Nikola Jokic is a great NBA Futures value play to win MVP
There are plenty of solid options at the FanDuel Sportsbook for predicting this year’s NBA MVP. There may be no better pick than Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets center is just having an unreal start. Standing 7-feet tall and leading the league in assists. Unheard of for a center. Not only is he leading, but he’s putting up 13.5 per game. Last season’s assists leader, LeBron James, put up 10.2. The stars are aligning for 2020-21 to be Jokic’s year.
What this guy brings to the table on a nightly basis is truly astonishing. Jokic is averaging a triple-double right now when you add his 24.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game to his aforementioned absurd assist average.
The issue he may have is the quality of team Denver turns out to be this year. We know the MVP usually goes to one of the league’s top teams. The Nuggets aren’t a top-tier NBA team. They might be a .500 team this year, but it looks like they can be a little better than that despite the slow start. But even in defeat, the Joker is putting up triple-doubles as he did in that ten-point loss to the Kings the other night. Granted, the losses will still be a hindrance regardless of Nikola’s performance in them.
Sure, Jokic has a long way to get there, and it’s hard to imagine a 7-foot center can keep up those assist numbers, but the ball is genuinely always in his hands in Denver. The losses will be there but don’t forget Russell Westbrook won the MVP, averaging a triple-double in 2017 with a very average Thunder team. They finished sixth in the West that year, and while Denver may end up with a slightly worse record, they should be one of those teams that hang around for that 6-8 playoff seed.
Sitting at +1300, Jokic shows the most value for any NBA Futures bet and will be a top contender to win that MVP.