Nikola Jokic is revolutionizing the center position

Објављено 23 апр 2021
Nikola Jokic is one of a kind so it's easy to miss how great he is. Jokic is the best offensive passing big man ever, but he might also be the best offensive center in NBA history. How does he do it? This detailed film room analysis looks at the Nuggets superstar center, incorporating data and stats to understand how good he might be.

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  • Please make one on Kyrie Irving

  • Very nice clip different and fresh 🃏 AiR Jokić MvP 🃏

  • Helllooooo we miss you post again pls

  • Deserving MVPs don't get swept in the playoffs!

  • Too bad his defense is non-existent, or maybe he wouldn't have been swept.

  • I take Hakeem over this young man any game, anyday

  • Someone needs a history lesson on Wilt Chamberlain. Maybe you should google NBA records for a clearler view of things.

  • Really?? cause I recon Embiid is better

    • @Travis j Shaq has him doubled in offensive rebounds and increased his production even more in the playoffs

    • @Diego Velazquez Defense plays no part in this discussion since it’s all about offense. And in Shaq’s best season he averaged 30 Jokic just averaged 26 while having a much more versatile scoring skill set. Then factor in how Shaq generates 3 to 4 assists to Jokic’s 8 to 9 and I think it’s a discussion that can be had. Jokic doesn’t have the pure dominance of Shaq but he has a lot of other things that he didn’t have.

    • @Travis j Look at the drastic scoring discrepancy. Look at the drastic defensive impact.

    • @Diego Velazquez why in your opinion

    • @Travis j Shaq>Jokic Embid>Jokic

  • Nikola Jokic NBA MVP 2021 First SERB that win this Trophy 🏆 He's Gamestyle is from other Universe For All Time in the History of the NBA THE JOKER 🏀 PRROUD of EUROPE and SRBIJA 🇷🇸

  • lol he's a poor man chris webber

  • Post MVP this video is looking more prophetic all the time.

  • Would love to see a re evaluation on Booker and an analysis on his future after his play this season.

  • Larry Bird should be a verb alright!

  • rewatching this after he won MVP 😤

  • 1:41 he actually missed a cutter

  • Who's here after he just won the MVP?

  • The reign of the Joker is upon us 🃏

  • Nikola Tesla for basketball

  • MVP

  • if you look at his ball usage time it is not that high but if you look at his touch percentage it is a high percentage this means he passes the ball in a very creative way he is not an off-ballplayer he is more like an around the ball player

  • 2:44 What the hell is Bam doing ? XD

  • You're forgetting Hakeem the Dream.. & Bill Walton could pass like no other back in the day. Don't get me wrong.. I think you're right on the passing ability. The game has changed. He's the best I've seen this generation.

  • where r u @Thinking Basketball? U have to do MVP video :-)

  • god in so proud of him. from a taco bell commercial pick to this, you can really see all the hard work and practices he has put in. glad hes finally getting the recognition he deserves

  • post something bro

  • Bravo

  • one legged floater is called `sombor twist`

  • My comments are turned off. 😂

  • Surely Wilt is also a great offensive center :/

  • Whose here when Jokic won MVP!!

  • Who’s here after the Joker has been named MVP?

  • Damn, I really miss the consistent uploads

  • Do an analysis of TMac

  • Yo , Ben .. top 10 players of 2021.. ? Do you have jokic as a top 3 ?

  • Wilt, Hakeem, Kareem, Shaq. Jokic is great but no, lol

  • Vlade Devac was doing all this and had better handling 30 years ago, how is Jokic revolutionizing anything?

    • That is just simply incorrect, Karick. Vlade was a very good passing big man, but Jokic's assists are nearly DOUBLE Vlade's. Vlade also wasn't anywhere near the shooter/scorer Jokic is. Vlade was a very good role player for much of his career, but Jokic literally carries his team and is the focal point of the offense.

    • devac: 50% 2 pt 69% career free throw shooter 23% career 3pt 11.8 ppg for his career, Jokic: 58%, 85%, 35% they aren't even in the same universe

  • IDEMO JOKARO!!!

  • We can’t forget about Hakeem Olajuwon

    • I don't he's forgotten, it's just that this video is particularly about Jokic's offense. He put up the best offensive season for a center since Kareem's heyday.

  • Cool!

  • Skilled !

  • Beast !

  • Gtfoh!!!

  • We need a 2018 lebron playoff run breakdown, unreal

  • Height, length, vision, pinpoint passes & soft hands. Looks awkward but always on balance with the ball. That off foot floater is crazy. Brings the ⚽ mindset to 🏀

  • also do you think luka will become the goat on offense?

  • Since there's no mvp debate this year, can you PLEASE INVESTIGATE WHETHER OR NOT JEREMY LIN'S DECLINE IN MINUTES (post-linsanity) ACTUALLY CORRELATED/POSTDATED HIS DECLINE IN EFFICIENCY? Big fan of your work, thanks for all the great free content I've seen all your videos including the stat/analytics series. I believe you are the right detective for this case.

  • Could you make a video, on how to score more efficiently for a player or team? Like what is and how to create an efficient shot?

  • Good job MVP. Waiting for you to be officially awarded. Before nick wright's comment will make it a jinx. Because nick wright says, "Nikola Jokic Would Be The Worst MVP In The Last 35 Years". What??? Nick wright is totally wrong. This is the right thing, "Nick Wright is one of the worst and most biased nba analyst in the history of nba." Jokic is the MVP. Give the man the respect he deserves.

  • Jokic reminds me of the old pro playing on two dead acillies showing up at the playground and dominating without breaking a sweat just setting up his team of random bums making them look like all stars.

  • Euro step his way into a no look drop off @4.55 rofl

  • When’s top 10 players of this season coming out

  • We need a 40 minute apology to Mavs fans for what you said about the playoffs, sir

  • The Joker is the best modern big, that's for sure. That said...Wilt, Kareem, Moses or Dream would all humiliate him. You can have FatShaq if u want him. WILT is the most dominant big of all time, wtf. 300 lbs of pure steel.

  • just like Luka, all the pundits and most people in general were quick to cast him off when Nurkic was traded. His on/off stats have been absurd since coming off the bench. a true MVP all-time great. He doesn't even have great talent around him at all times like Lebron has

  • Smh always lookin for the hope.

  • bigest jokic problem for nba is no dunks, not a jerk towards others so yeah...

  • Embiid > Jokic

    • @Charles Holmes Jokic shot better than Embiid from pretty much everywhere on the floor this year, and had way more assists. He can dominate a game offensively without even scoring.

    • @cmsmhp how

    • 🤡

    • Not offensively.

  • Don’t ever disrespect wilt chamberlain Like this again . You still got time to delete this

  • He the MVP. Been saying that for years now

  • jokic is the mvp

  • he could not play any other era, not even playing as a center

    • That's just a ridiculous assertion.

  • Just had to click on this video to say how stupid the premise is. Kareem, Wilt. There's two Jokic will never be more productive than in a million years.

  • Mvp mvp mvp mvp mvp best players ever no one even close

  • Mans forgot about wilts existance

  • 2:45 look at adebayo. He knew the pass was coming but couldnt stop it so he just said f#ck it.

  • Wilt. Period.

  • Jokic game is similar to prime Marc Gasol.

    • Maybe in terms of style...but in effectiveness, his is on a completely different level.

  • It looks like so easy what he do. Nice Player!!!

  • god, i love this channel

  • Jokic just might be the ultimate center for the 3 Ball Era with the court spread. But Bill Walton in his prime was hard to beat as a passer with court vision and smarts. Chamberlain led the league in total assists. Also, Wilton during his early years, and 50 ppg season was unstoppable. When Kareem played for the Bucks, he was so dominant and efficient many said he was 7'4". Jokic is a great, great player, and a joy to watch. But he's not quite as imposing as previous big men. With the 3 ball is so predominant now, it is difficult to gauge big men from previous eras.

  • Hakeem Olujawon

    • @YRN Houston Again, I saw Hakeem plenty of times on TV, both in college and pro. Just saying "I am from Houston" means nothing unless you can take that experience and use it to discuss the the things in Hakeem's toolbox that the average fan might not see. Nobody needs to be from Houston to have solid knowledge and familiarity with Hakeem's Dream Shake. Again, just to be clear...I am and was a Hakeem fan. Anybody who watched him multiple times knows he was a problem on offense. The Dream shake is an iconic offensive move...but that alone doesn't make him a greater overall offensive player than someone with Jokic's wide array of offensive skills. Kareem wasn't among the greatest offensive players solely because of his sky hook...he had other moves and was also a devastating passer. You have to compare other areas...passing, perimeter shooting, free-throw shooting, overall role within the offense. Jokic is not just a post-player or even a Stretch 5...he is a point-center, and in my opinion, an even bigger problem on offense than Hakeem was. He is the fulcrum of the entire offense...not just creating for himself, but creating in unprecedented ways for others. He can dominate games offensively without even scoring a point...an extremely rare quality in a center. I have no idea whether he will get a ring...he'll probably need more help. He came pretty close last year...if not for that last-second Anthony Davis shot in the Lakers series, he might have gotten in the finals and then who knows what would've happened.

    • @itsxtray He's famously known for his offensive signature move.Also I like the videos ,but I watched this man whole career..He was a problem on offense.

    • @YRN Houston Dude has a video about Hakeem on this channel that you can go watch right now... Hakeem was nowhere near Jokic as an offensive player and thats just facts... And Jokic is nowhere near Hakeem as a defender. Just saying "dreamshake" means nothing.

    • @cmsmhp Actually where Im from means alot during the time Hakeem played unless you lived in Houston I doubt you saw him as much as people with local broadcast.

    • @cmsmhp How many rings will he retire with my guess 0

  • Zion who can't sniff the playoffs still thinks this man is overrated.

  • No.

  • Dude is like the Tom Brady of centers. He's never gonna beat you with his size or athleticism, but rather with his brains and decision-making. His willingness to confine to his role and not overdo things opens up a lot of opportunities for his teammates to make plays. He doesn't even need to be a strong defensive presence like Embiid in order for the opposing team to fear him. His game is so simple yet so fun to watch. Really looking forward to seeing more of this guy in the next 10-15 years.

  • He’s essentially a juiced up Marc Gasol without the defense

    • @cmsmhp I meant juiced as in a better version, not literally...

    • Lol, nonsense. And nothing about his body says "juiced."

  • More of a Tall guy then a Big guy .

  • At some point we need a Curry video for this insane season he’s having this year man, keep up the great content

  • #ihatejokic #heistrash #gobacktogleague

  • This is the most complete and accurate analysis of the Joker that I watched. Thank you.

  • The most exciting "what's gonna happen next" moment in basketball: Jokic standing still, holding the ball aloft in one hand. Sabonis did that too.

  • Olajuwon is the best ever

    • Love Hakeem, but he's behind a few guys.

  • Hey man any chance you can make a peak video about Dwyane Wade. These videos are goatish

  • Wilt

  • Love your work! You inspired me to create my own channel. How can I learn to do those graphs?

  • Jokic > Lechina

  • Arvydas Sabonis...

  • Curry is still clear

  • The ghost of dirk “

  • I think it's way too early to say that he will be better than Tim Duncan! Y'all remember tim duncan right??!!

  • The hyperbole

  • Bill Walton was just as good a passer or better. Remember, in the old days the lane was crowded and defensive players could hand-check the offensive players. You had to "thread the needle" back then, but today players could drive a truck through that wide open lane. It's difficult to compare eras. In the NFL, Joe Namath played against much tougher defensive situations than today's players.

    • @ARIZJOE You make good points. I should have clarified that statement. Namath was body slammed WWF-style every game, and his receivers weren't protected, as they were mauled at the scrimmage line. The NFL, like most other sports, "sold out" years ago for more offense and higher scores to please the fans. The game scores in Namath's day were much lower, and 300-yard passing games were a rarity. Namath didn't have many touchdown passes because in those days you ran the ball into the end zone. I can't prove it, but I think Starr, Unitas, and Namath would be the three best quarterbacks if they played in the modern league. It's fun to debate who's the best though.

    • I agree with what you said until Joe Namath. Broadway Joe did not have to contend with zone blitzing and all kinds of mixed up, tricky coverage schemes. Also, the defenders are much more athletic now. And I think Joe Namath threw the best deep ball ever.

  • Shaq and kareem are way better

  • Two years from now he'll be on the Lakers with AD and LeBron and some defensive-minded shooters and then the Laker-LeBron haters will have something to live for.

  • To say he's better than Jabbar is ludicrous and shows that people look at shows like this and a bunch of highlights and think this reveals the truth. Puleese! If Jabbar was playing by today's rules in today's game he would dominate even more. Jabbar was an awesome passer and the sky hook was unstoppable. I love Jokic, but we need to get a grip. Also, let's see what his 20 year career reveals and then compare him to Jabbar.

  • can you make a video about matisse thybulle defense?

  • 0:48 jokic almost tripped

  • Jokic is a talent no doubt. And certainly blowing away the way the Center position was played way back when. However you opening the best offensive Centers ever Jabbar and Shaq of course, but no mention of Wilt? When he was playing to score nobody scored like him. What is new is old etc. Jokic little hook in close reminds me some of the original NBA Superstar big Man George Mikan who scored a bit himself. The passing is like no Center I have ever seen sorry Mr Walton

  • No

  • Great video. Can we get a video on D Wade?

  • The only thing missing here is that he forgot tho mention Jokic' longetivity. The guy started and played all their games. Damn