Nikola Jokic is playing like the NBA MVP right now

With apologies to Bill Walton, Wes Unseld, Kevin Love and others, Jokic established himself as the greatest passing big man in history well before the start of this season.

His game seemed to reach new heights during Denver’s inspired run to the Western Conference Finals last season after coming back from 3-1 series deficits against the Utah Jazz and heavily favored Los Angeles Clippers in the bubble.

More than a quarter of the way through the season, Jokic is second in the NBA in assists at 9.7 per game, edged out by James Harden but in front of Luka Doncic, Trae Young, Chris Paul, and others.

While Denver begins the week in the middle of the Western Conference playoff picture, it still feels like their start has been a little underwhelming.

You can point to the lack of versatile wings on the roster, the absence of Michael Porter Jr. due to Covid-19, or the inability of Jamal Murray to maintain his level of play from the bubble.

When you have arguably the best post scorer in the league who doubles as an unprecedented passer for his position, it stands it reason that dotting the perimeter with knockdown shooters could really boost the offense.

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