Johnson praised Nicola Jokic.
The Denver Nuggets finished first in the West with a record of 53-29 this season. The return of Jamal Murray (191cm, G) and Michael Porter Jr. (206cm, F) was a big boost. Other than that, various players did their part.
The player who played the biggest role among them was, of course, Nicola Jokic (211cm, C). Jokic averaged 24.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 9.8 assists this season. Although he unfortunately failed to win the regular season MVP award for three consecutive years, he competed with Joel Embiid (213cm, C) for the regular season MVP until the end.
And Jokic’s performance continued in the playoffs. In the first round, I met the Minnesota Timberwolves, where the ‘twin towers’ were holding out. But Minnesota’s ‘Twin Towers’ couldn’t control Jokic. Jokic showed his versatility by averaging 26.2 points, 12.4 rebounds and 9 assists in the first round. As a result, Denver won 4-1 against Minnesota.크크크벳
Yokichi’s performance continued in the second round. Kevin Durant (206cm, F) and Devin Booker (196cm, G) met the Phoenix Suns. The confrontation between the two teams attracted a lot of attention as it was a confrontation between strong candidates for the championship. But it was Denver who dominated the first two games. During the process, Jokic completely destroyed the Phoenix defense, averaging 31.5 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5 assists.
In response to this performance, NBA legend Magic Johnson tweeted, “Denver is beating Phoenix 2-0. Because Yokichi is showing great performance. He recorded 39 points and 16 rebounds,” he praised Jokic.
Also, “On top of that, Denver’s strong defense was added. As a result, Phoenix is not keeping up with their pace. It is the strength of coach Malone,” he explained why Denver is strong.
Denver, led by Jokic, will play the third game of the second round of the playoffs against Phoenix on the 6th (Korean time). If they win that game, Denver’s chances of advancing to the conference finals will increase. The player who has to play the biggest role is, as always, Yokichi.