Denver Nuggets Banking on Best NBA Rookie You’ve Never Heard Of, Nikola Jokic

February 11th, 2016 by Adam Fromal Leave a reply »

You probably won't hear Nikola Jokic's name much in Rookie of the Year conversations, even if he's held his own against presumptive favorites Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzingis in their few meetings. He won't be a headliner at All-Star Weekend, even if he's representing Team World at the Rising Stars Challenge. 

But Jokic doesn't need the spotlight yet. The 6'10", 250-pound Serbian center is perfectly content letting his historic numbers and Denver Nuggets teammates do the talking.

"That kid is gonna get paid a lot if he just keeps the course, because he just brings a different aspect," said Kenneth Faried, barely keeping his jubilant laughter in check after a win over the Chicago Bulls last week. "He can step out and shoot the three. He makes his free throws down the stretch. He plays great defense. Rebounds the ball. He's just coming into his own."

Just a short while ago, Jokic was a relative unknown in the Adriatic League. Even as he continued to build a name for himself, weaknesses emerged. Per's Stevan Petrovic prior to the 2014 selection process:

An average athlete lacking great ...

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