NBA legend Rick Barry on Jokic.
The Denver Nuggets finished first in the West with a record of 53-29 this season. The return of Jamal Murray (191cm, G) and Michael Porter Jr. (206cm, F) was a big boost. Other than that, various players did their part.
The player who played the biggest role among them was, of course, Nicola Jokic (211cm, C). Jokic averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists this season. Although he unfortunately failed to win the regular season MVP award for three consecutive years, he competed with Joel Embiid (213cm, C) for the regular season MVP until the end.
And Jokic’s performance continued in the playoffs. In the first round, I met the Minnesota Timberwolves, where the ‘twin towers’ were holding out. But Minnesota’s ‘Twin Towers’ couldn’t control Jokic. Jokic showed his versatility by averaging 26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists in the first round. As a result, Denver won the series 4-1 against Minnesota.
Yokichi’s performance continued after that. Kevin Durant (206cm, F) and Devin Booker (196cm, G) met the Phoenix Suns. The confrontation between the two teams attracted a lot of attention as it was a confrontation between strong candidates for the championship. However, Denver won over Phoenix with a record of 4 wins and 2 losses. During the process, Jokic performed like a monster with 34.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 10.3 assists.스포츠토토
And Denver met the Los Angeles Lakers in the Conference Finals and won 4-0. This time, Yokichi took himself as the vanguard. Jokic led the team to victory by averaging 27.8 points, 14.5 rebounds and 11.8 assists despite meeting Anthony Davis (208cm, FC), the best defender in the league.
NBA legend Rick Barry also opened his mouth to Jokic’s performance. In an interview with Clutch Point, Berry said, “There has never been a center like Jokic in NBA history. I really like his game. Without a doubt, he is the greatest non-athletic player of all time. (Yueum) He plays basketball with his head, not his body. It’s really special,” he said.
As Berry said, Jokic’s performance comes from his head, not his body. He has many strengths, but his ability to keep his teammates alive ranks among the best of all time at the center position.
Even in this playoff, Jokic’s strengths are clearly coming out. Jokic is averaging 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds and 10.3 assists per game. Denver, led by Jokic, successfully advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time since its founding.