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Nikola Jokic ‘maybe the best big man passer’ in the NBA, per Gregg Popovich

Gregg Popovich, Nikola Jokic, Nuggets

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich just acknowledged Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic as the best passing center in the NBA, perhaps in history.

Jokic has already been labeled as the best passing center in the league today, but Coach Pop saw it first-hand during the Spurs’ Wednesday showdown against the Nuggets,

“He maybe the best big man passer in the league, if not, he’s close to it.” Coach Pop said, per Paul Garcia of Project Spurs.

The Nuggets beat the Spurs, 132-126, in a game that saw the Joker dominate. The Serbian juggernaut logged 25 points and a game-high 11 assists, all while knocking down three of his five 3-point attempts. With stat lines like this, it’s no wonder why the two-time All-Star gets such high praise from an all-time great coach.

After the game, Gregg Popovich also likened Nikola Jokic to some legendary big men in NBA history. He said that Jokic is the reincarnation of Larry Bird and even called him Moses Malone.

In just his fifth year in the league, Jokic has proven that he’s one of the most uniquely-gifted center the NBA has ever seen. Prior to Wednesday’s game, he was averaging 20.3 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game while shooting 52.6 percent from the field.

Is Jokic the best big man in today’s modern NBA? It’s hard to argue otherwise.