Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic considered as top NBA center, per GM Survey
Who is the best center in the NBA?
1. Nikola Jokic, Denver — 48%
2. Joel Embiid, Philadelphia — 28%
3. Anthony Davis, L.A. Lakers — 17%
Also receiving votes: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee; Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota
Last season, Jokic has taken his game to a whole new level as he averaged 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 7.2 assists per game. His stellar performance has allowed the Nuggets to secure the second-best record in the Western Conference. It also paved the way for him to make the All-Star team for the first time in his career.
Jokic is once again expected to lead the Nuggets to the top of the conference standings, and while the rest of the contenders in the West have bolstered their rosters by signing or trading for All-Stars, Denver has only made several minor moves in the offseason as they want to ride with their young core, which also includes Jamal Murray, whom they signed to a long-term extension.
Although he’s still just 24 years old, Jokic has already become one of the best players in the NBA, and the fact that he’s voted higher than guys like Embiid and AD speaks volumes as to how impressive he has been.
One weak point of Jokic’s game is his defense. He’s usually being bullied inside the paint by bigger, more athletic centers in the league. If he can improve on that end of the floor, he’ll definitely be more dominant than he is now, and that will prove to be a problem for the rest of the NBA.