It was no secret this would be the result long before the news was leaked earlier on Tuesday:
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) June 8, 2021
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.
The one outlier vote that turned heads: Derrick Rose got one first-place MVP vote. While Rose had a nice season, especially after being traded to New York, he was not at an MVP level. So who voted for him? Well, you did readers — Rose got the cumulative fan vote for MVP.
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.)