VIDEO: Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic makes signature wrap-around assist pass vs. Timberwolves
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Jokic averaged 7.3 assists per game last season, but he has seen a slight drop in distribution this 2019-20, averaging 5.9 dimes through the first eight games.
The Serbian big man has consistently been lauded for his vision and creativity, frequently using his size and length to fit the ball into tight windows and make slick one-handed feeds.
Even though the Nuggets have burst from the gate with a 6-2 start, things have not quite gone as smoothly for Jokic. He is still averaging over 16 points and close to 10 rebounds, but he is shooting below 46 percent from the floor and just 26.5 percent from deep on over four attempts per game.
However, Jokic has made strides on the defensive end, and he has locked down the paint for a Denver team that is top five in terms of opponents scoring average and top six in defensive rating.
The Nuggets are hoping to build on a season in which they finished second in the Western Conference, and it bodes well if they can find ways to win even when Jokic is not quite producing up to his usual standards.
But be careful, that wrap-around can devastate defenders in the blink of an eye.