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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic ‘not gonna die’ if he doesn’t make the All-Star team

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Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic would love to make the All-Star team this season, but he’s not going to lose sleep over it.

Nikola Jokic is currently seventh in fan voting for Western Conference frontcourt players. If the big man wants to make it to All-Star weekend in Charlotte, he will likely need the coaches to vote him in as a reserve.

However, making the All-Star team is not Jokic’s main focus this year. He just wants to win as many games as possible for Denver.

“If it doesn’t happen, I’m not gonna die,” Jokic said, via Mike Singer of the Denver Post. ” Yes, I want to be an All-Star because I just want to be in those group of guys. It’s not something that I’m gonna play this season to be an All-Star.”

Jokic deserves to be an All-Star this season, as the 23-year-old is putting up monster numbers while leading the Nuggets to the best record in the West standings.

Entering Saturday, Jokic is averaging 19.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.6 assists per game while shooting 50.0 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from beyond the arc and 84.0 percent from the free-throw line. Jokic has 26 double-doubles and five triple-doubles. He is establishing himself as one of the best passing big men in NBA history.