For ten years now, I’ve shown you the USA Basket top 5 Nominees for the “Most Valuable Player” award (best player).” Today, we finish our race for the 2022 MVP by rating it, with a close-up of our three favourites, in alphabetical order: Giannis AntikonmoAnd Joel Embiid And Nikola Jokic.
Who should win from inside the Bucks (winner in 2019 and 2020), the hub of The Sixers (never won) or the hub of the Nuggets (winner in 2021)? Answer below, with a list of arguments in favor of each of the contenders for the statuette of Maurice Podolov …
Joel Embiid (Sixers)
Appreciation: 51 wins, 31 losses – 4th place in the East.
matches: 68 out of 82.
statistics: 30.6 points, 11.7 points, 4.2 feet, 1.1 intensity, 1.5 cents and 3.1 feet in 34 minutes.
Percentages: 50% in shots, 37% in 3 points and 81% in throws.
why him ?
– Because he is the best scorer in the league. By rising to the top of the country’s top scorer rankings, Joel Embiid has not only added a line to his singles record: he’s written history. After becoming the only non-American player and tenth pivot to achieve this feat, the Cameroonian joined some of his illustrious elders who were justly elected as the best player, such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal or David Robinson. A symbol of his unwavering (or nearly) control: he finished the game averaging 30.6 points while playing “only” 33.8 minutes per game. Never heard of it before!
– Because he plugged the holes in Philadelphia. Despite the Ben Simmons TV series, which tainted the Sixers’ season for weeks, Joel Embiid has worked to keep the Sixers among the best teams in the country. His start to the season certainly wasn’t great, but he was able to bounce back more once he came back from seclusion. Still, Doc Rivers’ men were in eleventh place in the East at the end of November and then began their climb up the rankings, quickly finding the top six in their conference and never leaving. Thanks to the XXL performance of the Cameroonian, who tied the months with more than 30 points on average.
– Because he already finished second in 2021. A generational talent, considered by some to be the most complete pivot in offensive history, Joel Embiid plays the best basketball of his life. At 28, he should be rewarded for his phenomenal performances over the past two seasons, which can sometimes be remembered for performances by Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakim Aliwan or David Robinson, as he dominates his subject matter. Dolphin Nikola Jokic in 2021, the Philadelphia captain should never remain second and one of those players who have never been crowned.
Nikola Jokic (Nuggets)
Appreciation: 48 wins, 34 losses – 6th place in the West.
matches: 74 out of 82.
statistics: 27.1 points, 13.8 points, 7.9 feet, 1.5 intensity, 0.9 cents and 3.8 feet at 34 minutes.
Percentages: 58% in shots, 34% in 3 points, 81% in throws.
why him ?
– Because it’s better than it was in 2021. Nikola Jokic is now named the MVP in history for over a year (32.85, ahead of Wilt Chamberlain 32.08 in 1961/62), and is simply coming off the best season of his career. In 2021/202 he set his best averages in points, rebounds, steals, and blocks, not to mention his best shooting success rate. That’s just it, despite coming off the already amazing 2020/21 campaign. At the top of his game, “Joker” makes it clear that he’s here to stay and dominate for a long time.
– Because he played without his main assistants. Who would have imagined last fall that Nikola Jokic would make the Nuggets straight into the playoffs, without Jamal Murray and with Michael Porter Jr. on the sidelines so quickly? Very few people, no doubt. However, with the brave – but limited – Aaron Gordon, Will Barton, Monty Morris, Jeff Green or even Bones Hyland, the Serb has already managed to keep Denver in the top six in the West, against all odds. “LeBron-esque”. Or now “jokic-esque”.
– Because all the advanced statistics are talking about it. “Player Proficiency Rating (PER)”, “True Shooting % (TS%)”, “Offensive Rating (ORTG)”, “Defensive Rating (DRTG)”, “Win Sharing (WS)”, “Plus Minus (+/-) ) “,” Value Over Replacement Player (VORP) “,” RAPTOR “… All, surely all advanced stats play for Nikola Jokic, author of a historical season. If we can discuss the importance of some, the majority of them allow us to confirm that MVP 2021 is the most “valuable” player in the league. See you double?
Giannis Antikonmo (bucks)
Appreciation: 51 wins, 31 losses – third place in the East.
matches: 67 of 82.
statistics: 29.9 points, 11.6 points, 5.8 points, 1.1 intensity, 1.4 cents and 3.3 pennies in 33 minutes.
Percentages: 55% throw, 29% throw 3 points, 72% throw.
why him ?
– Because you shouldn’t underestimate your performance. LeBron James syndrome appears to affect Giannis Antetokonmo. This player may double games to more than 30 points, more than 10 rebounds and 5 assists, and nothing surprises and tire observers with the performance of the “Greek Stranger”, as long as he does not exceed 40 points or does not come close to 50, as in the last playoffs. Inevitably, this feeling of tiredness somewhat hampers the inner Bucks, but we must not forget to remember that when a player stands out, they should be rewarded with the title of MVP. interval.
– Because he’s the most dominant player over four seasons. NBA Champion, MVP, MVP, DPOY… Giannis Antetokounmpo has won it all since 2018, Mike Budenholzer’s arrival in the Bucks bench. So much so that he has established himself as the league’s best player since the 2018/19 fiscal year or, at any rate, as the most dominant player. Between the contradictory results of LeBron James, Joel Embiid and James Harden, the injuries of Stephen Curry, Kohi Leonard, Anthony Davis and Kevin Durant, or the recent arrivals of Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic, no one is looking Greek in the eye.
– Because he is the best defender on the list. Whether in assist or on man, Giannis Antetokounmpo is a true defensive beast and on top of that was rewarded with the title of Defender of the Year in 2020. If Nikola Jokic has come on the field and if Joel Embiid is the cornerstone of the Sixers in defence, no It can be compared to the “Greek Freak”, which is very precious to his team on this side of the earth. And that’s while he spares no effort in attacking either, failing at 0.1 units of a 30-point bar on average. Although shooting continues in the round, it remains very effective.
Who completes the top ten behind you?
Devin Booker (The Suns)
Appreciation: 64 wins and 18 losses – 1st place in the West.
matches: 68 out of 82.
statistics: 26.8 points, 5.0 points, 4.8 points, 1.1 intensity, 0.4 cents and 2.4 barrels in 35 minutes.
Percentages: 47% in shots, 38% in 3-pointers, and 87% in throws.
Luka Doncic (Mavericks)
Appreciation: 52 wins, 30 losses – 4th place in the West.
matches: 65 out of 82.
statistics: 28.4 points, 9.1 points, 8.7 points, 1.2 intensity, 0.6 cents and 4.5 pennies in 35 minutes.
Percentages: 46% on shots, 35% on 3-pointers, and 74% on throws.
Jason Tatum (Celtics)
Appreciation: 51 wins, 31 losses – second place in the East.
matches: 76 out of 82.
statistics: 26.9 points, 8.0 reb, 4.4 pds, 1.0 int, 0.6 ctr, 2.9 pdb in 36 minutes.
Percentages: 45% throw, 35% 3 points, 85% throw.
Demar DeRozan (Bulls)
Appreciation: 46 wins, 36 losses – 6th place in the East.
matches: 76 out of 82.
statistics: 27.9 points, 5.2 points, 4.9 points, 0.9 points, 0.3 cents, and 2.4 points in 36 minutes.
Percentages: 50% throw, 35% 3 points, 88% throw.
Ja Morante (Grizzlies)
Appreciation: 56 wins and 26 losses – second place in the West.
matches: 57 out of 82.
statistics: 27.4 points, 5.7 points, 6.7 points, 1.2 intensity, 0.4 cents and 3.4 points per minute 33.
Percentages: 49% in shots, 34% in 3-pointers, and 76% in throws.
Kevin Durant (Nets)
Appreciation: 44 wins and 38 losses – seventh place in the East.
matches: 55 out of 82.
statistics: 29.9 points, 7.4 points, 6.4 points, 0.9 points, 0.9 cents and 3.5 bpd 37 minutes.
Percentages: 52% on shots, 38% on 3-pointers, and 91% on throws.
Karl Anthony Town (Wolves)
Appreciation: 46 wins, 36 losses – seventh place in the West.
matches: 74 out of 82.
statistics: 24.6 points, 9.8 points, 3.6 points, 1.0 intensity, 1.1 cents and 3.1 barrels in 34 minutes.
Percentages: 53% in shots, 41% in 3-pointers and 82% in throws.
but also…Chris Paul (Suns), Stephen Curry (Warriors), Jimmy Butler (Heat), Pascal Siakam (Raptors), Tra Young (Hawks), Rudy Gobert (Jazz), Darius Garland (Cavaliers), Dejaunt Murray (Tottenham Hotspur) .
All our races to the best player of the season
#1: Jimmy Butler’s Continuing Progress – #2: DeMar DeRozan and Zach Lavigne, a fiery duo – #3: Chris Paul’s stainless steel golden hands – #4: Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry: Say 33! Number 5: From the “inside” and from the “outside”? – #6: DeMar DeRozan, endgame specialist – N°7: Nikola Jokic dressed as PER Noël – #8: Kevin Durant pushing time back – N°9: Stephen Curry, away shooter – N°10: LeBron James, the rant 37th – #11: A very hesitant mid-season vote – #12: Kevin Durant is really offside? – #13: “Super Value” Nikola Jokic – #14: Chris Paul, between “Captain Clutch” and “Monsieur Propre” – #15: Ja Morant, Derek Rose of his generation – #16: Finally a year Joel Embiid? – #17: American imperialism in peril #18: James Harden and Joel Embiid, a new dominant duo? – N° 19: A marathon that looks like a sprint – N° 20: Didn’t two without three happen for Giannis Antetokounmpo? #21: Is the caliphate finally ready to go? – No. 22: And why not Devin Booker? – #23: Who is the most brilliant suitor against others?