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Setting $31,000,000,000 League on Fire, 23YO Sensation Channelises Inner Nikola Jokic in Michael Rubin, NBA Star Blake Griffin and Billionaire 76ers Owners’ Venture

Published 08/06/2023, 1:35 PM EDT

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The NBA is never easy to compete in. While players struggle to excel in even one aspect of the game, some players defy the odds to become all-round superstars. Players like Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson have set themselves apart from the lot with this very skill. By racking up an unprecedented number of triple-doubles, these greats made a remarkable name for themselves in not just one but three statistical categories. The 2023 Finals MVP, Nikola Jokic is also among these greats.

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Nikola Jokic has been a ground-breaking revelation in the NBA. The Serbian national possesses skills unlike anyone his size, being a threat in every aspect of the game. However, a 23-year-old sensation showed some similarities to The Joker, but in a completely different game.

23-year-old sensation channelizes his inner Nikola Jokic


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Nikola Jokic is one of the unique centers of NBA history. The 2 time MVP has influenced the game unlike any other, showing unbelievable skills in almost every aspect of the sport. Be it scoring, rebounding, playmaking, or defending, The Joker seems to know it all. This insane ability of the Serbian national has helped him crack an elite list in the NBA.

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The Denver Nuggets star ranks 6th all-time in the league in triple-doubles. Over the years, Jokic has shown that he is a triple-double machine, dominating in unprecedented ways as a center. However, a 23-year-old recently channeled his inner Jokic in a completely different sport.


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6’6 SlamBall player, Gage Smith made history, becoming the first-ever player to put up a triple-double in league history. In a stunning display of athleticism, Smith made history in an unorthodox basketball league. He ended the night with 10 PTS, 13 LBR, and 11 STPS.

Smith achieved a historic feat in SlamBall. However, this $31B league, which also holds investments from big names like former All-Star Blake Griffin and Michael Rubin, is very different from conventional basketball.

Wondering what SlamBall is? Let’s dive in.

SlamBall is a sporting sensation

NBA is the premier league in the world for basketball. The intensity and the unparalleled talent in the league had made it a global phenomenon in the sport. However, the NBA is for the most authentic type of basketball. SlamBall, on the other hand, is a completely different game.


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SlamBall is a thrilling combination of elements from basketball, football, hockey, and gymnastics that is taking the world by storm. Its high level of athleticism, physicality, and skill level have made it one of the most exciting leagues in the world. This has also drawn investments from the “Lob City” alum, Blake Griffin, Philadelphia 76ers co-owner, David Adelman, and Fanatics CEO, Michael Rubin.

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Griffin, Adelman, and Rubin’s venture SlamBall has reimagined 4 sports to culminate an unbelievable viewing experience. However, this league was prevalent much before their investment. Mason Gordon created it in 1999 and ran for 2 seasons in 2002 and 2003. After returning briefly in 2008, it is officially back this year.


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The league became a cult classic back in its day. On its return, it is still booming. After Gage Smith’s historic triple-double, this league can only expect more attention coming its way. Blake Griffin, David Adelman, and Michael Rubin must definitely be very happy investors.

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Written by:

Sachit Kaundinya


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Sachit is an NBA content writer at EssentiallySports. He has been following the NBA for several years and is deeply passionate about the sport and it’s strategic aspects. Combining his passion and desire to stay connected with basketball, Sachit pursued a writing career.
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Saumya Khanduja