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Joel Embiid leads new ESPN NBA MVP straw poll

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In a new MVP straw poll completed by ESPN, Embiid had 45 first-place votes and finished with 789 points, putting him in first place. Jokic came in second with 43 first-place votes and 754 points, while Giannis Antetokounmpo was a more distance third place with nine first-place votes and 512 points. There were at least two voters from each of the NBA’s 28 markets, and to mimic the setup of the official MVP vote, voters submitted a five-player ballot with the league’s scoring system.

Others receiving votes: Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant; Chicago Bulls forward DeMar DeRozan; Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant; Dallas Mavericks forward Luka Doncic; and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker and Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler, who tied for 10th with a single fifth-place vote each.

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