Denver Nuggets: 2018-19 player grades for Nikola Jokic

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Weaknesses

During the 2017-18 season, Jokic shot 39.6 percent from 3-point range on 10 more attempts than he took during the 2018-19 season. While he made up for it inside the 3-point line this year, he only made 30.7 percent of his triples this year.

Being able to show off the touch from long range stretches the floor for everyone else, but it hurt the team at times last year when opponents knew that he wasn’t as much of a threat to score from 3-point territory.

When you have a season like the one that Jokic had, this feels like nitpicking a little bit. However, Jokic has to do a better job of taking care of the ball as well. He averaged 3.1 turnovers per game, which was a full turnover worse than the next-worst mark on the team. The worst issue for him was bad passes, as they accounted for a full third of his turnovers last season.

Opposing offenses knew that they could go at Jokic with a good amount of success. It made sense considering shooters shot 59.6 percent against him within six feet, and 47.4 percent of the shots that he defended last season came from that range. Players will continue to shoot those efficient shots until he proves that he can stop them consistently. If his wing defenders can’t stop the dribble penetration, he’ll have to improve to make up for it.