The end of the regular season is right behind the corner, which means it's time to roll out the regular season awards for different categories. Of course, the MVP award is always the most important one, and even though we have several deserving players to get it this year, it seems Nikola Jokic is the leading candidate. Even though he is playing exceptionally well and is one of the main reasons the Denver Nuggets are among the top teams in the western conference, a few analysts think otherwise.
One of them is Nick Wright, who made some pretty harsh statements towards Jokic on the First Thing First show. He shared a pretty wild take that if Jokic wins the MVP award, he would be the worst MVPs in NBA history. To make things even more confusing, he said, Chris Paul deserves the award more than Jokic.
"The MVP having to be awarded in some hallway somewhere because he's not playing in round two ain't great. When you look at the list of MVPs in league history, I say this with respect to Jokic, historically speaking, he'd be the worst one we've had in 35 years. Chris Paul wouldn't be [one of the worst MVPs]. Chris Paul is an all-time great player. Nikola Jokic is having a great season and is a very good player."
Nick Wright, via First Thing First
We've seen various NBA analysts say ridiculous things, but Nick Wright took it to another level with this statement. The MVP award is not supposed to be for the biggest name in the NBA, but those who actually a detrimental part of their teams' success, and Jokic is the epitome of that, especially after Jamal Murray went down with a season-ending injury. Yet, the Nuggets still were able to win 10 out of their last 13 games despite missing their second-best player.
It didn't take long for other NBA players to come to Jokic's defense with his teammate Jamal Muray and Nikola Vucevic, pretty much saying Nick Wright is wrong with his assessment.
Jokic is a legitimate MVP candidate averaging 26.4 points, 11 rebounds, and 8.5 assists, showcasing incredible versatility and dominance. It's still not decided if he will actually be the MVP. Still, if he receives the award, it will definitely be deserving because he is doing remarkable things for the Denver Nuggets this season.