joel Embiid (21) during the fourth quarter of the 2022 NBA All-Star Game at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

While Embiid’s stats may look prettier, Jokic has been a regular face this season. He has played 72 out of the 79 games for the Denver Nuggets this season. Both Giannis and Embiid have missed over 12 games this season. But for Jokic, no matter what the schedule, he has always shown up. In addition, Julius Erving also pointed out that Jokic has been a better player as compared to his last season when he won MVP.

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Another major factor to take in is the help on offer. Giannis has had Khris Middleton and Jrue Holiday on the bus all season long. Joel Embiid got his help with James Harden joining Philly. But the Joker is not playing with a single All-Star and has still managed to put the Nuggets in position for the playoffs. Who do you think deserves to win MVP? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

Edited By: Niranjan Deodhar

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