Tristan Thompson Reveals Who Should Be 2022/2023 NBA MVP

Tristan Thompson Reveals Who Should Be 2022/2023 NBA MVP

  • Tristan Thompson feels Jayson Tatum should win the 2022/23 NBA MVP award
  • The star forward has led the Boston Celtics to the top of the Eastern Conference
  • Nikola Jokic, the winner of the last two awards, leads the MVP ladder this season

The 2022/23 NBA MVP race has sparked heated arguments on social media, which have been raging since the season tipped off in October.

Nikola Jokic has won the last two MVP awards and is still in the driving seat this season, with many analysts predicting the Serbian will become the first player to win three straight MVPs for the first time in nearly 40 years.

However, 2016 NBA champion Tristan Thompson has said Boston Celtics star, Jayson Tatum should be the MVP this season.

Nikola Jokic, Jayson Tatum, Tristan Thompson, NBA, MVP
The last time a Boston Celtics player won an MVP award was in 1986 through Larry Bird. Photos by Ned Dishman, Rocky Widner/NBAE and Nathaniel S. Butler.
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There have been great performances in the NBA this season. Veterans like LeBron James and Kevin Durant have been performing at a high level for the Lakers and Nets respectively.

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However, the NBA MVP ladder ranks Denver Nuggets center Jokic, Tatum and Philadelphia 76ers star, Joel Embiid in the top three in that order.

Jokic continues to impress and his performances have lifted the Nuggets to the top of the Western Conference. Embiid is the points-per-game leader in the NBA and has helped the Sixers to second in the Eastern Conference.

Thompson on Tatum being MVP

Thompson, who played with Tatum at the Celtics, said his former teammate should be the MVP. The forward led Boston to the NBA Finals last season but had a poor showing in Game 6, which the Golden State Warriors won to seal the title.

After 47 games this season, Tatum is averaging 31.1 points per game and is shooting 46.8% from the field. He also averages 8.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.

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Thompson says with everyone looking at Jokic, he is tipping Tatum to win it.

"Everyone's talking about Jokic, but I'm gonna go with Jayson Tatum. Two-time MVP Jokic, time to switch it up."

The Celtics have the best record in the NBA (35-15).

Fans react to Thompson's MVP

Most fans on social media did not like Thompson's opinion on the MVP race.

"More insightful analysis from national media heads haha. just gotta give it to him"
"Legit why would anyone want to listen to this dude."
"This is why you’re no longer in the league."
"What is a random bench player doing here?"
"If, IF he averages a triple double on 62% shooting as the 1st seed, I’m sorry but jokic would 100% be the MVP."
Nikola Jokic, NBA, Denver Nuggets, Jayson Tatum, Joel Embiid
Nikola Jokic is on track to win his third straight MVP award. Photo by Dustin Bradford.
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Tatum reveals conversation with Green

Tatum recently revealed he had a candid talk with Warriors veteran Draymond Green a few months after the 2022 NBA Finals, Sports Brief earlier reported.

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The forward was named the Eastern Conference MVP, but said facing the experience and determination of the Warriors was another thing entirely.

Tatum said Green had offered him advice on the difficulty of winning back-to-back titles, and they also discussed life and that Green was getting married.