Nikola Jokic Proved That Joel Embiid Is A Complete Fraud Of An MVP With Monster Game Against The Lakers

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Coming into this season, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić had won two MVPs in a row and had established himself among many as the best big man in basketball. And, he should have won a third in a row this year, but voters were duped by Joel Embiid.

Nikola Jokić certainly had the stats to back it up. He missed averaging a triple double by just .2 assists, and averaged 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a game. But, apparently voters got tired of voting for Nikola Jokić, and gave it to Sixers center Joel Embiid instead.

Embiid had a great season, winning the scoring title and averaging 33.2 points per game and 10.4 rebounds per game. But, he was awful in the playoffs for the Philadelphia 76ers, and was downright embarrassing in their game 7 loss to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Meanwhile, Nikola Jokić has been rolling through the playoffs with the Denver Nuggets. And, in Tuesday night’s game one of the Western Conference Finals, he was incredible. Look at this stat line!

The Nuggets needed all of those contributions, as the Lakers turned a game that was a blowout for most of it into a one-possession game with the ball in the final minute.

How good was Nikola Jokic? This good.

His 30-point, 20-rebound, triple double was his second of his career. Both have come in these playoffs, and no one else has more than one in a career.

And, plenty on Twitter are calling Nikola Jokic the real MVP.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James were fantastic for the Lakers. Game 2 is Wednesday night back in Denver.