Nikola Jokic Can Play Basketball

Of Denver’s rookies this year, it’s the unheralded 6’10”, 20 year old Serb drafted 41st in the 2014 second round that’s delivering so far. And he’s delivering in a big way.

In 46 games so far Jokic:

  • is averaging 9.2 points and 5.7 rebounds per game in 19.5 minutes of action;

The initial concern was that he was not athletic enough to be a competent NBA defender. However, his defensive RPM is ranked 30th (out of a total of 77 centers) – so he’s no Enes Kanter.

He can also do this:

Keep an eye on this guy. He can play.