ESPN poll: Jokic leads the race for a second straight title, embiid Antetokounmpo lost

2022-06-05 0 By

With the end of the regular season approaching, a recent ESPN MVP poll shows Nuggets center Nikko Jokic leading the pack and likely to win the award for the second straight year.In the poll, Jokic received 62 of the 100 first-place votes for a total score of 820, while Embiid came in second with 29 of the 100 first-place votes for a total score of 719, according to ESPN’s Tim Stumps.Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo received nine of the 100 first-place votes and finished third with 593 points.The three also won all 100 first-choice votes.The 76ers’ Enderby ranked first in the February poll.Stamps noted that the poll is not final, but suggests that Jokic and Embiid are in a close race.The 24-year-old Jokic, who was last season’s MVP, is still on fire this season, shooting 57.6 from the field, 34.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 26.3 points, 13.6 rebounds, eight assists, 1.4 steals and 1.4 3-pointers in 69 games for the Nuggets (45-31).Jokic is averaging 2.8 more rebounds per game and shooting better than last season.Embiid has played in 61 games this season, averaging 29.9 points, 11.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists, 1.5 blocks, 1.3 3-pointers and 1.2 steals while shooting 48.9 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from 3-point range.Antetokounmpo, a two-time MVP, has 29.7 points, 11.6 rebounds, 5.8 assists, 1.4 blocked shots and 1.1 3-pointers in 61 games this season, shooting 55 percent from the field and 30 percent from 3-point range.