We studied the CV of Nikola Jokic (27), MVP of the last two editions in the jersey of the Nuggets with whom he has just signed the biggest contract in history (264 million over five years).
MORPHOLOGY – 2m11 129kg
The Serb is a true force of nature. His extraordinary physique makes him an intractable pivot. In the racket, it is very difficult to move. This does not prevent him from enjoying distributing the balls.
TRAINING – KK Vojvodina Srbijagas (until 2012)
The native of Sombor in northern Serbia discovered basketball playing with his two brothers Strahinja and Nemanja. Very young, he wears the colors of KK Vojvodina Srbijagas. Very quickly, he becomes a dominant figure. He then interested many upscale clubs in the country. In the summer of 2012, he signed a contract with KK Mega Leks. He was then 17 years old. “Jokic is a product of the former Yugoslavia.
That’s why he likes to distribute the game so much. Young people are basically playmakers. It is only as they get older that they specialize in a position. In Serbia, Jokic is the second sports star behind Djokovic. A few months ago, the two Djokers met for Dejan Milojevic’s last match before he left for the United States (in Golden State, Editor’s note). A very rare opportunity. Jokic is also a hero in Serbia,” assures journalist Miodrag Dimitrijevic of Nova.rs;
KK Mega Leks EXPERIENCE (2012-2015)
Nikola Jokic launches his professional career in this Serbian club. Although during his first season, he mainly learned with the junior team, he still participated in five games in the Serbian championship (1.8 points, 2 rebounds in 10.2 minutes). In 2013/2014, Jokic played 25 Adriatic League matches with very high averages: 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists; At the same time, he played 13 matches in the Serbian championship: 10.9 points, 6 rebounds, 3.3 assists. On June 26, 2014, he was drafted in 41st position by the Nuggets. He remains despite everything an additional season in his Serbian team. After the elimination of his team by Partizan Belgrade in the semi-finals of the championship, he took over the management of the NBA.
Denver Nuggets (since 2015)
On July 10, 2015, he signed a four-year contract with the Colorado franchise. On November 18, 2015, he already had his best game with 23 points and 12 rebounds against San Antonio (109-98 victory). Since his arrival, he has been the Nuggets’ flagship player. And this even if Denver is still chasing a first NBA title.
2015 AWARDS: ABA Championship MVP
That year, his team finished 10th in the Adriatic League. Jokic is named MVP of the season and top prospect. In 24 games, he has a statistical line of 15.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists.
2016: Olympic vice-champion
If, in 2013, at the Worlds, he already obtained a silver medal with the Serbian U19s (elected MVP of the tournament), that obtained three years later obviously has even more weight in Rio at the Olympics. The Serbs only lost in the final against the USA (96-66). At the end of his first NBA season, he ranked 3rd in the rookie of the year ranking behind Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis.
NBA All-Star from 2019 to 2022
$ 264 million is the sum that Denver agreed in early July for the extension of his contract spanning the next five years. This is the largest financial deal in the history of the Great League! We’re obviously talking about a player who already has four NBA AllStar selections… in the past four years.
NBA MVP 2021 and 2022
While Jokic has already been voted Serbian Player of the Year twice in 2018 and 2021, his NBA MVP trophies over the past two years have taken him to another dimension. In 2021, Jokic had participated in all Denver matches, aligning mind-blowing statistics: 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds, 8 assists. This year, he went up a notch again: 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds. Jokic should even be one of the big attractions of the European Championship from September 1 to 18.
By his size, his versatility, his altruism, his skill, his exceptional vision of the game, he can notably deliver golden passes, Nikola Jokic has already marked the history of the NBA. Against the Bucks one evening in February 2018, he completed the fastest triple-double of all time in 14 minutes and 33 seconds (16 points, 11 rebounds, 10 assists). Now he has to bring back a ring…
THE OPINION OF… DEJAN MILOJEVIC
Former Mega Leks coach: “Jokic is constantly improving season after season. When you see him play, you wonder if he can do even better and that’s the case. He is a boy who works a lot. When he was at Mega, I knew he could become a very good NBA player. From there to him becoming an MVP, I couldn’t believe it. Novak Djokovic is probably Serbia’s greatest athlete of all time. But Nikola is following in his footsteps. He still has many good years ahead of him.”