Nikola Jokic, Serbia’s best professional basketball player

ANikola Jokic’s achievements

Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic playing basketball. [Credit/nickiswift.com]

Nikola Jokic is a Serbian professional basketball player. He was born on 19th February 1995 in Sombor, Serbia.

His only disclosed parent is Branislav Jokic. He also two siblings as per reports. They are Stralinja Jokic and Nemanja Jokic.

The special talent plays for the Denver Nuggets for National Basketball Association (NBA). Nikola Jokic is most unique in the court for his ability to apply footwork and soft touch.

He reportedly can back up in the paint and manoeuvre his body to score around the rim with his soft touch.

Nikola Jokic is a centre, three-time NBA All-Star. He was also been named to the All-NBA Team two times. This includes being in the first-team selection.

The basketball icon also represents the Serbian national team. Nikola has the nickname ‘the Joker’ which was initiated by the Nuggets in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft.

Career continuation

Jokic was voted to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in the year 2006. He received his first All-Star and All-Star and All-NBA First Team selections. This was during the 2018-2019 NBA season, while he was leading the Nuggets to the Conference Semifinals.

Nikola Jokic, being the leading European player, is among the top 10 on the all-time list of NBA players. He holds the most triple-doubles.

Nikola also holds the record for the fastest triple-double. He achieved it in 14 minutes and 33 seconds.

In addition, he also won an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games. Jokic was selected by the Denver Nuggets on June 26, 2014. The selection was with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

Hence, Nikola Jokic in the 2015 summer joined Denver Nuggets. That was one season after being drafted. He, therefore, signed a contract with the Nuggets, on July 28, 2015.

At the end of the season, Nikola finished third in the 2016 NBA Rookie of the Year Award voting. He earned NBA All-Rookie First Team honours.

Nikola Jokic’s career progress

Nikola played all through the 2016-2017 season and he had a fair share of wins. All through to the 2017-2018 season, Jokic made impressive scores. On November 7, 2017, he scored a career-high 41 points in a 112–104 win over the Brooklyn Nets.

Moreover, Nikola Jokic became the 17th Nugget in franchise history to earn Player of the Week honours and the first since Ty Lawson in March 2013.

In the same season, Jokic got to play against various teams. The teams include Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs.

During the 2018-2019 season; on July 9, 2018, Jokic signed a five-year, $148 million maximum contract extension with the Nuggets.  On October 20, 2018, in the Nuggets’ second game of the season, Jokic recorded 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. That was a 119–91 win over the Phoenix Suns.

Nikola Jokic started the 2020-2021 season with 4 triple-doubles in his first 6 games. He recorded a career-high 18 assists, on December 29, 2020, against Houston Rockets.

“On January 31, 2021, Jokic recorded a then career-high-tying 47 points and propelled the Nuggets to a 128–117 win over the Utah Jazz, snapping their 11 game win streak in the process. In addition, for his play in January, Jokic was awarded back to back Western Conference Player of the Week awards, as well as being named the Western Conference Player of The Month, becoming the first Nuggets player to do so since Carmelo Anthony.”

Nikola Jokic’s net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Nikola Jokic has a whopping net worth of $30 million. This is undoubtedly a mouthwatering worth, which most players desire to score.

Nikola Jokic’s salary

According to reports, Nikola has a salary of $28.54 million in the year 2021.

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Nikola Jokic endorsements

Nikola Jokic

Nikola Jokic. [Credit/cbc.ca]

Nikola is endorsed by several brands and gets an earning out of the deals.

“Currently, Jokic’s earnings through endorsements $ 750,000. This figure might rise significantly considering he is just 24-years old and his best years are yet to come. He has a shoe deal with Nike. Western Union is also among his endorsement deals.”

Nikola Jokic foundation and charity work

“Jokic’s charity work includes celebrity appearances at the LuBird’s Light Foundation in Colorado and Basketball without Borders in Serbia.

Nikola Jokic’s family

Reports indicate that Nikola is married to his longtime friend named Natalija Macesic.

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