It was no secret this would be the result long before the news was leaked earlier on Tuesday:
Jokic is the lowest pick ever to win MVP — No. 41 — and the first Denver Nugget ever.
As expected, Jokic ran away with MVP, garnering 91 of the 100 first-place votes cast by selected media members; he finished second on eight more ballots and third on one.
The more tightly contested race was for second, which Joel Embiid won — meaning centers finished 1-2 in the voting — followed by Stephen Curry in third. Embiid finished second despite missing 21 games this season. Curry had more first-place votes than Embiid — five to one — but Embiid had 62 second-place votes to Curry’s 23, and that was the difference.
Here is the full voting breakdown:
(If you want to know what media members voted for whom, all the ballots for each voter will be posted at PR.NBA.com after the announcement of all end-of-season awards.)
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It’s official: Jokic wins MVP, Embiid second, Curry third; here is voting breakdown originally appeared on NBCSports.com