Nikola Jokić

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Nikola Jokić
Nikola Jokić.jpg
Jokić with Mega in February 2014
No. 15 – Denver Nuggets
Position Center / Power forward
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 22)
Sombor, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m)
Listed weight 250 lb (113 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 2014 / Round: 2 / Pick: 41st overall
Selected by the Denver Nuggets
Playing career 2012–present
Career history
2012–2015 Mega Basket
2015–present Denver Nuggets
Career highlights and awards
Stats at NBA.com
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Nikola Jokić (Serbian Cyrillic: Никола Јокић; born 19 February 1995) is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m), he plays at the center position. He was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2014 NBA draft.

Professional career[edit]

Mega Basket (2012–2015)[edit]

In the summer of 2012, Jokić signed a contract with Mega Vizura, although in the first season with the team he played mostly for their junior team in 2012–13. In the 2013–14 season, he saw many more minutes on the court for the senior team. Over 25 Adriatic League games, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He also played 13 games with the team in the Serbian League.

Following the selection in the 2014 NBA draft and the departure of Ratko Varda, he became one of the team leaders in the 2014–15 season. In the first game of the Adriatic League, he led his team to a 103–98 win over MZT Skopje, by scoring 27 points and grabbing 15 rebounds for a total index rating of 44.[1][2] He was named the MVP of the Round 1.[3] On November 3, he recorded 17 points, 12 rebounds and season-high 8 assists for a total index rating of 40, in a 90–84 victory over Zadar.[4] For such performance, he was named the MVP of the Round 6.[5] On February 7, he scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in a 77–88 loss to Szolnoki Olaj.[6] He was named the MVP of the Round for the third time in a season.[7] For his performances over the month, he was named the MVP for February, having averaged 21.7 points and 12.3 rebounds per game.[8] On March 21, he scored season-high 28 points and added 15 rebounds to help his team win with 100–96 over Igokea.[9] He was named the MVP of the Round 26, his fourth Round MVP award over the season.[10] Even though Mega Leks finished in 10th place in the Adriatic League, Jokić became one the league's most valuable players. Over 24 games played, he averaged 15.4 points, league-leading 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while leading the league with the index rating of 22.[11] On March 26, he was officially named the Adriatic League regular season MVP.[12] He was also named the ABA League Top Prospect for the 2014–15 season.[13]

After the elimination by Partizan Belgrade in the semifinals of the Serbian League, Jokić parted ways with the team to pursue an NBA career.[14]

Denver Nuggets (2015–present)[edit]

On June 26, 2014, Jokić was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.[15]

2015–16 season: Rookie year[edit]

In the summer of 2015, Jokić joined the Denver Nuggets, one season after being drafted. On July 28, 2015, he signed a contract with the Nuggets after averaging 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds in five summer league games for the team.[16] On November 18, 2015, he had a then season-best game with 23 points and 12 rebounds in a 109–98 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[17] On January 10, 2016, he recorded a career-high nine assists in a 95–92 win over the Charlotte Hornets.[18] On February 1, he recorded career highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds in a 112–93 win over the Toronto Raptors.[19] On April 8, he set a new career high with 15 rebounds in a 102–98 win over the San Antonio Spurs.[20] At the season's end, he finished third in the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award voting[21] and earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honors.[22]

2016–17 season[edit]

On October 29, 2016, Jokić recorded 23 points and a career-high 17 rebounds in a 115–113 overtime loss to the Portland Trail Blazers.[23] After starting the first eight games of the season, Jokić was moved to the bench on November 12. He remained coming off the bench for the next 14 games.[24] During that stretch as a bench player, he had a season-high 27 points and 11 rebounds in a 112–92 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on December 12.[25] On December 19, he recorded a near triple-double with 27 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in a 117–107 win over Dallas.[26] He had another near triple-double on December 28, recording 16 points, a career-high 11 assists and eight rebounds in a 105–103 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.[27] On January 16, 2017, he scored a career-high 30 points in a 125–112 win over the Orlando Magic.[28] He surpassed that mark three days later, scoring 35 points in a 118–104 loss to the San Antonio Spurs.[29] On February 3, 2017, he recorded his first career triple-double with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in a 121–117 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[30] On February 10, 2017, he scored a career-high 40 points to lead the Nuggets to a 131–123 victory over the New York Knicks. He went 17 of 23 from the field and added nine rebounds and five assists.[31] Three days later, he set career highs with 12 assists and 21 rebounds to go with 17 points in his second career triple-double in a 132–110 win over the Golden State Warriors.[32] On February 28, 2017, he recorded his third career triple-double with 19 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a 125–107 win over the Chicago Bulls.[33] The following night, he had his second straight triple-double and fourth of his career—all within 13 games. He finished with 13 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists in a 110–98 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.[34] On March 16, 2017, he recorded his fifth triple-double of the season with 17 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists in a 129–114 win over the Los Angeles Clippers.[35] On March 31, 2017, he recorded his sixth triple-double of the season with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a 122–114 loss to the Charlotte Hornets.[36] Jokić finished the season with a 29-point, 16-rebound, eight-assist effort in a 111–105 season-finale win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on April 12.[37] His six triple-doubles ranked fourth on the season behind Russell Westbrook (42), James Harden (22) and LeBron James (13).[38] At the season's end, he finished second in the 2017 NBA Most Improved Player Award voting as well as in the 2017 Assist of the Year voting.[39]

National team career[edit]

Jokić was a member of the Serbian U-19 national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2013 World Championships. Over eight tournament games, he averaged 7.1 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.[40] He represented Serbia at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, where he averaged 17.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game[41] while earning tournament MVP honors. At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Serbia won the silver medal.

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high

NBA[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 Denver 80 55 21.7 .512 .333 .811 7.0 2.4 1.0 .6 10.0
2016–17 Denver 73 59 27.9 .577 .324 .825 9.8 4.9 .8 .8 16.7
Career 153 114 24.6 .550 .327 .818 8.3 3.6 .9 .7 13.2

Other leagues[edit]

Season Team League GP MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2012–13 Mega Basket Serbian League 5 10.2 .375 .500 .667 2.0 .8 .2 .0 1.8
2013–14 13 24.2 .560 .465 .625 6.0 3.3 1.0 .5 10.9
Adriatic League 26 25.0 .519 .221 .667 6.4 2.0 .8 1.0 11.5
2014–15 Serbian League 14 27.8 .566 .275 .708 10.4 2.7 1.1 1.1 18.4
Adriatic League 24 30.5 .503 .346 .667 9.3 3.5 1.5 .9 15.4

Personal life[edit]

Jokić has two older brothers Nemanja and Strahinja, both of whom had a huge impact on his development as a player and person.[42][43] The younger of the two, Nemanja, played college basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy. Both of them are very close friends with the former NBA player Darko Miličić.[44]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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