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February 16, 2019, 10:29 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets have agreed to extensions with president of basketball operations Tim Connelly and GM Arturas Karnisovas.
The Nuggets haven't reached the playoffs in the last five seasons but will surely end that streak this year. Their abundance of talent and depth currently has them in second place in the Western Conference although Paul Millsap, Gary Harris, Will Barton and Isaiah Thomas have all been injured for much of the season. Their draft choices and player development over the years has been a big catalyst for this as one could look at Nikola Jokic and the breakout seasons of Jamal Murray, Torrey Craig, Monte Morris and Malik Beasley, all of them having been with Denver since their first day in the NBA.
Source: Denver Post
February 14, 2019, 1:08 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 20 points on 7-of-17 shooting (6-of-6 FTs) with 18 rebounds, 11 assists and one steal in Wednesday's 120-118 win over the Kings.
Jokic is a tiny bit under his ADP this season on a per-game basis, sitting in the No. 10 slot in standard leagues, but he has stayed on the floor and has been a fine pick for owners.
February 12, 2019, 12:15 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic had a "pedestrian" outing in Monday's home win, delivering 23 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, three 3-pointers and seven turnovers.
Jokic still had a big double-double but we're used to more from one of the league's brightest new stars. Will Barton also wasn't quite up to par with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting but filled the rest of the box score nicely with six rebounds, five assists, a steal, a block and three triples. Expect both to be better in the next one.
February 8, 2019, 10:29 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic secured another triple-double on Friday vs. the Sixers with 27 points (11-of-22 shooting), 10 rebounds, 10 assists, one trey and three steals but it was not enough as his Nuggets fell 110-117.
Jokic is as solid as they come. This is his third tip-dub in his last five games. He's also been averaging 22.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 8.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game during that span. Ride him into the sunset or to that championship trophy – whichever you prefer.
February 6, 2019, 10:15 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
In a tough loss to the Nets on Wednesday, Nikola Jokic recorded his 10th triple-double of the season with 25 points, 14 rebounds, 10 assists, a trey, one steal and one block in 34 minutes.
At the rate that Jokic has been playing, he’s making a strong case to finish as a top-5 player in 8/9-cat by season’s end. Just sit back enjoy the ride as he does his darndest to carry his Nuggets team.
February 4, 2019, 9:27 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic battled foul trouble on Monday, but still put up 16 points on 7-of-17 shooting to go with three rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Jokic couldn't handle the matchup against Andre Drummond tonight, but we'll give him a pass on this one as it was his fourth game in six days. Last time these teams met in 2018, the Joker dropped a big triple-double but tonight he dealt with foul trouble and some fatigue.
February 2, 2019, 12:44 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic was one assist shy of recording a big triple-double against the Rockets on Friday, posting 31 points (12-of-15 shooting), 13 rebounds, nine dimes, one trey and one steal as he led his team to victory.
This could have been his third triple-double in his last four outings but who's counting? Joking aside, this recently minted All-Star is priming for yet another strong second-half close to a season. Expect big lines similar to this one as the Nuggets fight for their playoff berth in a competitive Western Conference.
January 31, 2019, 7:32 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, LaMarcus Aldridge and Karl-Anthony Towns have been named All-Star reserves for the Western Conference.
Jokic and Davis were squeezed out of starting spots by three small forwards (if basketball positions are still your thing) taking the frontcourt spots, but both have been dominant all season long and deserve all the accolades we can give them. It's tough to quibble with most of the selections here, though reigning DPOY Rudy Gobert, who is in the midst of a career season, and Tobias Harris, also turning in a career season as a top-level scoring option, stick out as the most egregious snubs. Jrue Holiday, DeMar DeRozan and Luka Doncic, who was one of the top performers in the fan vote, were also left out.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
January 30, 2019, 10:44 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic put up a triple-double on Wednesday in a 105-99 win over the Pelicans with 20 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
He also added five defensive stats (three steals and two blocks) and shot 9-of-16 from the field. Jokic is a top-10 value this season and a majority of the Nuggets’ offense is run through him. Triple-doubles are coming easy right now to the best passing center in the NBA.
January 28, 2019, 10:30 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic scored 24 points on 10-of-20 shooting with a 3-pointer, five rebounds, three assists and four steals on Monday against the Grizzlies.
Jokic went toe-to-toe with Marc Gasol tonight and came out the victor thanks to help from his supporting cast. The Joker was able to put up a relatively solid line against the grit and grind Grizzlies and he gets a crack at the Pelicans on Wednesday.
January 27, 2019, 12:06 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic was unstoppable in Saturday's 126-110 win over the Sixers, collecting his seventh triple-double of the year with 32 points, 18 rebounds, 10 assists, a steal and two 3-pointers.
Jokic went 12-of-22 from the field and only committed one turnover. He missed a great opportunity to produce against the lowly Suns on Friday thanks to his weak one-game suspension, but was able to make up for lost time with this outing against the shorthanded Sixers. The Joker is dealing right now and making lines like this look easy.
January 25, 2019, 1:47 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic will serve a one-game suspension on Friday for leaving the bench Wednesday against the Jazz.
This is the standard punishment for the bench-leaving rule, so Jokic will take care of that against the lowly Suns. Mason Plumlee seems like a good daily play.
Source: Harrison Wind on Twitter
January 24, 2019, 1:12 amNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets fell to the Jazz on Wednesday even with Nikola Jokic playing his heart out and delivering 28 points on 10-of-21 shooting with 21 rebounds, six assists, two steals, one 3-pointer and one block.
Rudy Gobert was being a pest but was not enough of a nuisance to prevent Jokic from dropping this monster line. Sadly, it was the Jazz that got the last laugh and the win. As long as the Nuggets are battling it out for those highly coveted Ws, expect Jokic to bring the goods, true to the Superstar he has become.
January 17, 2019, 11:27 pmNikola Jokic - C - Denver Nuggets
Nikola Jokic played just 25 minutes in Thursday's 135-105 cakewalk against the Bulls but still had 18 points, eight rebounds, 11 assists, a steal and a block.
Jokic went an uncharacteristic 6-of-18 from the field but has been on an incredible run of late, so owners aren't likely to care all that much. Denver actually trailed after the first quarter but quickly dispatched the Bulls in the second and never looked back.