WATCH: Nikola Jokic Channels Michael Jordan With Incredible Spin Move and Dunk

Published 01/15/2021, 1:31 AM EST
Dec 28, 2020; Denver, Colorado, USA; Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic (15) shoots over Houston Rockets forward Christian Wood (35) in the first quarter at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports


Nikola Jokic has been having an excellent start to the NBA season. The big-man from Serbia has been averaging a triple-double every game since the start of the season. While the Nuggets have been inconsistent, Jokic has been the most reliable player on the team. And now, Jokic threw back to another NBA legend with an amazing move.

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Nikola Jokic goes ‘Air Jordan’

In the Denver Nuggets game against the Golden State Warriors, Jokic made an incredible spin move and drove to the basket to dunk the ball. His move was eerily similar to Michael Jordan, who threw up several reverse dunks during his legendary NBA career. Jokic showed that despite being a big man, he has some Air Jordan in him.

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Jokic threw down the dunk with such grace that many assumed he wanted to ‘Be Like Mike’. He is one of the best big men in the NBA today.

For Jokic, his one defining quality is his impeccable passing ability, and he is possibly one of the best passing centers in the history of the NBA. However, he is also a great scorer and is almost unstoppable on the court.

Joki has displayed terrific form over the past few years. Despite being a second-round pick, Jokic ended up becoming an All-Star. Last year, he was the catalyst for the Denver Nuggets as they defeated the Jazz and the Clippers to reach the Western Conference finals.

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‘The Joker’ playing amazing

Michael Jordan was incredible at almost every aspect, but dunking was one of his defining qualities. Arguably, no player has been able to emulate a classic Jordan dunk since MJ left. But tonight, Jokic came pretty close in emulating Jordan with an incredible spin move and reverse dunk.

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This season, Jokic has gotten even better. Despite the Nuggets not playing as well, Jokic has been the consistent superstar for the team. He’s averaged a triple-double throughout the season and is only getting better as the season has gone on. Jokic posted another triple-double as he helped the Nuggets defeat the Golden State Warriors.

Can Jokic help lead the Nuggets to the NBA playoffs again? If he continues his incredible run of form, the Nuggets will be able to get a good seed in the tough Western Conference.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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