Nikola Jokic Rumors

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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

The award was years in the making for Jokic, as it is for any player whose name is etched among its exclusive company. In six short years since arriving in the United States, Jokic has transformed his body, turning internet memes and jokes about his weight and conditioning into relics. He’s grown more mature, largely eliminating the reactionary behavior — to missed calls, opponent trash talk, etc. — that would take him out of his game earlier in his career. He’s answered calls about his defensive acumen, progressing from liability to bonafide difference-maker on that end of the floor. And he has continued to add tools to perhaps the league’s most impressive offensive bag.
During a season defined by attrition, a shortened offseason taking its toll on many of the league’s best teams and players, Jokic kept going. He was one of only five players in the NBA to start all 72 regular-season games. He was third in minutes played, averaging a career-high 34.6 per game. And it wasn’t just that Jokic was spending more time on the court. He also was being asked to do more for a team that was besieged by absences to its biggest complementary pieces at various points in the season — from Michael Porter Jr.’s 10-game absence due to COVID-19 protocols in January to Jamal Murray’s season-ending ACL injury in April to the hamstring injury that put playmaker Will Barton on the shelf for the final 13 games of the regular season and, to this point, all of the playoffs.