As the leading MVP candidate, Nikola Jokic is having the best season of his career, averaging 26.4 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 8.4 assists on 56.5% shooting.
Still, not everyone is convinced he is deserving of the award. In fact, according to Nick Wright, Jokic will be the NBA's worst MVP winner in 35 years.
Naturally, Nuggets guard Jamal Murray just had to respond, issuing a three-word tweet to Wright on Twitter:
Had LeBron James and Joel Embiid stayed healthy, it's entirely possible one of them would have won the MVP. And, as Wright points out, Chris Paul is making a pretty good case right now to be the winner.
But what the Joker has been doing this year has been nothing short of special, and it deserves some serious recognition. Besides his statistical averages, he has almost single-handedly kept the Nuggets near the top of the West. Considering the absence of Jamal Murray, that is pretty impressive and shows his capability to lead a team all on his own.
The big question now is how Jokic will respond to the hate. Will he rise above it and lead Denver to a solid playoff run, or are they doomed to fail without their second-best player?
We'll find out soon enough...