NBA Star Nikola Jokic - Top 5 Facts
Find out all the top facts about the Serbian professional basketball player Nikola Jokic.
Nikola Jokic is a Serbian professional basketball player for the Denver Nuggets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Additionally, he is also known for representing the Serbian national basketball team in international tournaments.
Also known in the NBA by his nickname 'Joker,' Nikola - who recently underwent significant weight loss - got selected in the 2014 NBA draft by the Denver Nuggets. Also, in 2016, Nikola got chosen for the NBA All-Rookie First Team. In the 2018-19 season of NBA, he received his first All-Star and All-NBA First Team selections while leading the Nuggets to the Conference Semifinals. But many people want to know more about the professional career and personal life of the 25-year-old player; therefore we compiled some important facts about him in the sections below.
Nikola Jokic Was the 41st Overall Pick in the 2014 NBA Draft
Nikola Jokic got selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA draft with the 41st overall pick by the Denver Nuggets. Three other players Joel Embiid, Andrew Wiggins, and Zach LaVine, who were selected in front of him, are the only ones with the highest career scoring averages than his 16.9 points.
Nikola Jokic was the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft.
Additionally, two players named Embiid and Clint Capela boast better rebounding averages than his 9.7. Furthermore, the only one player, Elfrid Payton, holds a better assist average record than his 5.4 per game.
Nikola Jokic Was Not Interested That Much Interested in Basketball in His Childhood
As mentioned in an article by Olympic Channel, Nikola Jokic did not like basketball that much in his childhood. He used to be dragged to basketball training by his father when he was ten years old. At the time, he was not even interested in the game, and he used to practice just because his father forced him to do so.
Nikola Jokic was not interested in basketball during his childhood.
Source: Bleacher Report
Soon Nikola completely quit basketball at the age of 13. Instead, he focused on pursuing horse racing at the time, which was his passion then. While he was training to become a harness horse rider, he even used to clean barns. But at the age of 15, he returned to basketball and got more serious with it.
Nikola Jokic Holds Some Impressive Records in the NBA
The multimillionaire Nikola Jokic is one of the most talented players in the NBA. He ranks among the top 10 on the all-time list of the NBA players with the most triple-doubles. He is at exactly number 10 for such a record of 39 triple-doubles, just four behind former Nuggets star Fat Lever (43) for ninth place. Also, he is the leading European player to hold such a record. Currently, the all-time leader in triple-doubles is Oscar Robertson at 181.
Jokic GOES OFF For Triple-Double!
Additionally, Nikola holds the record for the fastest triple-double, which he achieved in 14 minutes and 33 seconds.
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Nikola Jokic is an Olympic Silver Medalist
Nikola Jokic represented Serbia at the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade. In the qualifying competition, he averaged 17.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game, ultimately earning him tournament's MVP honors.
Nikola Jokic is an Olympic silver medalist.
Source: Mile High Sports
Later in the main event in the 2016 Summer Olympics, Nikola took his national team to the finals of the competition. But his team lost to the United States in the final game 96–66. Nikola earned a silver medal for his performance in the Olympics. Jokic averaged 9.1 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists in eight games.
Nikola Jokic's Personal Life
Very little information is available on the early and personal life of Nikola Jokic. Nikola is a pretty private person and keeps his personal life mostly out of the limelight.
Nikola has two older brothers, Nemanja and Strahinja.
Source: Sports- In the Headline
With little details, we came to find out that Nikola has two older brothers, Nemanja and Strahinja. With not much to learn about Nikola's brother, we however, do know a fact that Nemanja played college basketball at the University of Detroit Mercy. Both of Nikola's brothers are friends with former NBA player Darko Miličić.
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