Nikola Jokic: Perhaps The Most Unconventional NBA Player We Have Ever Seen (2/18/20)

I mean you just look at him being so goofy and think that there is no way he even makes an NBA roster. And then he scores a triple double, in a team win that comes down to the final seconds of the game. These are all observations of the man, the myth, the legend, Nikola freaking Jokic.
On top of being selected as an NBA all-star this season and being a part of a team that is currently ranked second in the Western Conference, Nikola Jokic also broke Michael Jordan’s single-season triple-double record in October. He currently has 39 in the regular season, not including the four that he racked up in the post-season. Yah, he’s only 24 too… talk about being a stud!
Up until last season, Jokic wasn’t really considered that great. I mean, he was the 41st (out of 60) pick of the 2014 NBA Draft. He also isn’t as visibly built, with little defined muscle. Bleacher Report even went so far as to say,“…up until last season, deeming him[Jokic] a star meant submitting yourself to a war of reaction.” Last year, the Joker silenced all of them haters by making 58.9% of his shots while averaging a jaw-dropping 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.3 assists a game. In that season, he earned himself his first spot on an NBA All-Star team. And with exception to Wilt Chamberlain and maybe Oscar Robertson, no other center in the history of the Association has put up numbers like that. This season, Jokic has pretty much stayed consistent with his stats: averaging 20.6 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 6.9 assists a game.
In his twelve minutes of action in the NBA All Star Game this past weekend, the Joker scored five points, two rebounds, one assist, and one steal. Afterwards he joked that he was “snubbed” from the MVP award.
Sports analysts have been talking about the unprecedented rise of the Denver Nuggets and it might all trace down to Nikola Jokic. Maybe through his sense of humor and fun, he is more enjoyable to his teammates, who are mostly pretty young too, and from that there is much less choking from being under pressure on this young Nuggets squad. Maybe that’s why they have been able to come up so clutch towards the end of their games this season. Maybe that’s why they are currently 38-17.
Back six years ago, when the Nuggets drafted Jokic, they crossed their fingers eyes closed that he would be at least a good player. Now the Joker is the face of Mile High Basketball.