Nikola Jokic is once again the MVP. He is ahead Joel Embiid for the second consecutive year. If the Serb is rather acclaimed by the voters, many voices have been raised to express their frustration at not seeing the pivot of the Philadelphia Sixers finish in the lead. Among them, that of Doc Rivers.
“I don’t know if he could do more by already playing without his best teammate. I don’t want to take anything away from Jokic because he’s a great player. But I think this company sometimes goes way too far on analytics stats. Watch the fucking matches and make up your mind. But hey, at the end of the day, if Joel had won, and I think he should have, there would have been criticism. Same thing if Giannis had won,” entrusts the coach.
It makes sense that Doc Rivers is defending his superstar. Joel Embiid deserved to win the trophy too. On the other hand, the argument of the analytics is a little strange. The visual observation could just as well prove Jokic right, and not just the numbers. His level of play since the start of the season has been unreal, when he also played without his TWO best teammates.
Joel Embiid, his first reaction to the coronation of Nikola Jokic