Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokić wins third MVP award

Add another trophy to Nuggets' superstar Nikola Jokić's trophy case as he was named MVP Wednesday for the third time in four years.

Why it matters: Jokić became the ninth player in league history to win the regular season award three times, joining the likes of Michael Jordan and LeBron James.

State of play: The Joker averaged 26 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists per game this season — which are all on par with his previous two MVP years.

– The Nuggets finished tied for the second best record in the NBA and Western Conference with 57 wins and 25 losses.

The other side: This win was arguably his most contested as many, including hall-of-famer Shaquille O'Neal, thought Oklahoma City Thunder guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander should've won the award.

Gilgeous-Alexander averaged 30 points per game while leading the Thunder to the No. 1 seed in the West (though they have the same record as the Nuggets).

Between the lines: Jokić is continuing his dominance as the league's best big man, capping an incredible four-year run that's seen him garner four all-star selections

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