“If Nikola Jokic Was American They Wouldn’t Be Laughing”: NBA Twitter Incensed As ESPN Analysts Laugh at Jokic’s MVP Contention

Published 12/16/2021, 5:30 PM EST
Nov 8, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts on the bench after a play in the fourth quarter against the Miami Heat at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports


NBA fans often consider Nikola Jokic as one of the most underrated players in the NBA. The Denver Nuggets talisman stands at 6 ft 11 in with NBA analysts referring to him as one of the league’s best centers. Nicknamed ‘the Joker’ by NBA fans, Jokic led the Nuggets to the Western Conference Finals in the 2019-20 NBA season. Fans recently reacted to analysts laughing at the prospect of the NBA naming Jokic MVP.

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Fans came to Nikola Jokic’s defense after an NBA panel on ESPN discussed possible MVP candidates. Only Zach Lowe, a senior writer at ESPN opened that Jokic deserved an MVP for the incredible stats that he posted. Other analysts on the panel laughed off Lowe’s suggestions as they offered Kevin Durant’s name as the likely candidate.

DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 23: Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a foul called on teammate Michael Porter Jr. (1) against the Portland Trail Blazers during the third quarter at Ball Arena on Tuesday, February 23, 2021. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

The NBA had named Nikola Jokic the NBA MVP in 2021. Since Shaquille O’Neal in 2000, Jokic is the first center to win the award. The Denver Nuggets drafted Jokic in 2015. The season ended with Jokic finishing third in the voting for the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award. He won a silver medal with the Serbian national team at the 2016 Olympics.

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Fans react to NBA analysts disrespecting Nikola Jokic

Zach Lowe, on the ESPN show, said, “It’s beyond stupid that we frame [the MVP race] as a two man race … [Nikola Jokic] belongs in the race.” Other panelists rubbished Lowe’s claims about Jokic. NBA fans, as always, had hilarious reactions to the debate which discussed the front-runner for MVP.

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The NBA has named Jokic to the NBA All-Star three times, and the All NBA Team twice.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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