Tonight, NIKOLA JOKIĆ became the third European basketball player to be named the most useful player in the NBA. Before him, only the German Dirk Nowitzki (2006) and the Greek Giannis Antetokounmpo had achieved this result in the first two years.
Jokic dominated this season, and his Nuggets ranked third in the Western Conference with a score of 47-25. In addition, in the first round of the playoffs, the Nuggets eliminated Portland with Jokic’s breakthrough.
In the regular season this season, the Serbian center averaged 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.7 blocks per game.
Serbian center Denver swept his opponents in a contest to select the league’s most useful players. Jokic scored 971 points, Joel Embiid scored 586 points, Stephen Curry scored 453 points, and defender Antetokounmpo scored 348 points.
Out of a total of 101 voters (one vote cast by 100 reporters and spectators), Jokic was among the top 91 voters. Eight of them ranked Jokic in second place, one in third, and only one voter. Jokic is not in the top five.
Many experts claim that Jokic’s unusual performance at the center position, because the Serb can perform all five positions almost as well when necessary, makes him a top player in the NBA, and because of his versatility, He changed the role of center forward and thus completely changed the game of basketball.
We called Dino Radja for advice. The man who partnered with Vlado Divac 30 years ago also redefines the number five position, fundamentally changing the way modern basketball views centers.
“Definitely well deserved. Behind Nikola is an amazing season. This is a unique genius who looks at basketball in a completely different way. This guy has incredible basketball wisdom, which is rare. Doncic The basketball IQ with him is very poor, so you are born, it is impossible to be a player, no matter how much they train, they can improve some parts of their game on a fanatical basis and work hard for themselves, but what these two people have, You were born with him. He played a season without taint and I congratulate him from the bottom of my heart,” he told us. She gave birth.
Many people would say that Jokic, like Doncic, has the potential to become the best European basketball player ever. We asked Raja if he agreed with this.
“I think he can, but it all depends on him. Nicholas has nothing to learn, just to improve his physique, and I think he can dominate without any problems for the next ten years. The only problem It’s whether he will be satisfied with what he has achieved, with the money he has. Has earned or will be driven by the desire to succeed. Let’s say like Drazen. If the latter happens, I don’t see who Can stop him. However, I must say that comparing the greats of different eras is ungrateful and stupid. Each generation has given its own idols, which is very difficult. In my opinion, there is no need to discuss who is the best in history. Basketball has changed a lot in the past 20 or 30 years. Offense has become the top priority of defense, so different player profiles have become more and more important. Sabonis, Avidas will eat it, And Nikola has a lightness that Lithuanians don’t have. This is a widely discussed topic, everyone will participate in a fight and drink water. It’s all a matter of affinity,” the member told us. Hall of Fame.
Finally, we asked Raja if he is a coach, if he can choose, and when he will choose the Jokic-Doncic-Bojan Bogdanovic trio.
“All three, haha. I’m joking, this is a complicated problem because it depends on many parameters. The key is what kind of team do you have, what kind of team profile, what kind of players. You lack a center or Shooter. Then, the coach’s vision is also very important. You can have several top stars in a team without doing anything, because you don’t know how to deal with them. But there is no doubt that no one does not want to have these three. A team of people,” Dino concluded.