Richard Jefferson says Nikola Jokic best player ‘one out of every four nights’
Since he entered the league back in the 2015-16 season, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has continued to impress basketball fans, as he has shown a lot of improvement each year. That said, it has led to many believing that he will be their franchise player moving forward, and that he is one of the most important pieces of their future plans.
For Richard Jefferson though, he still sees him very inconsistent with his performances. He even said, via Harrison Wind of BSN Denver, that he is only their best player in one of every four nights. However, he gave the Serbian international a lot of credit for being a natural scorer, and said that he wants him to always be aggressive during games.
“I think he’s a good player. He’s the best player on the floor about one out of every four nights and for us to be the players and the team that we need to be, it needs to be every two out of three nights. That’s what he needs to be for us. And unfortunately, people have to do things that they don’t normally do. I don’t know if scoring comes extremely natural to him but we need him to be more aggressive on the offensive end especially with Paul (Millsap) out. Especially with two young point guards. We need him to be more of an offensive threat and aggressive.”
The veteran swingman was brought in by the Nuggets in the offseason to be their locker room leader, as well as mentor their young players. His recent comments proves that he has accepted that role, as he is challenging Jokic to become even better and is trying to get the best out of him.
Should Jokic respond positively to his teammate’s strong words for him, the Nuggets will definitely benefit from it, especially now that they need him to step up even more with Millsap still recovering from his thumb injury. Jefferson’s presence will also play to his advantage as he can guide him this season and could be a good source of tricks of the trade which Jokic can apply throughout his budding career.