From Taco Bell To MVP

It’s official: Nikola Jokic has won the Most Valuable Player award.

Jokic became the lowest overall pick (41st) to ever win MVP. Before him, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Steve Nash — both drafted 15th overall — were the lowest-drafted players to ever win.

If you watched the 2014 NBA Draft and are wondering why you can’t remember the selection, it’s because you didn’t see it. Instead of showing that part of the second round, ESPN played a Taco Bell commercial during the Nuggets’ pick.

We call him Joker, but maybe he should be called “Quesarito.”

All jokes aside, Jokic became the sixth player to not miss a single game during an MVP campaign — joining Karl Malone (1996), Michael Jordan (1998), Tim Duncan (2002), Kevin Garnett (2004), and Kobe Bryant (2009). 

In May, reporters asked Jokic why he didn’t take a day off.

“Because I’m not hurt. I’m trying to be honest to myself… It’s a big thing, maybe, for the rest of the guys in our group. They can maybe follow.”

Mamba Mentality: Two years ago, Kobe Bryant challenged Nikola Jokic to win MVP. He fulfilled it, becoming the first Nuggets player to ever win and the first center since Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-00.

He has bigger aspirations, though — his Nuggets trail the Suns 1-0 in the Western Conference Semifinals.