It’s becoming less of a secret that Nikola Jokic is one of the top rising stars in the league. Apparently, though, too many people have been using his numbers to justify him as a great player for Kevin Durant‘s liking.

Evaluations Can Be Tough

It’s hard to decipher if this snarky tweet by Durant is an actual shot at Jokic or a true questioning of the “casual fan’s” knowledge. We’ll go ahead and give him the benefit of the doubt and try to answer his question for him. In the meantime casual fans, if you were curious of Jokic’s averages last year you’ll have to do that research on your own time because telling you would be cheating Durant’s challenge.

First in the evaluation is his passing ability. He doesn’t often get those easy stat padding assists that come from simply kicking the ball out to a wide-open shooter. While those kind of assists might represent good court vision, they don’t require the ability to make tough passes.

Doing Everything the Hard Way

Instead, Jokic gets his assists in a variety of ways. The most flashy of these ways are on fast breaks. The 6’11” center has a unique ability to run the break himself and find his teammates. He also has a great touch with the ball that when he’s not using for shooting, he’s using to throw lobs for dunks.

He possesses the kind of flair that a lot of foreign players have brought to the league of seeking out stylish passes to throw, followed by a poker face as if nothing just happened.

KD may have shot down the use of stats but he didn’t say anything about using GIF’s. With that said, please enjoy this short highlight GIF-tape of the best passing big man in the league.

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No one can deliver five assists worthy of being a SportsCenter Top 10 play every night though. So when “The Joker” isn’t wowing the crowd, he makes a living for his teammates off of hand-off passes. These come in the form of hitting cutters (Kenneth Faried, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and Wilson Chandler) as well as shooters (Harris and Jamal Murray) on the 3-point line.

Another great attribute to go along with being a great passer is apparently being Jesus Christ himself. Jokic isn’t of course, no blasphemy over here. But he was able to score on LeBron James one-on-one in the post which LeBron felt only two people could accomplish against him.

Is This Good Enough Material?

With a resume of the world’s greatest GIF-tape in hand, it’s safe to say he’s pretty good. If that’s not enough, he is one of just three people in not only the NBA, but human history to be able to successfully post up LeBron. It’s safe to say Jokic doesn’t need numbers to prove his greatness. As for Kevin Durant, we hope that this evaluation has met your standards. If not please feel free to address @ArmchairNuggets about it in between your clap backs at twitter trolls.

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When I’m not playing basketball, I’m watching it. If I’m not watching it, then I’m researching it. If I’m not researching it, then I’m writing about it. I’ve tried to think of other things to say about myself here but I think that sums me up pretty well.
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