Raptors’ Danny Green calls Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic a ‘big man octopus’
danny green just described nikola jokic as a “big man octopus” pic.twitter.com/i55TKfyIL3
— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) February 16, 2019
Because that’s not weird at all or anything.
But obviously, Green meant it as a compliment, as Jokic is an incredibly unique big man who does a little bit of everything.
On the season, Jokic is averaging 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 7.7 assists and 1.4 steals over 31.6 minutes per game while shooting 50.5 percent from the floor, 30.8 percent from three-point range and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The 23-year-old Serbian was originally selected by the Nuggets in the second round (41st pick overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft, making him one of the bigger second-round steals in NBA Draft history.
He came over to the NBA for the 2015-16 campaign and appeared in 80 games, making 55 starts. During that time, Jokic registered 10 points, seven boards, 2.4 assists and one steal across 21.7 minutes a night while making 51.2 percent of his field-goal attempts and 81.1 percent of his foul shots.
The following season, Jokic showed significant improvement, recording 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists through 27.9 minutes per game, connecting on 57.8 percent of his shots, 32.4 percent of his triples and 82.5 percent of his free throws.
Then, last year, he continued to improve, tallying 18.5 points, 10.7 boards, 6.1 dimes and 1.2 steals across 32.6 minutes a night while converting on 49.9 percent of his field-goal tries, 39.6 percent of his treys and 85 percent of his foul shots.
While Jokic has gotten better, so have the Nuggets, as Denver owns a record of 39-18 and sits two games behind the Golden State Warriors for first place in the Western Conference.