Nikola Jokic has emerged as the clear frontrunner for NBA MVP during the 20-21 season, according to a new straw poll from ESPN.

Jokic took 90 of the 101 first-place votes cast in ESPN's latest MVP straw poll, conducted this past weekend.

A center hasn't won the award since Shaquille O'Neal in 2000.

Jokic is averaging career highs of 26.0 points, 10.9 rebounds and 8.8 assists while also shooting career bests from 3-point range (41.8%) and the free throw line (85.3%).