Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wants to be ‘the Tim Duncan of Denver’
Duncan spent his entire legendary career with the San Antonio Spurs. The future Hall of Famer, along with Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks), are three legends who played for only one team during their NBA careers, and Jokic wants to be the fourth.
When asked if he wants to be in DEN for his whole career, Jokic told @VicLombardi on @AltitudeTV:
“Oh yeah. I was talking to Tim Connelly. I can be the Tim Duncan of Denver Nuggets. Denver Nuggets Tim Duncan. Kind of a funny thing to think about but it could be one a reality.”
— Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) February 23, 2019
Nikola Jokic signed a five-year, $147.7 million maximum contract extension with the Nuggets last summer. He can’t enter the open market until 2023 and it’s very doubtful the Nuggets will let it get to that point.
Jokic made his first All-Star team this season, and sure enough, it won’t be his last. The Joker is averaging 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds and 7.7 assists per game this season while shooting 50.5 percent from the field, 30.8 percent from beyond the arc and 84.9 percent from the free-throw line.
Arguably the best passing big man in the NBA right now, Jokic has 39 double-doubles and 12 triple-doubles this season. His personality is perfect for Denver. Jokic doesn’t care about the hoopla and allure of big market cities. He just wants to keep his head down, play basketball and win as many games as he can.
Denver is 39-18 on the season entering Friday, good for second place in the Western Conference standings.