Bill Walton reacts to people calling Nikola Jokic best passing big man ever
Walton says he took pride in playing winning basketball and helping his teammates be successful during his playing career.
The former MVP recently spoke to Michael Pina of GQ about Jokic being compared to him while the Nuggets have turned heads at Walt Disney World:
“I played to win. That’s what I played for. That was my goal, that was my purpose, that was my mission,” Bill Walton said when asked about the Nikola Jokic comparison.
“And I wanted my teammates to be great, and I wanted to do everything I could to help them. And I wanted to win the game. I love watching teams come together and that’s what we’re witnessing right now. I love the creative and collaborative aspect of successful basketball teams and I love the versatility and adaptability, the way that the great players keep coming up with something else, something new. And that is a reflection of their brains and a reflection of their soul, and a reflection of their background and their culture. Their foundation, their coach. Nikola’s got a lot of things going for him.”
Walton finished his legendary NBA career with averages of 13.3 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
However, before he started having foot issues, Walton put up 17.1 points, 13.5 boards and 4.4 assists per game with the Portland Trail Blazers from 1975 to 1978.
Jokic has already finished three seasons with the Nuggets averaging at least six assists per game. No other center in NBA history has accomplished that feat.
Since entering the NBA in 2015, Jokic has compiled averages of 17.0 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists with the Nuggets. He may not be the most athletic fella, but the Nuggets star has proven time and time again that his high IQ of the game and passing ability is enough for him to dominate games.