The Denver Nuggets took care of business on the road to end the Phoenix Suns’ season with grace.
Nikola Jokic was as dominant as he’s been throughout the course of the playoffs, torching Monty Williams’ team for 32 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists, three steals, and one block on a whopping 72.2% from the floor.
That’s why Kevin Durant had no choice but to tip his hat off to Jokic, going as far as to call him one of the greatest centers in the history of the game.
"I always knew how great he was…I wasn't surprised at all…he'll go down as one of the all-time great centers that ever touched a basketball"
Kevin Durant on Nikola Jokic pic.twitter.com/vmwqNL53Cw
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 12, 2023
Jokic has done more than enough to be considered a future first-ballot Hall of Famer already.
Regardless of what happens in the Western Conference Finals or even if he retires without a ring, he should already be amongst the all-time greats of this game.
Jokic isn’t only the greatest passing big man in NBA history but also one of the greatest passers ever.
And he’s made great strides to round-up his offensive game, becoming the ultimate triple-threat player and dominating in ways we had never seen.
The Nuggets finally have a fully healthy core, and they’ve found plenty of success when Jokic and Jamal Murray take over.
The franchise has yet to make an NBA Finals appearance, and even though getting past either the Los Angeles Lakers or Golden State Warriors won’t be an easy task, they weren’t supposed to beat the Suns, either.
This might as well be the year Jokic finally puts his doubters at ease once and for all.NEXT: The Nuggets Are Reportedly Dealing With Health Issues Ahead Of Game 6