Who gave “The Joker” nickname to Nikola Jokic? Exploring Nuggets stars’ moniker

Nikola Jokic, a Serbian by birth, chose basketball as his profession and the decision paid him well in the field of wooden courts, metallic hoops, and orange balls. He is now a professional basketball player, currently playing for the Denver Nuggets as a center.

In a relatively short timeframe of 28 years, this athlete holds a pretty impressive track record in achievement including five times NBA All-Star and two times NBA MVP. So, let’s have a look at some of the personal facts of the star concerning his childhood, nationality, and moniker.

Where is Nikola Jokic from?

The Nuggets star was born in Sombor, Serbia. And he is also the leading face of the Serbian national team in basketball.

What was his childhood like?

The center’s childhood was much like a dream, growing up with two elder brothers in the beautiful city of Sombor. From his early days, he grew up with a penchant for basketball and used to play with his brothers.

With age, his love for the sport grew so strong that he ended up moving to America in order to pursue his dream.

Why is Nikola Jokic called The Joker?

The 6 ft 11 in player belongs to Serbia and his name seems a bit odd to pronounce to regular English speakers. When he entered Nuggets, his teammates found it difficult to utter his name correctly. So, some of them started calling him Joker which was easier to utter compared to the ‘Yo-Kitch’, the actual pronunciation of his name.

Soon, the Joker moniker became popular among the mass. The analysts, sportspersons, and pretty much everyone started addressing Nikola by his nickname. This is how Joker got attached to him.

Nikola Jokic is known as a threat on the court to his opponents as he is a player with an astonishing level of game IQ that seemingly helps him create solid plays for both himself and his teammates. What is your take on Nikola’s career so far? Share your opinion in the comment section.

Golenur Aktar

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Golenur Aktar is a writer and made her debut in the 'Pen & Paper' industry holding the hands of Sportszion. She ignited her writing craze from Biography articles and now writes about NFL.


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