Nikola Jokic is a genuine joy to watch. He’s not afraid to bang around in the paint, but the bruising big has ball skill and trickery too. Niko is a great big because he’s an extremely willing and very talented passer, screens well, runs to the rim hard, and is capable of spacing the floor. He’s also got some great hands, with a soft touch around the basket, and he has the patience and know-how to read the game. He only averaged 21 minutes a game this season, but his per 36 minutes numbers are nice to look at for a 21 year old rookie: 16.5 points, 11.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 1.0 blocks per game (again, per 36 mins).
This reel starts off with defense. Nothing flashy, because Niko isn’t really the swat shots type, but know that Jokic is a capable and intelligent defender. Again, he’s a rookie, but he’s clever and is further along than most young bigs in the league with his understanding of NBA defenses. The highlights then turn to passing, so if you’re not going to stick around for the entire video, I figured I’d throw up my favorite part of his game early on. I don’t know if it’s just that I REALLY LOVE his passing, but at this point, I prefer his game over Jahlil Okafor's. It’s hard to gauge because Jah got to be the man over in Philly, but I’d put Jokic just behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis in terms of best rookie bigs of this class (even though Jokic was a draft and stash prospect). Again, it’s not that I’m devaluing Myles Turner and Okafor, it’s just that I just enjoy Jokic more.
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