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Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic
Position: C
Born: 02/19/95
Height: 7-0 / 2.13
Weight:253 lbs. / 114.8 kg.
Salary: $29,542,010
Nikola Jokic continues to build an MVP case by doing things that no center has done since Wilt Chamberlain. On Tuesday, Jokic collected the 50th triple-double of his career with 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Denver Nuggets rout the Bucks 128-97 at Milwaukee’s Fiserv Forum. Jokic’s latest milestone put him in rarefied company for big men. He became only the second center ever to reach 50 career triple-doubles, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, joining Chamberlain, who had 78. Jokic is also just the ninth player in history to record 50 triple-doubles, and only Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson did it faster than him, according to Elias Sports Bureau research.
“He has been a dunking machine as of late,” said Malone, who kidded that Jokic should try to enter this weekend’s All-Star dunk contest. “We joke about it, but it really does speak to his overall conditioning, staying in great shape and being disciplined. “Most people are emotional eaters, right?” Malone said. “If you have any reason to overeat, it’s this season. It’s been crazy. Can’t leave the hotel, get tested three times a day. But Nikola has laser focus and discipline. He has been just a machine for us. And for him to attack the basket, dunk and hang on the rim as much as he has this year is really fun to watch.”
Drafted in the second round, Jokic is now a perennial All-NBA candidate who said he first met Karnišovas two years before the draft. “I just have a long relationship with him. He’s from Europe so (we) have a similar mindset. He’s a great guy to have,” Jokic said. “This is a new challenge for him. I’m looking forward to see what he’s going to do. They have an All-Star this year [Zach LaVine] so that’s a good thing. I wish him all the best.”