Kendrick Perkins Suggests Jokic, Nowitzki, And Nash Only Won Their MVP Awards Because They’re White

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Nikola Jokic is widely considered to be one of the best — and most well-rounded — basketball players on planet Earth right now.

ESPN NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins, however, doesn’t seem all that impressed, as he suggested on First Take that Jokic (and Hall of Famers Dirk Nowitzki and Steve Nash, for that matter) only won their MVP awards because they’re white.

“When it comes down to guys winning MVP since 1990, it’s only three guys that won the MVP that wasn’t top 10 in scoring… Steve Nash, Jokic, and Dirk Nowitzki. What do those guys have in common?” Perkins asked Stephen A. Smith.

The specific quote above happens around the 2:20 mark if you want to hear Perkins say it for himself. This season, by the way, Jokic is averaging a triple-double, as he’s scoring 24.6 points to go along with 11.7 rebounds and 10 assists per game.

It goes without saying that the backlash to Perkins’ comments has been emphatic, as Nowitzki and Nash are not only Hall of Famers who wholly deserved their MVP awards, but Jokic is currently doing things that have rarely been seen on a basketball court.

In the hours since Perkins uncorked this unholy hot take, he’s been getting absolutely cooked on Twitter:

It’s also been pointed out that his decision to begin his stat with the year 1990 is interesting, as Why did you start in 1990? Is it because it’s right after Magic Johnson won back-to-back MVPs without being top 10 in scoring?

Nevertheless, despite the accusations of stat-padding and ignorant comments from Perkins, Jokic is not only likely on his way to winning his third-straight NBA MVP award, but the Denver Nuggets — currently the #1 seed in the Western Conference — are looking like a legitimate threat to make the NBA Finals this season.

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