Nikola Jokić

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Nikola Jokić
Nikola Jokic (40980299891).jpg
Jokić with the Nuggets in 2018
No. 15 – Denver Nuggets
Position Center
League NBA
Personal information
Born (1995-02-19) February 19, 1995 (age 23)
Sombor, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Listed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 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
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 7 ft 0 in (2.13 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.

2014–15 season

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[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,[39] as well as in the 2017 Assist of the Year voting.[40]

2017–18 season[edit]

On November 7, 2017, Jokić scored a career-high 41 points in a 112–104 win over the Brooklyn Nets.[41] On November 13, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday November 6 to Sunday November 12. He became the 17th Nugget in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honors and the first since Ty Lawson in March 2013.[42] Jokić had a seven-game absence with a left ankle sprain in early December.[43] On January 8, he had his first triple-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 124–114 loss to the Golden State Warriors.[44] On February 15, in a 134–123 win over the Milwaukee Bucks, Jokić recorded 30 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 17 assists, reaching a triple-double with 1:54 remaining in the second quarter.[45] He recorded the quickest triple-double in NBA history in 14 minutes and 33 seconds, besting Jim Tucker's previous record of 17 minutes from 1955.[46] On February 23, he recorded his third straight triple-double with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists in a 122–119 win over the San Antonio Spurs.[47] On March 7, he recorded 36 points and 13 rebounds in a 113–108 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.[48] On March 15, he recorded his eighth triple-double of the season with 23 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 120–113 win over the Detroit Pistons, thus setting the most triple-doubles by a Nuggets player in a season since Fat Lever had nine in 1988–89.[49] On April 1, he had 35 points and 13 rebounds in a 128–125 overtime win over the Bucks.[50] On April 9, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games played from Monday April 2 to Sunday April 8, thus earning his second Player of the Week nod for the season.[51] Later that day, he recorded 15 points, a season-best 20 rebounds and 11 assists in an 88–82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, thus securing his 16th career triple-double and his 10th of the season.[52] In the Nuggets' regular season finale on April 11, 2018, Jokić recorded 35 points and 10 rebounds in a 112–106 overtime loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. It was his seventh 30-point game of the season. The loss ruled the Nuggets out of the playoffs with a 46–36 record. It was the first final-day play-in game in the NBA in 21 years, with Minnesota also vying for a spot in the playoffs.[53]

2018–19 season[edit]

On July 9, 2018, Jokić signed a five-year, $148 million maximum contract extension with the Nuggets.[54][55]

National team career[edit]

Jokić was a member of the Serbian U-19 national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. Over eight tournament games, he averaged 7.1 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.[56] 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[57] while earning tournament MVP honors.

At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Serbia won the silver medal, after losing to the United States in the final game 96–66.[58]

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
2017–18 Denver 75 73 32.6 .500 .396 .850 10.7 6.1 1.2 .8 18.5
Career 228 187 27.2 .530 .366 .832 9.1 4.4 1.0 .7 14.9

Triple-doubles[edit]

[59]

Number Date Opponent Box Score Points Rebounds Assists Blocks Steals
1 February 3, 2017 vs. Milwaukee Bucks W 121–117 20 12 11 0 1
2 February 13, 2017 vs. Golden State Warriors W 132–110 17 21 12 0 2
3 February 28, 2017 vs. Chicago Bulls W 125–107 19 16 10 1 0
4 March 1, 2017 vs. Milwaukee Bucks W 110–98 13 14 10 0 1
5 March 16, 2017 vs. Los Angeles Clippers W 129–114 17 14 10 0 0
6 March 31, 2017 vs. Charlotte Hornets L 114–122 26 13 10 0 0
7 January 18, 2018 vs. Golden State Warriors L 114–124 22 12 11 1 3
8 January 27, 2018 vs. Dallas Mavericks W 91–89 11 16 11 2 0
9 February 1, 2018 vs. Oklahoma City Thunder W 127–124 29 13 14 2 1
10 February 13, 2018 vs. San Antonio Spurs W 117–109 23 13 11 1 0
11 February 15, 2018 vs. Milwaukee Bucks W 134–123 30 15 17 2 1
12 February 23, 2018 vs. San Antonio Spurs W 122–119 28 11 11 0 0
13 March 11, 2018 vs. Sacramento Kings W 130–104 20 11 10 1 2
14 March 15, 2018 vs. Detroit Pistons W 120–113 23 12 10 3 3
15 April 7, 2018 vs. Los Angeles Clippers W 134–115 23 11 11 1 2
16 April 9, 2018 vs. Portland Trail Blazers W 88–82 15 20 11 1 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.[60][61] The younger of the two, Nemanja, played college basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy. Both of them are friends with former NBA player Darko Miličić.[62]

See also[edit]

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