June 12, 2021

Foreign-born players who have been named NBA MVP

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Denver Nuggets superstar lowest NBA Draft pick to win MVP

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Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic was named MVP on June 8, 2021, making him just the sixth non-U.S.-born player to win the award. Let’s look at all of them.

Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets, C

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Won: 1993–04 season. Born: Lagos, Nigeria.

Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns, PG

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Won: 2004-05, 2005-06 seasons. Born: Johannesburg, South Africa (Surprise! His family moved to Canada when he was 18 months old).

Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks, PF/C

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Won: 2006-07 season. Born: Wurzburg, Germany.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks, PF

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Won: 2018–19, 2019-20 seasons. Born: Athens, Greece.

Nikola Jokic

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Won: 2020-21 season. Born: Sombor, Serbia.

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