Nikola Jokić is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He also represents the Serbian national basketball team internationally. Standing at 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m), he plays in the center position.
Nicknamed “Joker”, Jokić was selected with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Nuggets in the 2014 NBA draft. He was selected to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2016. In the 2018–19 NBA season, while leading the Nuggets to the Conference Semifinals, he received his first All-Star and All-NBA First Team selections. Jokić ranks among the top 10 on the all-time list of the NBA players with the most triple-doubles, becomes the leading European player, while he holds the fastest triple-double record (for 14 minutes and 33 seconds). He also won an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Rio Games.
Professional career Mega Basket (since 2012–2015)
Jokić played youth basketball in Vojvodina Srbijagas, where he became a dominant figure and received interest from bigger teams. In the summer of 2012, Jokić signed a contract with Mega Vizura, although in the first season with the team he played mostly for their junior team in 2012–13. At the age of 17, he appeared in 5 games of the Serbian League and averaged 1.8 points and 2 rebounds in 10.2 minutes per game. In the 2013–14 season, he saw more minutes on the court for the senior team. Over 25 Adriatic League games, he averaged 11.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. He also played 13 games with the team in the Serbian League and had similar production, averaging 10.9 points, 6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.
National team career
Jokić was a member of the Serbian U-19 national basketball team that won the silver medal at the 2013 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. Over eight tournament games, he averaged 7.1 points, 5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Moreover, he represented Serbia at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. And there he averaged 17.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game while earning tournament MVP honors.
At the 2016 Summer Olympics, Serbia won the silver medal, after losing to the United States in the final game 96–66. Similarly, on May 24, 2019, Jokić announced he would play for Serbia at the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup. At the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup, the national team of Serbia was dubbed as favorite to win the trophy. But was eventually upset in the quarterfinals by Argentina. With wins over the United States and Czech Republic, it finished in fifth place. Jokić was the second-best player on the team behind Bogdanović, averaging 11.5 points. Similarly, 7.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists over 8 games, while shooting 68.0% from the field.
Jokić has two older brothers, Nemanja and Strahinja. The younger of the two, Nemanja, played college basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy. Both of them are friends with former NBA player Darko Miličić.
- Full Name: Nikola Jokić
- Date of Birth: February 19, 1995
- Age: 25 years
- Birth Place: Sombor, Serbia
- Height: 2.13 m
- Weight: 113 kg
- Salary: 25.47 million USD (since 2018)
- NBA draft: 2014 (Round: 2 / Pick: 41)
- Current teams: Denver Nuggets (#15 / Power forward, Center), Serbia national basketball team (#15)
- Nationality: Serbian
- Position: Center
- League: NBA
- Net Worth: $30 million
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