The Nuggets may get another player next season who resembles Nikola Jokic – so similar you only need to swap one letter.
Nikola Jovic is Serbian, as is the back-to-back MVP, and also works as a playmaker and scoring option for the squads he has played in. He even played in the same Serbian pro team as Jokic, the Adriatic League’s Mega Basket.
19-year-old Serbian product Jovic (born in Leicester, England) is expected to be selected around the mid-to-late first round of the 2022 NBA Draft. The Nuggets have the number 21 pick. And Denver brought Jovic in for some training on the pre-draft process. Could they double dip?
Jovic is an anomaly for his height, a six-foot striker who can stretch the floor – he shot 35.6 percent from outside the arc last season.
With a small forward build, the Serb can also pass incredibly well and has good track vision. Also, given his size, he is a good ball handler and can act as a primary playmaker for whatever team he lands.
Jovic, like many young players, is sensitive to turnovers – he averaged 2.7 last season. The Mega Basket star is also quite skinny – he weighs 210 pounds – but with his frame and age, he can easily fill it if he joins the competition.
Every team that Jovic designs gets a promising player with an advantage.
And maybe next season he will be Nikola’s second star at Denver.