Nikola Jokic, C, Denver Nuggets: 12.72

Age: 23

Type of Free Agency: Team Option

2017-18 Per-Game Stats: 18.3 points, 10.6 rebounds, 6.1 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks
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2017-18 Advanced Metrics: 333.21 TPA, 24.4 PER, 10.3 WS, 12.74 RPM Wins

At this point, you shouldn’t doubt that Nikola Jokic is one of the NBA’s elite centers. He’s carried the Denver Nuggets to the brink of the playoffs in the brutal Western Conference, submits gaudy box-score numbers on a nightly basis and plays better-than-advertised defense. original nike nfl jerseys

Cue Ben Falk of Cleaning the Glass: 51e7123a0c3ef1b2501792b812c05cd0_crop_exact
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“Jokic’s critics are right: he does have real deficiencies. Denver’s eFG% defense has been really bad with Jokic in the game, hasn’t gotten much worse when he sits. The Nuggets have also forced many fewer turnovers with their big man playing.

“But it turns out that those issues are outweighed by the things he does really well: prevent shots at the rim and rebound through size and positioning, all without fouling.”

Falk contains plenty of statistical proof that the defensive concerns surrounding Jokic are largely hyperbolic. But everything can be summarized in a simple statement: The big man struggles at the point of attack and protecting against the shots that do occur at the rim, and we’re not used to paying mind to the areas in which he excels because¬†best nfl jerseys from china¬† they happen away from the primary action.
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In an attempt to negate the actual flaws, the Denver Nuggets will continue trying to surround him with the right pieces. His free agency isn’t going to be a dramatic affair. The front office will inevitably turn down his team option to avoid letting him hit unrestricted free agency in 2019, then immediately offer him a max contract before he has a chance to sign an offer sheet with a different franchise.

Boom. The 23-year-old center will be locked up throughout the foreseeable future, ready to continue passing both the eye test and any metric-based evaluations.