Denver’s Nikola Jokic is being talked about as a Most Improved Player candidate, and for good reason. The 22-year-old big man has a totally unique game and can pass the lights out.
He’s not an above-the-rim type player, but he dominates with finesse and smarts.
Initially forgotten about as the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the “Joker” has quick earned a reputation for both his ability to outsmart opponents and his fun-loving nature.
Jokic is first among centers this season with 8 assists per 100 possessions, and he does it with the ease of a point guard.
With a natural court sense that brings to mind some of the best passing big men in history—Arvydas Sabonis, Vlade Divac, Bill Walton—Jokic has catapulted himself into elite company.