VIDEO: Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic finds a cutting Monte Morris with a crazy no-look behind-the-back pass
The Denver Nuggets faced off against the Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday night, and the elite passing of All-Star center Nikola Jokic was on display late in the second quarter of the game.
👀 Jokic with eyes in the back of his head! 👀 #MileHighBasketball
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Hitting a cutter is difficult even when facing towards the play, let alone when you’re back is completely turned. Somehow, Jokic knew where Monte Morris would be and managed to let the ball trickle out of his hands right into the breadbasket of Morris.
Jokic has already firmly established himself as one of the best (if not the overall best) passing big men in NBA history. According to Basketball Reference, Jokic has logged an assist rate higher than 25 percent for the past three seasons.
In NBA history, prior to Jokic, only two big men had ever logged over 2000 minutes while producing an assist rate that high: Joakim Noah in 2013-14 with the Chicago Bulls and Vlade Divac in 2003-04 with the Sacramento Kings (now he’s the General Manager).
Jokic, to his credit, managed to log a whopping 37 percent assist rate last season, which is clearly the best among centers in NBA history. Beyond that, Jokic poured in 20.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game while helping to pilot the Nuggets to a two-seed in the Western Conference last year.
This season, Jokic has not looked quite as transformative as he did last year, but that hasn’t stopped the Nuggets from grooving out to a 7-2 start to the season.