Kia MVP Ladder: At the end of the season, Nikola Jokic is back at the top.

Nikola Jokic set the tone this week by downplaying the importance of Wednesday’s game against Minnesota, then dominating it to lead Denver to the top of the Western Conference with a 116-107 thumping of the Timberwolves.

Grujic scored 41 points while making 16 of his 20 shots while being mostly covered by Rudy Gobert, the front-runner for Kia Defensive Player of the Year. In addition to grabbing 11 rebounds and dishing out seven assists, the reigning Finals MVP took control late in the third quarter and destroyed the NBA’s best defense.

Jokic virtually rubberstamped Kia MVP No. 3 for the six-time All-Star with his 20th 40-point performance.

From this angle, it appears that way, at least.

So, Jokic finishes first for the fourth consecutive season in the final edition of Kia Race to the MVP Ladder for 2023-24.

If Jokic seizes a third MVP, he joins the company of a trio of three-time winners: Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Moses Malone. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five), LeBron James (four) and Wilt Chamberlain (four) have taken home more MVPs.

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