Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green weighed in this week on the ongoing debate over who should win the NBA MVP award this year.
A heated back-and-forth has taken place in the media over the past few days regarding whether Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is worthy of winning a third straight MVP.
Some think he is, others believe he hasn’t done enough.
This week Green offered his two cents on who the best player in the league currently is and who he thinks should win the MVP.
“Joel gotta take that number 1 spot”
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“Joel Embiid has been on a tear,” Green said. “… He’s willing his team to wins. I think that has to account for something… I think Joel has started to create a little separation [from Jokic].”
As far as Green is concerned, that nudges him ahead in the MVP race.
“I think right now, when the next MVP ladder comes out — Joel gotta take that No. 1 spot,” he concluded.
From a statistical standpoint, it’s tough to argue with Green’s take. Embiid is averaging 33.4 points per game on nearly 54 percent shooting from the field.
Jokic, meanwhile is averaging 24.7 points per game on nearly 63 percent shooting from the field.
Philly has the third-best record in the East, while Denver has the best record in the West. A mere one game separates them in terms of wins and losses.
Green is obviously not one to bite his tongue. Between his antics with Jordan Poole this past week, blunt recent message to Dillon Brooks and honest commentary on his Warriors future, he calls it how he sees it.
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So if he is saying this about the MVP race, you know he means it.
Will Green be proven correct and will Embiid end up winning the MVP this year? Time will tell.
Charles Kruger has been credentialed to cover two Super Bowls, four NBA Finals, and one World Series. A 20-year veteran in the sports world, he has sources spanning the NBA, MLB, NFL, UFC and NASCAR. Currently residing in Los Angeles, Calif., he is Game 7’s go-to source for rumors surrounding the Lakers, Clippers and Dodgers.