We have entered the final stretch of the NBA season, and the battle for the MVP title is tighter than ever.
In recent weeks, Joel Embiid (33.2 points, 54.4 percent from the field, 10.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game) overtook Nikola Jokic (24.9 points, 63.4 percent from the field, 11.9 rebounds and 9.9 assists per game) and became the favorite in the betting agencies, but the gap Small - smaller than ever.
Both are worthy.
Embiid and Jokic (Photo: GettyImages, Mitchell Leff)
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ESPN conducted another poll among 100 members of the media, and Embiid leads Jokic with 790 points, compared to the Denver star's 788 (voting for the first place awarded 10 points, for the second place 7 points, for the third place 5 points, for the fourth place 3 points, and for the fifth place one point).
Although the Philadelphia center received the most points from the respondents, Jokic actually received more votes for first place - 42 out of 100 members of the media chose him, compared to 40 who preferred the Cameroonian.
If these are the final results, it will be the closest MVP battle of all time.
In 1989/90, 22 points separated the winner (Magic Johnson) and second place (Charles Barkley).
The closest race in the last 20 years was in 2004/05, when Steve Nash was 34 points ahead of Shaquille O'Neal.
In the first poll carried out by ESPN, in December, Jayson Tatum led.
Then, just before the All-Star break, Jokic was a clear favorite - 77 out of 100 respondents chose him for the first place.
But now, as mentioned, the business has become tighter than ever.
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He also has a not bad case at all.
Yanis (Photo: Reuters)
Yannis Antetokounmpo (31. points, 55.3 percent from the field, 11.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game) has not yet said the last word either.
The Greek Freak received 612 points (18 votes for first place), and he leads Milwaukee to the best balance in the league.
1. Joel Embiid - 790 points (40 first place votes)
2. Nikola Jokic - 788 points (42 first place votes)
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo - 612 points (18 first place votes)
4. Jayson Tatum - 292 points
5. Luka Doncic - 37 points