Nikola Jokic Behind LeBron James in Leading Team in Points, Rebounds, & Assists

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic is second only to LeBron James in the number of NBA games leading his team in points, rebounds, and assists, with 159 such games in his nine-year career.
‣ Jokic is projected to win MVP this season based on available analytics, and he leads the NBA this season in triple-doubles, win shares, box plus/minus, and other metrics.
‣ In his ninth NBA season, Jokic is averaging 26.2 points, 12 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 33.6 minutes per game, with a shooting percentage of 59% from the field.

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Nikola Jokic, the Denver Nuggets’ star, is hot on the heels of LeBron James. He’s second only to James in leading his team in points, rebounds, and assists in NBA games. Jokic, a two-time MVP, has chalked up 159 such games in his nine-year career.

LeBron James, with a career spanning 21 seasons, has notched up 231 such games. In a recent game against the Indiana Pacers, which Denver won 114-109, Jokic scored his 13th triple-double of the season. He amassed 31 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists.

According to various NBA betting sites, Jokic is a strong contender for this season’s MVP, with odds second only to Joel Embiid. Sportsbooks are also showing favorable odds for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Luka Doncic.

Jokic’s performance in the recent game was impressive. He led his team in points, rebounds, and assists, marking his 159th game to do so. This puts him in second place on the NBA’s all-time list, behind LeBron James’ 231.

During the fourth quarter of Denver’s 113-104 victory against the Washington Wizards, Jokic received MVP chants from fans. Coach Malone found this unique, saying it doesn’t happen often and is a recognition of Jokic’s greatness.

Jokic, a two-time MVP and a second-round draft pick, brought the franchise its first world championship in history. He was also the Finals MVP. This season, Jokic leads the NBA in triple-doubles, win shares, box plus/minus, and more.

Analytics suggest that Jokic is projected to win MVP this season. The odds aren’t looking good for Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers center. He can only miss seven more of the remaining 40 games to be eligible for the award.

The new collective bargaining agreement requires players to appear in at least 65 regular-season games to be eligible for MVP and the All-NBA teams. Embiid has missed 10 games so far, while Jokic has missed just one.

In his ninth NBA season, Jokic is averaging 26.2 points, 12 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 33.6 minutes per game. He’s shooting 59% from the field, 36.2% from deep, and 82.5% at the foul line.

In his last 16 games, Jokic has averaged 25.7 points, with a shooting percentage of 70.7% from the floor, 54.2% from the 3-point range, and 90.2% at the line. His true shooting percentage is 77.5%, the highest in NBA history over a 16-game span for a player averaging 20 or more points per game.

In addition to leading the league in triple-doubles this season, Jokic is ahead in win shares (9.7), box plus/minus (14.4), offensive box plus/minus (9.9), and value over replacement player (6.2).

James Shotwell
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