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Nuggets star Nikola Jokic reveals true story behind creation of his special move ‘Sombor Shuffle’

Nuggets, Nikola Jokic

Adversity can truly bring out the best in some people. Take for instance Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and his signature move, the Sombor Shuffle. 

Due to an ankle injury, Jokic had to find other ways to get his shot off, and so the Sombor Shuffle was born. The move is so difficult to defend even former Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors talked about it and how hard it is to stop.

The Nuggets big man talked about the creation of the signature move in an interview with Rachel Nichols of ESPN (starts at 1:00 mark).

Sombor is Nikola Jokic’s birthplace in Serbia and the phrase Sombor Shuffle does have a nice ring to it.  

Jokic may not be the most athletic guy on the court, but he still stands at 6’11 and so when the Nuggets superstar does his signature move combined with his skills, defenders can just put a hand up and hope he misses. 

The Joker is very young for the things he has accomplished, but his awkward-looking Sombor Shuffle has the potential to be this generation’s Dirk Nowitzki’s fabled, one-legged, fadeaway jump shot.

The German’s combination of height and fluidity in motion made his signature move unstoppable for years. The worst part for defenders is that he can hit it from anywhere. This move is regarded as one of the most unstoppable shots in the history of basketball just after Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s legendary skyhook. Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James stated this and was at the receiving end of the move in the 2011 NBA Finals. 

With the Nuggets plagued by injuries–the most notable one to electric scorer Jamal Murray–we might witness even more of the Sombor Shuffle than usual.