Kendrick Perkins has had enough of the MVP race, and makes a shock announcement about who between Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic has claimed it.
The Denver Nuggets have been downright incredible this season. Even with the loss of Jamal Murray, the franchise has seemingly not lost a beat. The team currently sits 3rd in a stacked West and has an overall win ratio of 66.2%. For a team to do this without one of their biggest stars is downright inspiring, and a major chunk of the credit needs to go to Nikola Jokic.
The Serbian has been the front runner in the MVP race for most of this season. He has also been doing his best impression of Russell Westbrook this season. The Joker has 16 triple-doubles just this season, doing it on both ends to lead the Nuggets to wins even in tough games.
Recently, the franchise faced off against the Detroit Pistons. In this game, the Joker recorded his lost triple-double, collecting 20 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists, in just 27 minutes. Also, he did this on just 7 of 11 shots from the field.
And as many analysts were at the time, it seems that Kendrick Perkins was observing Jokic during this game. And after it was over, he put out a very interesting tweet.
Kendrick Perkins gives up the crusade for Chris Paul, accepts Nikola Jokic as his MVP
Kendrick Perkins hardly needs an introduction to the NBA community. An NBA champion, the former player has no transitioned into being a sports analyst with ESPN. During this second career of his, Big Perk has made a name for himself for delivering passionate takes with hilarious vocabulary very often.
While the take we will talk about is a bit lacking in the humorous language department, we can’t say the same about passion. After the Nuggets vs Pistons game had been concluded, Perk put this out on Twitter.
Yep I might as well go ahead and throw in the towel! After Jokic triple double performance tonight and with the W…it’s safe to say that he has officially bagged that MVP trophy. Carry the hell on…
— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) May 15, 2021
This take can be looked at as a bit cruel towards Joel Embiid. After all, he was leading this race before his injury, and has not looked any worse for wear since returning. However, reliability has been called by many as a significant criterion in the MVP conversation. And if that is taken into account, it’s hard to disagree with the former player.
Still, no decision has officially been made yet. Only time will tell if Nikola Jokic can go on and finally grab onto the MVP trophy after the season is completed.