Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic becomes fastest center in NBA history to reach 2,000 assists
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic is truly the best passing big man in the NBA today. The Joker made history on Tuesday, becoming the fastest center in league history to reach 2,000 assists.
Nikola Jokic is the first center in NBA history to reach 2,000 career assists before turning 26. pic.twitter.com/ERqE3GJe6W
— StatMuse (@statmuse) March 4, 2020
The seven-foot Serbian notched the feat in the Nuggets’ 100-116 home defeat to the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center. Jokic tallied 16 points, 13 rebounds and dished out seven dimes in 32 minutes of action.
Per Stats Muse, Jokic edged former Cleveland Cavaliers center Brad Daughtery who reached 2,000 assists at the age of 28. Jokic bested him by a good three years, as he just turned 25 years old last month.
Now on his fifth season in Denver, Jokic’s emergence has transformed the Nuggets into a legitimate contender in the highly-competitive Western Conference Standings. With him manning the paint, Denver has won six of their last 10 games and sits third in the division with a 41-20 slate.
Often ridiculed for being seemingly out of shape year after year, Jokic makes up for it by possessing a unique skill set rarely seen from players above seven feet.
His ability to shoot the long ball opens the paint for the Nuggets’ guards while retaining the ability to bang inside. Perhaps his greatest asset is his ability to make plays on the low block, setting up Denver’s plethora of shooters.
His game is certainly similar to retired players Chris Webber and Vlade Divac, who used their excellent court vision to turn the Sacramento Kings into a powerhouse team in the early 2000s.
Jokic made it to his second straight All-Star Game last February after impressive numbers of 20.8 points, 10.2 rebounds, 6.8 assists, and 1.2 steals in 61 games so far.