NBA MVP Power Rankings: New No. 1 emerges after spectacular week

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2. Nikola Jokic

Last rank: 1

Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets have been rolling over the last few weeks. However, the Nuggets still can't jump out to a comfortable lead for the first seed in the Western Conference. As of Monday morning, the Nuggets find themselves half a game back of the Oklahoma City Thunder for the first seed.

Despite dominating in virtually every game since the loss to the Dallas Mavericks, Jokic will drop in this week's latest MVP Power Rankings. Jokic finished March averaging just two rebounds shy of a triple-double but recorded his best defensive month since the beginning of the season.

Jokic's 1.5 steals per game during March became a common stat that voters circled when labeling the Serbian as this year's MVP. Despite dominating, it's clear the MVP race has gotten much tighter than fans expected, with just under two weeks left in the NBA regular season.

In the Nuggets' latest game, Jokic dominated the Cavaliers with a 26-point, 18-rebound, and 16-assist triple-double. This display of mastery from Jokic in just three quarters is the reason Denver beat the Cavs by 29 points at home.

Jokic earned the right to win the 2024 MVP award, but it has become increasingly close with Luka Doncic's recent surge. If Jokic wishes to win his third MVP award, the Nuggets will need to continue winning games and likely clinch first in the Western Conference.