With amazing postseason stats of 29.9 points, 13.3 rebounds, and 10.3 assists per game, Nikola Jokic has been a powerful force for the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets’ first-ever berth in the NBA Finals has been made possible by his outstanding performance.
A title, in Chris Broussard’s opinion, would put Nikola Jokic above the great Dirk Nowitzki. In terms of career accomplishments, Broussard forecasts that he will overtake two-time NBA champion Kevin Durant. The Centre’s outstanding playoff performance has positioned him as a possible all-time great in the making with just four victories standing between the Nuggets and success.
Nikola Jokic BITW according to Chris Broussard, insisting Nuggets will win the series
The best player in the world, in Chris Broussard’s opinion, is Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets. In his NBA Finals debut, he once again displayed his talent by producing another triple-double and leading the Denver Nuggets to a 1-0 series lead against the Miami Heat.
"If [Nikola Jokic] wins this championship he's better than Dirk [Nowitzki]… When Jokic's career is all said and done, he'll be ahead of Kevin Durant."
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPoints) June 1, 2023
During a discussion on ‘First Things First’, Broussard expressed his belief that if Jokic leads the Nuggets to the NBA championship, he will be unquestionably recognized as the best player in the world. Broussard stated, “Nikola Jokić is the best player in the world. After this series, when they win, it’ll be damn near undisputable.” He further explained his change in perspective by acknowledging Jokic’s superior performance compared to Joel Embiid, particularly in the playoffs.
Broussard also highlighted Nikola Jokic’s dominance in the game despite only taking five shots in the first three quarters. In the fourth quarter, he stepped up and scored 12 crucial points to secure the Nuggets’ 104-93 victory. Broussard commented, “There’s nothing you can do against him… He has five shots through three quarters. And then in the fourth quarter when Miami makes a run, he scores 12.”
The Nuggets Centre impressive stat line of 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 14 assists in his NBA Finals debut was astounding. His 14 assists, in particular, broke the previous record for the most assists by a player in their NBA Finals debut. With an 8–12 field goal percentage and a 10–12 free-throw shooting percentage, Nikola Jokic demonstrated his variety and effectiveness.
Jokic’s dominating game 1 performance
Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets put an end to any scepticism with a strong performance in their maiden NBA Finals appearance. They demonstrated that the grand stage of the finals is not too intimidating for them despite having a week and a half off.
In Game 1, the Denver Nuggets easily trounced the Miami Heat 104-93 thanks to a triple-double from the point centre and 26 points from Jamal Murray. Nikola Jokic, who scored 27 points, handed out 14 assists, and grabbed 10 rebounds, showed total dominance. After waiting 47 years to make it to the finals, it was a special night for the Nuggets.
As he considered his performance, the Nuggets Centre emphasised the value of the game’s outcome and his desire to make a contribution in whatever manner he could. With this triple-double, he recorded his ninth postseason triple-double, including six in his previous seven contests.