Donovan Mitchell Touts Nikola Jokić's MVP-caliber Season: 'It's F--king Outrageous'

Paul KasabianFeatured Columnist IIFebruary 19, 2023

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, goes up for a basket over Dallas Mavericks forward Christian Wood in the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2023, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
AP Photo/David Zalubowski

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell offered lofty praise for Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić, who might be in line to win his third straight NBA MVP award.

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Donovan Mitchell on Nikola Jokic for MVP: "I don't know if you've all been watching what Jokic's been doing. It's f****** outrageous, to be honest. I don't know how many people have won it 3 times in a row, but he's other worldly right now."<br><br>He also highly praised Joel Embiid. <a href="https://t.co/XsbpRjCXNH">pic.twitter.com/XsbpRjCXNH</a>

Jokić is averaging 24.7 points on 63.2 percent shooting, 11.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists per game for a 41-18 Nuggets team sitting in first place in the Western Conference.

Per Basketball Reference, the eight-year NBA veteran leads the league in win shares per 48 minutes (.318), win shares (11.3), player efficiency rating (31.8), box plus/minus (13.2) and value over replacement player (6.6).

As of Saturday, Basketball Reference's NBA MVP Award tracker gives Jokić a 68.8 percent chance to win this year's honor. No other player has better than a 10 percent chance. Philadelphia 76ers big man Joel Embiid is second on the ledger at 9.6 percent. Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, a two-time NBA MVP winner, sits third at 6.9 percent.

Jokić's production, efficiency and placement on the Western Conference's top team are all positives on his MVP resume. He's the unquestioned front-runner right now, but at the moment, he'll be taking part in Sunday's All-Star Game from Salt Lake City, Utah.