The consensus around the NBA today is that Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic is arguably the best player in the league, as he’s dominated the competition over the last few years and finally led his team to an NBA title last season.
With two NBA MVP awards and a Larry O’Brien Trophy, Jokic is starting to really build a legacy that can be compared to some of the great big men of the past while being able to build on that legacy moving forward with the Nuggets likely being a force to be reckoned with for many years to come.
Although some have pushed back on Jokic being the league’s best player with arguments for Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid, and others, the Nuggets big man is getting the respect he deserves for the most part.
However, that hasn’t stopped three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard from sharing his thoughts on Jokic and bringing up the battle between the two when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Howard seems to allude that Jokic in his prime wouldn’t stand a chance against him in his prime when he was arguably the best defensive player in the league, according to Complex Sports via Legion Hoops.
“I’m happy for Nikola Jokic. But in 2020, I was stopping this man, and I wasn’t even in my prime. Imagine me in my prime. There would be no question.”
— Legion Hoops (@LegionHoops) September 7, 2023
There’s no question that Howard gave Jokic trouble during the NBA playoffs a few years ago when LeBron James and company went on to win the franchise’s 17th NBA title, as Howard’s physicality gave him problems during their playoff series.
Although Howard does have a point to a certain extent, it’s safe to say Jokic is the better all-around player who is only getting better and will likely finish his career with a better resume.NEXT: Novak Djokovic Has Big Praise For Nikola Jokic