Nikola Jokic wants to be Nuggets’ Tim Duncan
Denver Nuggets star and MVP candidate Nikola Jokic has drawn comparisons to Tim Duncan, and Jokic would love to follow in Duncan’s footsteps. Duncan played his entire 19-year career with the San Antonio Spurs and won five NBA championships.
Matching Duncan’s five titles will be a tall order, but Jokic playing his entire career with one team isn’t out of the realm of possibility. In a Serbian interview recorded before the 2020-21 season and aired on Monday, Jokic opened up on wanting to be the Nuggets’ version of Duncan:
From tonight's episode on RTS, Nikola Jokić:"When i came to Denver i said that i would love to be Denver's Tim Duncan, because he played his whole carreer in San Antonio. God willing, I would love to play my whole carreer in Denver." pic.twitter.com/JLC8NyusRC
— THE JOKER(S) 🃏🇷🇸 (@NBASerbians) May 31, 2021
Nikola Jokic is currently in his sixth season with the Nuggets after they drafted him in the second round in 2014. After impressing in his first few seasons, the big man soon developed into an All-Star player and MVP candidate. The Joker averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists in the regular season in 2020-21.
Jokic led Denver to the Western Conference Finals last year and is now trying to get them past the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of this year’s playoffs. The series is tied at two games apiece as it shifts back to Denver for Game 5.
The Nuggets star will have to channel his inner Tim Duncan in order to lead his team on a deep playoff run. The loss of Jamal Murray toward the end of the regular season was a tough setback, but Jokic has continued to persevere.
Looking forward, Nikola Jokic is under contract through the 2022-23 season. There’s little reason to think he goes anywhere else in the near future, but how Denver performs in the coming few seasons could ultimately determine that.