Nikola Jokic is arguably the best big man in the NBA today. While Joel Embiid would have a say on that, the Denver Nuggets star is just a different beast who is actually on his way to breaking a Wilt Chamberlain record.
On Sunday against the Brooklyn Nets, Jokic put up another monster triple-double of 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Steve Nash and company just had no answer for him, as the Nuggets went away with a 124-104 victory.
It is already Jokic’s 71st career triple-double, which puts him just seven away from tying Chamberlain for the most among big men. Throughout his time in the pros, Wilt recorded 78 triple-doubles.
Nikola Jokic today:
He is 7 away from tying Wilt Chamberlain for most triple-doubles by a center in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/8cybnmD3Il
— StatMuse (@statmuse) February 6, 2022
Nikola Jokic continues to show why he was named MVP for 2020-21, and it won’t be far-fetched to think he can win it for the second straight year with the way he is playing.
Joel Embiid is making a case for himself as MVP, though Jokic is not too far behind and can certainly sway some votes in his favor. The Nuggets star can also turn the tides if he is able to lead Denver to a Top 4 seed and the playoffs by himself–especially with the likes of Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. still sidelined.
As for Wilt Chamberlain’s record, don’t be surprised if the Joker ties or breaks it this year.