Coming off his first NBA championship and NBA Finals MVP award last season, Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic is on top of his game.
He won the regular-season MVP award for the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons, and at age 28, much of the rest of his best basketball seems to be ahead of him.
Lately, Jokic has taken to racing horses in his home country of Serbia, and it led to an interesting exchange between him and Jamal Murray during a recent practice, via Hoop Central on Twitter.
This exchange between Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. 😂😂
Murray: "Who's that?"
Jokic: "I'm scouting horses."
Murray: "You're scouting? How many do you have?"
Jokic: "Right now, like, 7, 8…Uh, 10, 12."
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 17, 2023
Serbia’s Olympic Committee President recently confirmed that Jokic will play for his home country in the 2024 Olympics, which could make it more challenging for the United States to win another gold medal.
He is not only considered the best player in basketball right now, but he is truly a unique player that the game has never seen before.
At 6-foot-11 and 284 pounds, he is an immovable object in the low post and in the paint, and he is a monstrous rebounder who pulled down 11.8 boards a game last season and 13.8 a game the year prior.
But Jokic’s special skill is his passing — he makes Denver’s set offense go, especially off dribble handoffs and pick-and-roll sequences, and he can even grab defensive rebounds and run the fast break like a much smaller player.
During the 2022-23 campaign, he dished off 9.8 assists a game, almost making him only the third player in NBA history to average a triple-double for an entire season.
If the Nuggets find a way to develop depth off the bench, they could end up repeating as world champions this summer.NEXT: Serbian Olympic Committee Announces Nikola Jokic's 2024 Status