Denver Nuggets: 2018-19 player grades for Nikola Jokic

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Strengths

Rebounding was a major strength for Jokic this past season. He averaged a team-high 10.1 rebounds per game. His rebounding percentage of 18.7 percent was also a team-best. When he was on the floor, he was getting his team extra possessions on both ends of the floor. Those extra possessions helped the Nuggets lead the NBA in second chance points at 15.5 per game, while also helping them finish in the top 10 in second chance points allowed at just 12.1.

His passing has always been viewed as some of the best among NBA big men, but it can’t be properly stated how good of a passer he was. The guy assisted on 37.0 percent of his teammates’ baskets when he was on the floor. That mark was good enough for 10th among players that played at least 30 games this season, and LeBron James was the only other guy in that group who wasn’t a guard.

His ability to play extended minutes has been questioned every season in his young career. While he only averaged 31.3 minutes per game, he ramped that mark up a ton when the playoffs got started. He led the team with 39.8 per game, which was a full 2.9 more minutes than Gary Harris in the second spot. He showed that he can play more minutes when he needs to, which kept the offense moving more than people were expecting.