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Embiid’s fans say he was robbed of MVP award

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has reportedly been voted this NBA season’s Most Valuable Player. Fans of MVP finalist Joel Embiid beg to disagree.

Gidget Alikpala
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Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets has reportedly been voted the season’s NBA Most Valuable Player. Fans of MVP finalist Joel Embiid beg to disagree.
Bill StreicherUSA TODAY Sports

This season’s winner of the NBA Most Valuable Player award has yet to be formally announced, but reports indicate that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is the winner for the second consecutive year.

The other two finalists for the honor are Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Jokic improves on last year’s performance

Jokic becomes the second straight player to win the award two years in a row, after Antetokounmpo clinched it in 2019 and 2020. The Serbian is only the 15th NBA player to win the award more than once.

The 27-year-old’s numbers this year were an improvement over last year’s, as he recorded an average of 27.1 points, 13. 8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game.

However, impressive as these stats may be, fans of 76ers big man Embiid are not convinced, and they are saying that the 28-year-old has been robbed of the award.

Embiid’s numbers at a glance

Embiid was the league’s leader in scoring, pulling in 30.8 points, 11.7 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per game.

He was also instrumental in Philadelphia’s run in the regular season where they landed the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference. He was also edged out by Jokic in the MVP race last year.

The Kansas Jayhawks alum has fierce supporters, who have made his jersey the sixth-highest-selling item in the NBA, outselling that of Antetokounmpo which is ranked seventh, and those of Jokic, which is in eighth position.

Embiid’s fans took to Twitter to express their sentiments on Jokic’s win, or more accurately, their outrage.

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