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Kevin Garnett disputes this year's MVP pick

Published May 12, 2024 at 2:35 PM

Nikola Jokic just nabbed his third MVP title, but not everyone's on board with the decisionócount NBA icon Kevin Garnett among the skeptics. On the "All the Smoke Podcast," KG threw his support behind Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, arguing the OKC dynamo was snubbed this year.

''It's a regular season award, and usually the best player on your team usually represents the best team. So I thought Shai [Gilgeous-Alexander] should have had [the MVP]. He's on the best team in the league... it's a regular-season award."

Jokic's stats are undeniably impressive: 26.4 points, 12.4 boards, and 9 assists per game on 58.3% shooting, leading the Nuggets to a top-three finish in the West. The big man scooped up 79 first-place votes, making the final tally a landslide. But here's where Garnett makes a compelling case for Shai. Despite receiving only 15 first-place votes, Gilgeous-Alexander's monster seasonówith averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.4 rebounds on 53.5% shootingócarried a youthful Thunder squad to the top of the standings, sparking debate over the real value of an MVP.

Shai's impact on the Thunder was transformative, and legends like Shaquille O'Neal have even sided with Garnett, suggesting Jokic might not have been the most deserving this time around. Yet, the votes are in, and Jokic holds the trophy. For Shai and his supporters, the focus must now shift to the ultimate NBA prizeóa championship that eluded him this MVP season. For many, it's not just about individual accolades but lifting the whole team to glory.

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Kevin Garnett disputes this year's MVP pick

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