Serbia’s Nikola Jokic has been named this year’s NBA Most Valued Player (MVP), the first time that a Serbian basketball player won the award, an NBA press release said.
It said that he is also the first Denver Nuggets player to win MVP and only the third European player. “The center averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists while shooting 56.6% from the floor for Denver this year and led his team in all four categories,” the press release said.
“A second-round pick selected 41st overall by Denver in the 2014 NBA Draft, Jokić is the lowest-drafted player to be named NBA MVP with the exception of three-time MVP Moses Malone, who was not selected in the NBA Draft.
Jokic is also a member of the Serbian national basketball team.