Nikola Jokic is revolutionizing the center position

23 апр 2021
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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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  • He’s essentially a juiced up Marc Gasol without the defense

    MM02MM02Пре 2 сата
  • More of a Tall guy then a Big guy .

    Adan SanchezAdan SanchezПре 12 сати
  • At some point we need a Curry video for this insane season he’s having this year man, keep up the great content

    Nathan MartinekNathan MartinekПре 14 сати
  • #ihatejokic #heistrash #gobacktogleague

    Callum RoyCallum RoyПре 17 сати
  • This is the most complete and accurate analysis of the Joker that I watched. Thank you.

    Amor SoloAmor SoloПре 23 сата
  • 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.

    analogue jerryanalogue jerryПре дан
  • Olajuwon is the best ever

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

    Goat JordanGoat JordanПре 2 дана
  • Wilt

    Ken PerlmanKen PerlmanПре 2 дана
  • Love your work! You inspired me to create my own channel. How can I learn to do those graphs?

    Luís NunesLuís NunesПре 2 дана
  • Joker moves in the game like Neo in Matrix

    DoC SumannDoC SumannПре 2 дана
  • Jokic > Lechina

    LoveSalsaLoveSalsaПре 3 дана
  • Arvydas Sabonis...

    T-bone Sticky FingersT-bone Sticky FingersПре 3 дана
  • Curry is still clear

    yoyolol22yoyolol22Пре 3 дана
  • The ghost of dirk “

    Sun Gazer RegSun Gazer RegПре 3 дана
  • I think it's way too early to say that he will be better than Tim Duncan! Y'all remember tim duncan right??!!

    Striper RossStriper RossПре 3 дана
  • The hyperbole

    Darrell ChapmanDarrell ChapmanПре 3 дана
  • 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.

    john hamiltonjohn hamiltonПре 3 дана
  • Shaq and kareem are way better

    little mcmurrylittle mcmurryПре 4 дана
  • 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.

    Jedwing JayJedwing JayПре 4 дана
  • 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.

    Jedwing JayJedwing JayПре 4 дана
  • can you make a video about matisse thybulle defense?

    Andy LeeAndy LeeПре 4 дана
  • 0:48 jokic almost tripped

    Meta BetaMeta BetaПре 4 дана
  • 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

    Brett BeaversBrett BeaversПре 5 дана
  • No

    manditheosmanditheosПре 5 дана
  • Great video. Can we get a video on D Wade?

    Swank MastermindSwank MastermindПре 5 дана
  • The only thing missing here is that he forgot tho mention Jokic' longetivity. The guy started and played all their games. Damn

    No WayNo WayПре 5 дана
  • what abou olajuwon idk how people can forget him

    Slavisa PavlovicSlavisa PavlovicПре 5 дана
  • Wait, the Lakers beat them in the playoffs last year! If you want to talk about talent... 2 time NBA Champ Hakeem the "Dream" Olajuwon...The Dream Shake!!

    Jay HopJay HopПре 5 дана
  • I'm more of a Joel Embiid fan but this guy is great too.

    Lion FighterxLion FighterxПре 5 дана
  • MVP MVP. Brilliantly articulated. One of the very best channels on RSworld. Thank you 🙏

    Mr.Jerry303Mr.Jerry303Пре 5 дана
  • He's able to play some strong defense, but can't risk to get into foul troubles. He's to important in offense.

    Harder WayHarder WayПре 5 дана
  • I went through all your videos. Can you do Derek Rose greatest peak please? That mvp season is underrated

    TomCollierBlog NationTomCollierBlog NationПре 6 дана
  • Please bring Jokic to the Mavericks. Luka needs his Yugo bro. They will help produce a team like we havent seen since the bulls.

    MusselsMusselsПре 6 дана
  • stupid good

    kevin dicksonkevin dicksonПре 6 дана
  • And Westbrook gets attention for silly triple doubles 😂 Jokic is so much more efficient and valuable. My favorite player by far.

    TheOtherViewTheOtherViewПре 6 дана
  • The way he plays, it looks like he just comes to chill on the court.

    SiegeSiegeПре 6 дана
  • He ain't revolutionizing it, as if there's any other center that can pass the way he does, you either got it or you don't, he's basically the Larry Bird of centers and there's never been a center like that, there will never be another Jokic at center.

    MerkinMufflyMerkinMufflyПре 6 дана
    • Its funny because you got advanced stat nerds now who are glorifying the modern NBA like because Jokic exists that there will be other guys like him in the future to resurrect the play styles of past legends. Jokic himself a fucking outlier considering nobody saw him coming from the draft and nobody envisioned that his passing and handles would be transcendent. There will never be another Larry Legend and though Jokic may come close, his talents are just as unique that he is THE first and last Jokic.

      BludAardvarkBludAardvarkПре 6 дана
  • He might possibly be the best offensive big man in NBA history...... but Embiid is the best big man period. Jokic is a bigger size version of James Harden.

    Mr. TerrellMr. TerrellПре 6 дана
  • Imagine CP3 teamed up with Joker

    Gg NotreGg NotreПре 6 дана
  • Wow. Just wow. Such an awesome channel. How the heck are you not working on espn or something like that, your insight of the game is off the charts. Keep up the great work man.

    dario jadario jaПре 7 дана
  • No, KAT is the best offensive center

    IronIronПре 7 дана
  • Fat boy isn’t good sadly

    Official ClipperOfficial ClipperПре 7 дана
  • Kinda like Draymond, but with more length, same point God skills, but as good offensively as Draymond is defensively.

    Raven SicaRaven SicaПре 7 дана
  • Lets just ignore Wilt Chamberlin, Bill Russell, Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson.... what a stupid video.

    Phil McDonaldPhil McDonaldПре 7 дана
  • as a mavericks fan i love jokic cause he is the closest thing to dirk since dirk 🎃

    Young TokyoYoung TokyoПре 7 дана
  • Besides assists he's not better nor more dominant then Embiid PERIOD

  • Eemm does Nowitzki play Tennis ???

    bledar zogajbledar zogajПре 8 дана
    • @Pedro Augusto Costa ahhh mannn , you really dont understant why i commented that , hence "click baits" , let me excplain , how tF does jokic is the best big guy in NBA ever if he didnt win anything man , you have the guts to say oh yeah Nowitzki played tennis !!!! Really ???

      bledar zogajbledar zogajПре 6 дана
    • @bledar zogaj What? You asked if Nowitzki play tennis, and I answer, how the hell I'm desperate for views?

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 7 дана
    • @Pedro Augusto Costa try to be resonable , if you are desperate for views just contact me ive know a guy who knows some guys , fookin hell .

      bledar zogajbledar zogajПре 7 дана
    • Yes, he used to play tennis before starting basketball

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 7 дана
  • I know you just did the greatest peaks series but I think a video looking at what guys like Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace did to see where players like that rank all time in terms of their overall impact could be interesting

    Jacob AngelJacob AngelПре 8 дана
  • Hakeem > jokic

    Carlos HernandezCarlos HernandezПре 8 дана

    Sean SarsfieldSean SarsfieldПре 8 дана
  • They're all in 2nd place after Wilt Chamberlain. Not even close either.

    John SJohn SПре 8 дана
  • Are you f*CK!N crazy?

    David ParedesDavid ParedesПре 8 дана
  • 3:36 BRO COME ON

    Jovic AbengonaJovic AbengonaПре 8 дана
  • *....Arvydas Sabonis....*

    OnlyGoodSHHHOnlyGoodSHHHПре 8 дана
    • Definitely the greatest "What If" big man in history.

      tunanorthtunanorthПре 7 дана
  • Novak Djokovic and Nikola Jokic are briliant mind sportsmen.

    Johnny Doe AMERICAJohnny Doe AMERICAПре 9 дана
  • This shit is beautiful 😩😩😰😰

    Jeremiah MyersJeremiah MyersПре 9 дана
  • You should do a video about Russel Westbrook. The numbers say he is very good, but I would love to see a profound analysis.

    Victor ManGraEsVictor ManGraEsПре 9 дана
  • When I first seen him play i said to my nephew and his mates watch this guy he is gonna special.

    Erling LarsenErling LarsenПре 10 дана
  • He ain’t got shit on Hakeem Olajuwon.

    jbanez78jbanez78Пре 10 дана
  • Wilt: Am I a joke to you?

    TubetakerBHVTubetakerBHVПре 10 дана
  • Supreme off ball talents like Steph Curry and Klay Thompson would be unstoppable if paired with Jokic.

    Frankenviews *Frankenviews *Пре 10 дана
  • This made me grin so many times lol

    Michael CMichael CПре 10 дана
  • I can never remember, was it Kareem or Shaq that had the 78 point/43 rebound game?

    tunanorthtunanorthПре 10 дана
    • Neither of those, a stat line of that caliber could only be reached by Wilt

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 7 дана
  • M I T I C O !!!

    Lidija HampLidija HampПре 10 дана
  • The Joker is a great player. He's like a stretch Larry Bird. I think Wilt Chamberlain would be the best offensive big ever.

    hughgrection1hughgrection1Пре 10 дана
  • Joker is a beast

    DevanshDevanshПре 10 дана
  • 50 points a game. For a season. At the Center position. This renders anything you happen to say invalid

    Classic Rock BeagleClassic Rock BeagleПре 10 дана
    • @tunanorth The fact that Wilt's team was in the middle of the pack on offense rating should consider towards a player own offense, and the pace argument is true, Wilt, Jordan and Kobe were players with +-40% of their teams scoring load, but they average 35 ppg, with a much lower average in playing time, so if they're both carrying a offense as hard as Wilt, and scoring the same percentage of points, but they're averaging 15 points less, it's something with the pace, and both had better offensive ratings than Wilt, his 50 ppg are way more because of his motor and resistance to play 48 minutes than his pure scoring, of course that's the end, he was a monster, 100 is hard to score, and he maintenance a consistent level of scoring, but it's not as impressive, and his play making was kinda poor during that stretch, since he would often opt for scoring rather than pass most of the time(ge average 19 shot attempts per assist, the highest ever) he could pass, you can't lead the league in assists without being a good passer, but he often just, doesn't want to pass, and forces some shots that could make his team offense better, Wilt was a monster, but he is not the best offensive big ever in my opinion, since his immense load could've been lower to help his team offense improve.

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 7 дана
    • @Pedro Augusto Costa Saw it; disregarded it. His main point was that Wilt played a lot of minutes. If you somehow forced Shaq to be on the floor all 48 minutes straight, he would be productive for about the first 15, very slow for the next 15, and literally immobile for the rest. His averages would go DOWN. Also, calling Wilt's opposition slow 6-4 white guys is ridiculous, and apparently forgets about not only Russell, but Nate Thurmond, Willis Reed, Walt Bellamy, Zelmo Beatty, Elvin Hayes, Wayne Embry, Artis Gilmore, Bob Lanier, Wes Unseld, and some super-short guy named Kareem. The only "short guy" on that list is Unseld, who is the exact same height as Ben Wallace.

      tunanorthtunanorthПре 10 дана
    • Thinking basketball had made a video saying why Wilt 50 ppg is overrated, he does a super incredible analysis makes a great video, you should watch:

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 10 дана
  • Who are the front runners for MVP this season?

    paul vickspaul vicksПре 10 дана
  • Young Jockic has a few people in front of him in this line: Wilt, Kareem, Bill Walton, Oligijuan, Ewing, Shaquille. Need I say more?

    William JonesWilliam JonesПре 10 дана
    • He’s already better than Walton and Ewing

      Лексо СаичићЛексо СаичићПре 9 дана
  • It doesn't revolutionize diddly if other Cs don't change their game to play more like he is.

    shaft9000shaft9000Пре 10 дана
  • point is >>centers USually don t pass or training assist. This guy have it naturally. Imagine Dwight Howard or Rudy Gobert passing the ball out of 3pt line to the other side of the baseline. It will go 5 meters left up or right of the target. I think his only weakness of being a great passing assist maker is the passing off his left hand .all the great assistant s had master assist of the ball with both hands lef or right (Magic Johnson, Stockon,J Kid, Nash, Iverson)

    Lo LongLo LongПре 10 дана
  • again forgot the 2 best centers of history : hakeem and arvydas

    DrKub007DrKub007Пре 10 дана
  • Do one about Yao

    00 0000 00Пре 10 дана
  • Common era? Maybe. Ever? Wilt Chamberlain.

    AnishaD23AnishaD23Пре 11 дана
  • Guys on TV like Cowherd, Skip, Stephen A, Barkley, Shaq etc are great entertainers but I really wish Thinking Basketball was all fans main source of NBA conversations. You can learn so much more and gain a much greater appreciation for the game , all eras.

    juju 32juju 32Пре 11 дана
  • Jokic is not even close Wilt.

    y. fungy. fungПре 11 дана
  • What happened to the 50.1 per game of Wilt Chamberlain? The author is not even remotely accurate.

    Dale HarapatDale HarapatПре 11 дана
  • I am from future, Jokic destroyed Knicks in one quarter, outscoring the team by double, Knicks 12- Jokic 24

    Pasha PasovskiPasha PasovskiПре 11 дана
  • _Thanks for the analysis. Some good stuff_ 🏀

    Baller AnalysisBaller AnalysisПре 11 дана
  • Hey thinking basketball. Im a basketball coach and will be starting up coaching internationally as soon as we get the green light from the government to practice in our indoor gym. I’m assembling a team of coaches and basketball heads and am interested in talking with you to see if we can make something work. Hope you have a great day and hope to talk to you soon.

    Vic VVic VПре 11 дана
  • Best pump fake in the game today

    NajicNajicПре 11 дана
  • No, Jokic is not Kareem as a center, not yet anyway. Kareem was a powerhouse scorer, obviously, and he won rings over almost twenty years (he played a bit too long, but we can't say "what if?" had he retired when he was, say, LeBron's current age), and Kareem was the better defensive center, by far (as was Russell, of course). Walton was good for about a year and some change, and he was a VERY great passer, pretty much Jokic's equal, though some will not believe me there, and he did everything else too. But he had a tragically brief peak career. Wilt checks ALL the boxes and then some, and he truly revolutionized the game, as any NBA fan interested in history knows. In our time, though, YES, Jokic is revolutionizing the center position, and it'll take time to see if he has any disciples. Kareem, Wilt, Olajuwon, Walton, and Shaq did not, not really. They were freaks and remain so, and the same may be true of Jokic. Like all great players, he's doing his best with his skills and body, and we get to watch him make those incredible passes and take those audacious shots. Despite today's NBA--no hand-checking, too little defense and too many 3s (which Joker can obviously shoot as well)--the NBA is exciting because of players like Jokic (and others whose names end with the letter "c"!) and Westbrook and Giannis and all the others. For me, at this moment, Jokic is the most fun to watch.

    Childe HaroldChilde HaroldПре 11 дана
  • Fat Jokic - low level MVP candidate Skinny Jokic - No. 1 MVP candidate

    Enthusiastic Zestful VillainyEnthusiastic Zestful VillainyПре 11 дана
  • #JokicMVP

    Đorđe ElezĐorđe ElezПре 11 дана
  • I mean he's revolutionizing the position the way we Serbs play basketball. Maybe little uncommon for Americans since they have their own style of play.

    ReplicaReplicaПре 12 дана
  • Jokic is great, but yall tripping bad.

    alan brivioalan brivioПре 12 дана
  • I've been saying this since he came to the league, that dude is nice with it.

    Andrew DeckerAndrew DeckerПре 12 дана
  • Bill Walton was the best passing big. As far as offensive bigs, that would be Wilt Chamberlin... Stats don't lie.

    supersurf11supersurf11Пре 12 дана
  • Oh please...Learn the game bro..

    son wilson wilПре 12 дана
  • Are you joking? Have you never heard of Wilt Chamberlain?

    Greg BGreg BПре 12 дана
  • You mention two great centres and then you gloss over scoring with David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon. But Jokic should be compared to Bird.

    Ian YoungIan YoungПре 12 дана
  • You made me a Jokic admirer! Thx for this great demonstration.

    Zsolt KútiZsolt KútiПре 12 дана
  • As a Dallas fan I wish KP could be half as good as joker

    John DavisJohn DavisПре 12 дана
    • As a amateur I wish I was 10% as good as Joker

      Pedro Augusto CostaPedro Augusto CostaПре 10 дана
  • Reminds me a bit of bill walton

    lead doglead dogПре 12 дана
  • LOL@this video claiming that Shaq was a better offensive center than Hakeem.

    Mastodon1976Mastodon1976Пре 12 дана
  • Arvydas Sabonis revolutionized it before it was cool.

    DomceShotsDomceShotsПре 13 дана
  • his iq is so underrated, icompare this guy to TD21 just with added passing skills and shooting skills

    WasabeeWasabeeПре 13 дана
  • A little bit of Duncan, a little bit of Byrd, a little bit of all the greats.

    Lo PazLo PazПре 13 дана
  • lol

    eric geric gПре 13 дана