Nikola Jokic is runaway MVP, but LeBron is still the best player in the world: Survey

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Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NBA. Each week, we send out questions to the most plugged in Detroit Pistons fans, and fans across the country. Sign up here to join Reacts.

According to the most recent SB Nation Reacts survey, a full 100 percent of Pistons fans are confident the team is headed in the right direction. That number has held steady for most of the last two months.

Everyone seems to have been terrified of the teardown and skeptical of the rebuild, but once they saw Troy Weaver’s plan in action, fans quickly got on board and have been unwavering in their support ever since.

Detroit, like every other team in the league, is working through a non-stop schedule to end the season. With the end of the regular season scheduled to come May 16, the NBA is forcing teams to finish their schedule.

However, more than two-thirds of fans around the NBA think the league condensed the schedule too much. Oddly, this condensed schedule might benefit the tanking but not tanking Pistons, because it gives the organization a ready-made excuse to hold out veterans regularly to avoid the wear and tear of the compressed timeframe.

One major reason it’s believed the league was so adamant on finishing this early is because of the expected 2021 Olympics this summer. However, only 44 percent of fans believe that’s a worthy reason for playing games at this pace.

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Around the NBA

While the schedule is difficult for everyone, some teams are having more success than others. That’s in large part due to the success of star players around the league. This year’s MVP race has seen a changing group of players from start to finish.

As the season nears its end, though, one player has emerged as the front runner for the award. 61 percent of fans nationally think Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokić is the league’s MVP. Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul was the next closest with 17 percent.

While Jokić appears to be the clear MVP, that doesn’t mean he’s considered the best player in the game right now. That title, according to fans, still goes to Lakers superstar LeBron James.

Paul’s re-emergence with the Suns has been a game-changer. The point guard was picked as the player who has made the biggest difference on their new team, far surpassing Brooklyn’s James Harden.

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