According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has been awarded the league’s Most Valuable Player for the second consecutive season.
Wojnarowski adds that a formal announcement is likely later this week.
Jokic became the second player in NBA history to earn back-to-back MVP awards, joining Giannis Antetokounmpo.
In 2021-22, the Serbian center became the first player in NBA history to score 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a single season. He set career highs with 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists per game.
While injured talents Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. missed the entire season and all but nine games of the campaign, Jokic guided the 48-34 Nuggets to the sixth seed in the Western Conference.
Despite Jokic’s brilliance, Denver fell to the Golden State Warriors in five games in the first round. In the battle, the 27-year-old averaged 31 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 6.2 assists.
Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid were finalists for MVP.