Nikola Jokic Won't Win MVP Again If Nuggets Keep Losing, Kenny Smith Says
Nikola Jokic Won't Win MVP If Nugs Keep Losing ... Says Kenny Smith
12/5/2021 12:20 AM PT
Nikola Jokic is having an insane season, but Kenny "The Jet" Smith says the Nuggets superstar won't get his second-straight MVP if his team keeps losing ... telling TMZ Sports the award needs to go to one of the best players on the best teams.
Jokic is balling the hell out this season ... averaging 26 points, 14 rebounds, 6 assists and a player efficiency rating of a whopping 33.8.
The "Inside The NBA" analyst said despite the incredible numbers the 26-year-old is putting up, he can't call him the MVP of the league if his stats aren't resulting in W's for the Nuggets.
"Yeah, [his numbers are good], but they're not winning," Smith said. They're not winning."
"Best record in the league. Best players get the rewards," Smith added. "Same way with him last year. They were the best team. He got the award."
Of course, Kenny is referring to Jokic winning his first-ever MVP award last season ... leading Denver to a 47-25 record.
Smith said that guys like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul would be at the top of his MVP list ... 'cause their teams all have great winning records.
But, all hope isn't lost -- Smith said Jokic and the Nuggets haven't even hit their peak yet ... and they've still got time in the second half of the season to figure things out as a team.
He also offered some advice to Joker ... telling the Serbian big man that if he wanted to secure the MVP award, the key is staying healthy for his team and winning more games.
"You gotta play the whole season. You play the whole season and your team wins, we'll be screaming your name."