Nikola Jokic is a Star
This year's NBA All-Star Game rosters have been set and, while there are plenty of notable snubs for this year's game, one player who flies under the radar is high on the list of the most egregious. Nikola Jokic, despite playing for a team whose odds to win a title are nonexistent right now, is one of the most electrifying players in all of basketball and is a star even if he isn't an All-Star.
He's No Jokic
What makes Nikola Jokic so dangerous to opposing defenses is how effective he is at doing a number of different things on the court. Jokic is able to be an elite rebounder, a multi-faceted scorer, and a great passer all at the same time, with his passing ability serving as a reminder that he is one of the most versatile players in the entire NBA. It may not be a stretch to say that Jokic is the best passing big man since the likes of Arvydas Sabonis.
This versatility was fully on display in the Nuggets' convincing win over the legendary Golden State Warriors, where Jokic posted a triple-double against a team full of all-star caliber players. This came just days after he scored over 40 points in Madison Square Garden against the Knicks. While scoring a ton of points against the Knicks isn't impressive in itself, doing so in Madison Square Garden against an energized Garden crowd is. Jokic was dynamic and has showed that he can be one of the five best big men in the NBA with a little more seasoning.
Denver Nuggets NBA Futures Betting
The Denver Nuggets have virtually no chance to win the NBA Finals this year, with their futures betting odds at +40000 to lift the trophy in 2017. But it's been clear that the intention for the Nuggets is not to win a title this year, but rather to continue putting the pieces in place so they can eventually contend for championships. Jokic may be the cornerstone to that plan going forward, as will Emmanuel Mudiay, who needs to get healthy consistently if the Nuggets are to drag themselves up the Western Conference standings in the future.
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