There's never been a basketball player quite like Nikola Jokic. Not only is he a scoring and rebounding machine, but he's also an exceptional passer and shooter. Centers are rarely able to do all of those things well given their extreme size, but Jokic does them all at an elite level. He's basically a 6-foot-11 point guard with a deadly post game.
The Denver Nuggets center used his rare skill set to make history on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Nikola Jokic Record
Jokic led the Nuggets to a 110-99 victory over the Lakers at home, racking up 31 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. While he narrowly missed his third triple-double of the season, his performance was still good enough to pace Denver in all three categories.
According to ESPN Stats & Info, that's the 85th time Jokic has done so in his career -- a record for NBA centers.
The two-time defending MVP is off to a stellar start for the Nuggets, averaging 22.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 9.4 assists through five games. Those are absurd numbers for a center, as players at his position rarely average more than a few assists per game.
While his scoring is down a bit, the assists would be a new career-high for Jokic. If he's able to maintain that rate while boosting his scoring back up to around 25 points per game, he could be headed for a third straight MVP award.
As it stands, Jokic has the seventh-best MVP odds at +1600 on FanDuel Sportsbook's NBA odds.
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