Phoenix Suns Legend Describes Why Nikola Jokic is His Favorite Player in the Modern Era

Published 03/25/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Feb 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) reacts back to the referees in the fourth quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Most of the time, the conversations around the league favorites only revolve around names like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, James Harden, or Kawhi Leonard. However, one name that often misses mention is that of Denver Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic. The Serbian comes out of hibernation every year to damage the defense of every team.

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The world knows Joker for his creative passing abilities and unmatched court vision. He is the Batman to Jamal Murray’s Robin with the ability to win games single handedly. Still, not many list him as their favorite player to watch. But is there anyone who does?

What capabilities make Nikola Jokic the most watchable player?

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Dan Majerle, 55, a former Phoenix Suns legend, keeps his highest regard for former rival Michael Jordan. He also sees a GOAT in the making in LeBron James and another great player in Steph Curry. However, when it comes to entertainment, he chooses Nikola Jokic over everyone.

In a recent interview, the 55-YO legend expressed, “Joker from Denver… I love guys who have a high basketball IQ. I just fixate on him and just the way he’s thinking. He sees plays two or three steps before anybody else. Just the passes that he makes and his vision. Sometimes, he’ll catch the ball, just stand there and he’ll make a quick move, or he’ll dribble and he’ll fake you and then drop a pass, just his mental IQ, I just love watching him play. Defensively, he is slow, but he is always in the right position. You don’t do that if you’re not thinking the game and that’s what I love watching, guys who think the game. He is the best at it by far.”

The Cookie Monster is a player that can even give even great defenders like Draymond Green a run for their money. He is basically a center player who plays like a point guard as well.

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Denver Nuggets riding on Jokic’s broad shoulders

An eye-opening stat about Nikola Jokic’s current season describes how he is a literal do-it-all monster. Currently, the Nuggets are #5 in the WC with a 26-18 record and have a real chance to move up. In these 44 games, Jokic has played 43 and is leading the team in as many as 10 parameters. He is averaging 27.1 points, 11.3 rebs, 8.6 assists at a 57.1% FG and 42.7% 3P. Those MVP figures are better than anyone on his team.

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Does this not say a lot about this elite ball passer? He can pass accurately from a 90-ft range and manipulate defenses with fake-look passes. It is very tough to share the floor with a 7-footer who can play any position. Certainly, Joker is an entertaining player and will do great things going ahead!

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Sourabh Singh

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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