Another day, Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic reached another historic milestone, building on his legacy following last season’s championship run.
The Nuggets defeated the Utah Jazz 110-102 on Monday. Jokic scored 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds that night. This marked Jokic’s 107th career triple-double. Bundle the two LeBron James and Jason Kidd.
Jokic has soared up the career triple-double list, now trailing only Russell Westbrook, Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone still in awe of Nikola Jokic
Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is still amazed by Nikola Jokic’s greatness.
“I challenge myself to never take Nikola for granted,” Malone Tell Post-game media coverage. “I didn’t even know he had a triple-double … that speaks to his greatness.”
Jokic is no stranger to making things look easy, as he is the only center to top the list of triple-doubles in his career. The next center on the list is Wilt Chamberlin, who finished his career with 78 triple-doubles.
“It speaks to his consistency, playing at a very high level night in and night out,” Malone continued. “One thing you can compare LeBron to Nikola is the ability to make everyone around them better. That’s the definition of greatness.”
It didn’t take long for Jokic’s teammates to notice that he was always sharing the ball. Their chemistry has fully emerged, and the Nuggets have become one of the best offense and passing teams in the league.
“Whoever comes in here, I think they’re going to understand, ‘Oh, we share the ball and I’m going to share it,'” Nikola Jokic said.
The Nuggets are currently 4-0 and will face the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday.