Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic: He’s playing at a higher level than during his MVP season

Harrison Wind: Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic: “Coming off an MVP season, I think he’s even playing at a higher level, which is really incredible when you think about it.”
Source: Twitter @HarrisonWind

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Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Chris Finch on why Aaron Gordon has fit so well next to Nikola Jokic:
(I liked the line on how Gordon gives them defensive “bite”.) pic.twitter.com/Jimgl4naSF7:47 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone on Nikola Jokic: “Coming off an MVP season, I think he’s even playing at a higher level, which is really incredible when you think about it.” – 7:25 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic has the 4th highest +/- in the NBA: +210
He’s ranks 101st in total minutes: 722 pic.twitter.com/3tU7CjjAP65:17 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Couple quick, simple thoughts on @TheAthletic former players survey on best player in the NBA.
1. Jokic had the same number of votes as Embiid he just didn’t make the cutoff for the graphic. Just FYI for those who didn’t read the article. – 12:09 PM

Krishna Narsu @knarsu3
Jokic is quite easily the most underrated player in the league right now. – 11:41 AM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New pod with Ben Taylor on Steph’s record and Golden State’s hybrid D, plus Jokic’s MVP follow-up, Cade, Celtics changes, Utah’s offense, dinner stories, and more. We recorded before Suns-Blazers and late night protocol news. Thanks @ElGee35 for joining. open.spotify.com/episode/1Sipne…10:46 AM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor standings, determined by Rolling Player Ratings and team success:
1. Stephen Curry: 14.784
2. Nikola Jokic: 14.781
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 14.51
4. Kevin Durant: 14.38
5. Trae Young: 13.4
6. DeMar DeRozan: 12.15
7. Jarrett Allen: 12.13
8. Jimmy Butler: 11.96 pic.twitter.com/kXMEfVhthy10:25 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
When Nikola Jokic breaks all relevant Nuggets record he’ll need to be wearing the Mile High City jersey. pic.twitter.com/bcMGxloaw97:48 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Nikola Jokic is posting numbers that have never been seen in NBA history.
26.5 PPG
13.8 RPG
7.3 APG
No player has averaged even 25/13/6 in a season. pic.twitter.com/KPISL2eEGH5:28 PM

Dane Moore @DaneMooreNBA
Have watched a few Nuggets game this week in advance of Wolves-Nuggets tomorrow — and it’s just wild to me how different KAT and Jokic have become as players, in terms of style.
Both highly skilled bigs, but use that skill in such different ways, with such different demeanors. – 2:00 PM

Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Just made a little chart of NBA leaders in offensive EPM and their usage rates. [JOKIC!!] Going to explore a little for a TrueHoop column. All data from https://t.co/cdJkljSY3r pic.twitter.com/CWsa9rv5xT1:26 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor standings, determined by Rolling Player Ratings and team success:
1. Nikola Jokic: 14.78
2. Stephen Curry: 14.68
3. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 14.51
4. Kevin Durant: 14.1
5. Trae Young: 13.42
6. DeMar DeRozan: 12.16
7. Jarrett Allen: 12.16
8. Jimmy Butler: 11.94 pic.twitter.com/rNvCPQYNSq11:35 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
No player in NBA history has averaged at least 26 pts, 13 rebs, and 7 asts in a season.
Jokic’s current averages: 26.5 pts, 13.8 rebs, 7.3 asts per game. pic.twitter.com/LF1t7cyhcX10:05 AM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
NBA’s best from December 13:
– J. Tatum: 42 pts, 5 reb, +21
– T. Young: 41 pts, 4 reb, 9 ast
– E. Gordon: 32 pts, 3 ast, 10-16 fg
– D. Sabonis: 30 pts, 11 reb, 2 stl
– N. Jokic: 28 pts, 18 reb, 9 ast
– K. Porzingis: 24 pts, 13 reb, 5 blk
– M. Morris Sr: 24 pts, 11 reb, +24 – 9:48 AM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
Nikola Jokic last night:
✅ 28 PTS
✅ 19 REB
✅ 9 AST
✅ 3 STL
Jokic has recorded at least 15p/10r/5a in each of his last 10 games.
The only other player since the ABA-NBA merger to record at least 10 such games in a row is Russell Westbrook (13). pic.twitter.com/LK0LOjOn8B9:01 AM

Eurohoops @Eurohoopsnet
Nikola Jokic, Kristaps Porzingis dominant in victories
#NBA recap ⬇
eurohoops.net/en/nba-news/12…4:50 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Here’s the lead up and four-straight no-calls that resulted in Nikola Jokic’s ejection tonight:
– Illegal screen by Beal in the backcourt
– Left elbow to the face from Bertans
– Kneed in the groin by Dinwiddie
– Gets tangled up with Dinwiddie while setting a screen pic.twitter.com/6xlstNTamu2:36 AM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
I honestly can’t believe how good Nikola Jokic is. Complete control of every aspect of the game. Flat-footed dominance. – 2:08 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic’s final line tonight: 28 points, 19 rebounds, 9 assists. It’s his first Sombor Double of the season and the 26th of his career, per Nuggets PR. – 1:51 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Asked Monte Morris about the player Nikola Jokic is this season compared to last year’s MVP run: “He scores so easy now. You can double-team him. You can do whatever. Him reading the game, it’s at an all-time high….Now it’s like he makes the right play damn near every time.” pic.twitter.com/nU29OFU7bj1:01 AM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic didn’t have much to say on his ejection but notes that NBA officials are the best in the world and are doing their job at a high level: “To be honest, I don’t think I deserved it, especially an ejection. I just said, “Call a foul.’ Because I thought it was a foul.” – 12:56 AM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Jokic Brothers > Tony Brothers – 11:55 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Back in the Winner’s Lounge. Come join.
✅ Jokic’s most casual dominance
✨ Magic Facu
🤡 Tony Brothers is a dork
youtube.com/watch?v=uFCJof…11:36 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic when he sees Tony Brothers is officiating a Nuggets game pic.twitter.com/uZWspRB4Ee11:30 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Final: Denver 113, Wizards 107. The Wiz climbed out of a 33-point hole but three quarters of that were uuuuuugly.
Bertans: 21p
Beal 19p, 10a
Jokic: 28-19-9 – 11:27 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Final: Denver 113, Washington 107
Beal: 19 pts., 3 rebs., 10 assts.
Bertans: 21 pts., 5 rebs.
Holiday: 18 pts., 6 rebs., 1 asst.
Jokic: 28 pts., 19 rebs., 9 assts. – 11:26 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jokic with a Jokic-esque game:
28 PTS
19 REB
9-14 FG
Ejection pic.twitter.com/4NEa0nhVbj11:12 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
With Denver’s Nikola Jokic out due to his double technical with 6:09 to play, Washington has closed its deficit to 105-95 with 3:25 to go in the fourth quarter. – 11:12 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
I’ll say it since it’ll likely get buried tonight behind a beach Lego lion or Kim K bar exam story
Nikola Jokic finished with:
28 points
19 rebounds
9 assists
2 steals
1 block
The defending MVP’s biggest arch nemesis is Tony Brothers. – 11:10 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Drew Gooden on the NBCSW broadcast was just talking about the Wizards getting pushed around at center. Reminder, the Wizards are one of only 6 teams w/o a player taller than 6-10. That makes it tough when playing bigs like Jokic tonight & Gobert on Sat. https://t.co/ds3NQKvnpy pic.twitter.com/BfFWVjaygw11:09 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Nikola Jokic has been ejected from this game for a double technical with 6:09 to go in the fourth quarter. He missed out on his 63rd career triple-double by one assist. He’ll finish with 28 points, 19 rebounds and nine assists. – 11:07 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Jokic is tossed in a Tony Brothers game? pic.twitter.com/V3MwoUG4Xg11:06 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Bad officiating night in Denver. Jokic took issue with it and is gone. Nuggets up 18 with 6:09 left. – 11:06 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Nikola Jokic earns a double tech after a little run-in with Dinwiddie and is ejected with 6:09 to go.
He had 28-19-9 in 31 minutes. – 11:06 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic just got tossed. Unbelievable. – 11:04 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic might end up with a 30-20-10 game and he hasnt gotten out of second gear. Incredible. – 11:02 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
Look at the Nuggets roster – Take Nikola Jokic off and put any other player in NBA in his place. Who gets you the most wins and how many? – 11:00 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic is going to have to check back into this game, isn’t he? – 10:58 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Jokic really feels unstoppable this season. He’s reading the code of the Matrix, just casually defeating everything opponents are trying. pic.twitter.com/1DqQdYJXPS10:57 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
Jokic is three away from tying a career-high in rebounds. He’s already tied his season high with 19. – 10:52 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Nikola Jokic against the Wizards so far tonight: 28 points, 19 rebounds, 9 assists, 2 steals in 28 MINUTES. pic.twitter.com/6z6jcv5sLg10:50 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Sometimes I think Nikola Jokic is what would happen if you took a 1950’s player’s athleticism but combined it with all the modern skills. – 10:49 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Jokic with 28-19-9-2-1 and it was the most effortless 3 quarters he’s ever played. – 10:46 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
End of the 3rd Quarter: Denver 91, Washington 70
Beal: 18 pts., 3 rebs., 7 assts.
Jokic: 28 pts., 19 rebs., 9 assts.
FTAs: Denver 22/26, Washington 6/9
FG%: Denver 50%, Washington 41% – 10:45 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
This has turned into one of the most dominant games of Nikola Jokic’s career: 24 points (8-12 shooting), 17 rebounds, 7 assists in just 23 minutes. He’s a +31. – 10:34 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Unsure if there’s a player in the league that takes advantage of a mismatch the way that Nikola Jokic does.
Embarrasses defenders who have no business defending him. – 10:32 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
This is insultingly easy for Jokic. – 10:32 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic comes out of halftime trying to ensure he gets tonight’s 4th quarter off. Jokic has 19 pts, 15 rebs, 7 asts in 20 minutes with the Nuggets up 30 early in the 3rd. That last stint just crushed the Wizards’ spirit. – 10:26 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
That last no-look pass from Jokic was so no-look that I really don’t think he ever looked to the corner. – 10:21 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
The Wizards trail 59-41 at halftime in Denver.
Bertans is the only scorer in double figures, 10p on 4-8fg
Jokic has 14p 13r, Nuggets have 6 big three’s and they’re 15-18 from the foul line to the Wiz’s 4-4. Wiz shooting 36.2%. Not what u want – 10:06 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
It is halftime and the Nuggets are having fun.
Denver leads 59-41 over Washington.
Nikola Jokic has 13 rebounds, Facu Campazzo has had four jaw-dropping passes and Aaron Gordon is flourishing offensively.
If you’re Michael Malone, what’s your message to the team? – 10:06 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Man. The Wizards go into halftime down 18 points to the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic already has 14 pts and 13 reb. Wiz are shooting 36.2%. – 10:05 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Halftime: Denver 59, Washington 41
Beal: 6 pts., 2 rebs., 3 assts.
Jokic: 14 pts., 13 rebs., 4 assts.
FTAs: Denver 15/18, Washington 4/4
FG%: Denver 46%, Washington 36% – 10:05 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Jokic was shaking and flexing his left wrist after drawing that foul. – 9:55 PM

Ava Wallace @avarwallace
After one: Nuggets 29, Wizards 22
Bertans: 7p
Beal: 6p
Aaron Gordon has 10 for the Nuggets, who also have a 15-8 rebounding edge (9 of those are Jokic’s). – 9:40 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
At the end of the first quarter, Nikola Jokic has 9 rebounds and the Wizards as a team have 8. – 9:38 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
First quarter rebounds
Nikola Jokic: 9
Washington Wizards: 8 – 9:37 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
End of the 1st Quarter: Denver 29, Washington 29
Beal: 6 pts., 1 asst.
Bertans: 7 pts.
Jokic: 6 pts, 9 rebs., 3 assts.
Gordon: 10 pts., 1 reb., 1 asst.
FG%: Denver 47%, Washington 42% – 9:37 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic’s first quarter tonight: 6 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists.
We could be in for one of those nights. – 9:36 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Facu ⏩ Joker pic.twitter.com/CPllupvFa39:30 PM

Neil Dalal @NeilDalal96
Deni Avdija already has 2 steals in the first 6 minutes and a good help contest on Nikola Jokic at the rim.
He’s missed all 3 of his 3-pointers, but Wes Unseld Jr. has encouraged him to play without hesitation. – 9:23 PM

Chase Hughes @ChaseHughesNBCS
Two fouls in 4:50 for Daniel Gafford which is not ideal on a night the Wizards are facing Nikola Jokic. – 9:19 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I have missed watching Jokic play live. Few things like it. – 9:14 PM

Quinton Mayo @RealQuintonMayo
So are the Wizards going to double Joker in the post or not? – 9:13 PM

Vinny Benedetto @VBenedetto
The Nuggets get a stop on the first possession of the game. Denver opens the scoring, as a cutting Aaron Gordon gets an easy dunk off a Nikola Jokic assist. – 9:13 PM

Josh Robbins @JoshuaBRobbins
Wes Unseld Jr. said before the game that the Wizards intended to show Nikola Jokic different defensive looks. On Denver’s opening possession, Deni Avdija doubled Jokic, helping Daniel Gafford. – 9:12 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
As Wes Unseld Jr. returns to Denver with the Wizards, it’s good to remember that the Nuggets asked Nikola Jokic to help him secure a head coaching job. “Why would I want to do that?” Coach Michael Malone said Jokic asked him. “I don’t want Wes to leave.” washingtonpost.com/sports/2021/07…8:48 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Aaron Gordon is active and in the starting lineup tonight alongside Monte Morris, Davon Reed, Jeff Green and Nikola Jokic. – 8:34 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Pregame lounge is live. Come join.
✅ Isaiah Thomas joins the Gold
✅ Wes Unseld back in Denver
✅ Jokic SNUBBED for POTW
youtube.com/watch?v=i7PXND…8:30 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
With Barton and JaMychal Green out in addition to Dozier, Porter, Murray and Rivers — and possibly no Aaron Gordon either — things are going to get weird for the Nuggets.
If Gordon can’t play, Denver will only have Morris and Jokic as regular starters. – 8:08 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Wizards coach Wes Unseld Jr. says he still texts with Nikola Jokic: “Hopefully he has a terrible night tonight.” – 7:34 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
New Wind Chimes:
– My top Nuggets trade target
– Markus Howard’s path to Denver
– Jeff Green’s sneaky athleticism
– Austin Rivers’ return?
– Nikola Jokic Stat of the Week
thednvr.com/wind-chimes-my…6:30 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Jokic averaged 28/13/11/2/1 on 55% shooting last week and didn’t win Player of the Week.
That might sound crazy until you look up the numbers LeBron put up last week.
28/8/8/2/2 on 61/42/87% shooting. pic.twitter.com/dG4inyfszG3:56 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Wind Chimes: My favorite trade target for the Nuggets with Dec. 15 on the horizon
Also: Why Markus Howard badly wanted to end up in Denver during the 2020 draft, Jeff Green’s insane athleticism at 35-years-old, the Nikola Jokic Stat of the Week and more.
thednvr.com/wind-chimes-my…2:11 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Boris Dias might be my 2nd favorite Jokic comp behind Larry Bird.
Jokic is taller and a MUCH better and more versatile scorer so it feels like a weird comp but there are a lot of similarities in how Diaw used his body, read the court, defended, made quick decisions, etc. – 2:10 PM

NBA Math @NBA_Math
RPR MVP Predictor standings, determined by our Rolling Player Ratings and team success:
1. Stephen Curry: 14.67
2. Giannis Antetokounmpo: 14.47
3. Nikola Jokic: 14.36
4. Kevin Durant: 14.2
5. Trae Young: 13.01
6. DeMar DeRozan: 12.23
7. Jimmy Butler: 12.0
8. James Harden: 11.9 pic.twitter.com/FHUjTLf6U710:50 AM

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