NBA Awards 2021: Rudy Gobert is the DPOY
Rudy Gobert was elected DPOY for the 2021-2020 season, it is the third DPOY Trophy of his career after winning this award for two consecutive years in 2018 and 2019. He now joins players like Dikembe Mutombo (4x DPOY), Ben Wallace (4x DPOY) and Dwight Howard (3x DPOY) who won at least 3 Defensive Player of the Year trophies.
The French center of Utah has had a very good season as he compiled 10.1 defensive rebounds per game, 960 rebounds, 2.7 blocks per game and the Jazz also have the best defensive rating in the NBA. After receiving his award, Gobert said:
“It’s amazing! When I was a kid and started playing basketball I would never believe I was DPOY and now I won it 3 times. I’m trying to write my own story, to enjoying my life, but being one of the four guys who has won this award so many times is just amazing.
Utah’s Center won the honor with a pretty big lead over Ben Simmons and Draymond Green, the other two trophy contenders. Rudy Gobert won with 464 points, Ben Simmons far behind with 287 points and Draymond Green getting just 76 points. Now, the only trophy Rudy Gobert wants to win is the Larry O’Brien Trophy, the most important title to win in the NBA.
“I want to win a league title. When I was drafted by the Jazz 8 years ago, I told myself that I wanted to do everything to win the first title in the history of the franchise.
NBA Awards 2021: Nikola Jokic is the 2021 MVP
Nikola Jokic received his first MVP trophy: the first time a Denver Nuggets player has received this honor in franchise history. Nikola Jokic also becomes the third European player to be MVP after Dirk Nowitski and Giannis Antetokunmpo. The Denver Nuggets center is therefore writing his name in the history books after being the least drafted player to win the MVP Award. Let’s not forget that he was selected in 41st place in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The Serbian has had an incredible season, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists and 1.3 steals. He is rightly honored after having had a great season personally and also with his team as the Nuggets finished third in the Western Conference. Nikola Jokic received 971 points in total, not to mention that he collected 91 votes for the first place. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embid finished in second place with 586 points, Stephen Curry completes the podium with 453 points.
For his sixth season, the Serbian revolutionizes the center position in the match. He plays almost like a goalie with his high quality passing game, he is also capable of almost anything offensively.
However, after playing in the Western Conference final last year, Jokic and the Nuggets will try to do better even though they are down 2-0 against the Phoenix Suns.. Can Nikola Jokic help his team win Game 3, and maybe turn things around?
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