The Denver Nuggets did a tremendous job drafting Nikola Jokic in the 2014 NBA Draft, choosing an unknown player from Serbia who is now dominating the NBA.
After eight years in the league, Jokic is considered by many to be the best player in the world.
The Nuggets are one win away from winning the NBA Championship, and Jokic hasn’t stopped receiving praise for his performance.
Jokic could become one of the 10 best centers of all time with a title.
Nick Wright believes he can end his career as one of the top five to do so, rivaling Shaquille O’Neal on the list.
Is Jokic Already The Greatest Center Of All Time Win Or Lose It?@Chris_Broussard: If someone doesn’t win the title, maintains that level of production, he’s a top 10 center.@getnickwright: Jokic could end up where people actually debate him vs. Shaq. That’s the top 5. Where he is now is different. pic.twitter.com/f0DI8bajQl
— First things first (@FTFonFS1) June 9, 2023
The debate about the greatest center of all time is always contentious.
The NBA has had great players who marked an era, from George Mikan to Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain to Hakeem Olajuwon and Shaquille O’Neal.
They all dominated in different eras and in similar ways.
Jokic presents something different, as he is a great passer, someone who can spread the floor, and also provide points for his teammates.
He’s not a big defender or dunker like O’Neal, but Jokic has mastered his craft, playing like a seven-foot guard who affects the game in a variety of ways.
As Jokic continues to get better, the comparisons to Shaq will continue.
Jokic has already won two NBA MVPs, became the second recipient of the Magic Johnson Award for Western Conference Finals MVP, and he’s looking for more.
The Nuggets have a chance to win the NBA title this Monday, and Jokic has a chance to be the MVP.
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