Shortly before the NBA announced Denver’s Nikola Jokić won his second consecutive MVP award Wednesday, it was revealed that DeMar DeRozan had a horse in the race, too.
And for good reason.
In his 13th season, the 32-year-old DeMar DeRozan scored a career-high 27.9 points per game and earned his fifth All-Star game appearance. All while leading the Bulls to their first playoff berth in five years and their most wins since the 2013-2015 season. His case for capturing the third All-NBA selection of his career seems ironclad at this point.
Jokić, who is just the 13th player in league history to win the award in back-to-back fashion, received 65 first-place votes. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid finished second with 26 first-place votes while Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo rounded out the top-3 with nine first-place votes.
DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant, and Los Angeles’ LeBron James earned one fifth-place vote apiece.
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