Kendrick Perkins makes shocking racism accusation against NBA, claiming Nikola Jokic, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash won MVP awards for their skin color
Kendrick Perkins deleted a video accusing the league of racist practices while choosing the league MVP in reference to Nikola Jokic, Steve Nash and Dirk Nowitzki
Kendrick Perkins deleted a video off his Twitter after claiming the NBA is racist over their consideration for league MVP. “Since 1990 there have been only 3 MVPs that weren’t top 10 in scoring that won that award,” said Perkins in his later deleted video. The three players are Dirk Nowitzki (2007), Steve Nash, and Nikola Jokic. “What do they have in common? I’ll let it sit there and marinate,” said Perkins.
Perkins made this whole video to respond once again to JJ Redick who was critical of him for downplaying Jokic’s season and choosing Embiid for MVP. “It feels like the goalpost moves every single time… We want to push it out there that this particular player that we want to win MVP,” said Perk on the standards of the award changing every season.
The change in the standards is not new to the league. Many players set the bar higher than their predecessors and achieve feats that are new to the league which gets them the award. Russell Westbrook is a great example as he won MVP in 2017 despite finishing as the sixth seed. MVPs were rarely given to a player below the 4th seed and Russ broke that narrative by averaging a triple-double in the league for the first time in the 21st century. Perkins’s main gripe was with the Steve Nash MVP in 2006 as he felt Kobe should have won the award.
Nikola Jokic is on his way to becoming the first MVP to three-peat since Larry Bird
Nikola Jokic is certainly lacking love from Kendrick Perkins but the rest of the NBA is in awe of his greatness. The Denver Nuggets center is averaging a triple-double this season for the first time in his career at incredible efficiency. Jokic has the highest Player Efficiency Rating (PER) of any player this season at 31.9 and has Denver comfortably at the #1 seed.
The MVP rarely goes to the player who brings the ‘most value’ to their team as standings never reflect value, however, Jokic’s value is there for the league to see. The Nuggets are 3-5 without Jokic this season. The Denver Nuggets have an offensive rating of 109.5 without Nikola Jokic, for context the league’s lowest offensive rating this season is 109.8. The Joker is the focal point of this team with a very evident value.
Nikola Jokic might not win MVP due to voter fatigue as this concept has plagued the NBA ever since Bird won three in a row. LeBron James missed out on his 3rd MVP in a row despite putting up incredible numbers due to Derrick Rose’s breakout year. Joel Embiid has been finishing 2nd to Jokic for the last two years which would make him a worthy winner for sure. Kendrick Perkins and JJ Redick will have to patiently wait for the MVP verdict to settle their debate.
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