Is Nikola Jokic the best passer ever? 

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Nikola Jokic might the best offensive player in the history of the NBA thanks to his GOAT passing. This detailed film breakdown & scouting report analyzes how the Nuggets MVP is pushing new boundaries in 2023, ranking his passes in a single game, and illustrating why he might be the best passer to ever play basketball.
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Albert Singleton
i’ll never understand how people say that jokic is boring, he’s a 6’11 270 guy that that doesn’t miss shots and creates passing and scoring opportunities out of thin air
His passing is so entertaining.
Fernando Redondo
I will never understand how people don’t consider him as a top 3 player or even that he should have won MVP…
Travsice ENTMT
Travsice ENTMT 5 mesi fa
It's all xenophobic ppl
IlI-SAMiAM-IlI 5 mesi fa
It's because he's not fast and jumping out of the gym.
Devin M.
Devin M. 4 mesi fa
The man has a top 10 passes compilation from ONE game. Absolutely ridiculous. Truly a special player.
Ton Bong
Ton Bong 3 mesi fa
Luka is better passer and player than Jokic.
Cameron Powe
Cameron Powe 3 mesi fa
@Ton Bong bout the same
Xavi 2 mesi fa
More absurdly, this compilation looks like someone's career assist highlights.
@Ton Bong where is his mvp then💀and tell me what position the mavericks are..not first like denver for sure
Sloboda ili Smrt
Sloboda ili Smrt 23 giorni fa
You forgot to take your medicin again?!
Marin Kasalo
Marin Kasalo 5 mesi fa
Greg Popovich described him perfectly. He is just so good, it’s not fair everything he can do. And what I love the most is his unselfishness, I mean he could go for a scoring title every single season and average 30-35 ppg easily being the efficient scorer that he is, but he doesn’t care about his numbers and just wants to get his team going and win the game. He truly is one of a kind
Naaman Rivera
Naaman Rivera 4 mesi fa
@Mirror of the Soul Russell is undoubtedly the greatest winner of all time due to his selflessness, and Bird I can see as unselfish, but Jordan is one of the most selfish players of all time. He’s undeniably the GOAT (or in second place in my opinion once LeBron breaks the scoring record), but he is not known for his selflessness and team play. Jokić, Duncan, and Russell are the prime examples to me of a superstar, MVP, and some of the greatest ever who are undoubtedly selfless and simply want their team to win.
Karma Kaycee
Karma Kaycee 4 mesi fa
In as much as he doesn't care about his numbers doesn't mean he could average 30-35 PPG easily. Relax, there's nothing stopping him from doing both. Y'all say anything these days.
Marin Kasalo
Marin Kasalo 4 mesi fa
@Karma Kaycee Lol this season he is averaging 25 points shooting 63% on 15 FG attempted per game. With that efficiency he could increase his FG attempts to 20-25 per game, easily get 10-15 more points and go for a scoring title. But Jokić doesn't care about his numbers and just wants his team to win, thats what makes him so unique. MVP without a doubt
Kenneth Ward
Kenneth Ward 4 mesi fa
Popovich is an unrepentant Racist.
Unbias v s Bias
Unbias v s Bias 4 mesi fa
@Mirror of the Soul EDIT: "Yes, Bill and Bird were truly unselfish. Add to the fact that Bill had an unbelievably stacked team that Wilt could not overcome along with great coaching that would explain why he's the greatest winner" That same roster you're talking about, despite them having multiple HoFs such as Bill Sherman or MvP winner Cousy and HC Red Auebach etc they couldn't win a chip at all until Russell came along. And the same was true when he retired too, as BOTH player and head coach. Hasn't been done since. Bill Russell won at every single level of basketball from HS all the way to pros. Bill is undoubtedly the greatest winner of all time, stacked roster or not. Had to include this (edit) since people (like @RG) may get confused as to what it is that I'm specifically referring to. Nothing more/less smh lol.
andrewf0784 5 mesi fa
His teammates must love playing with him. Willing passers like him make the game fun and foster positive atmosphere and chemistry. He is the reason Denver is doing so well right now.
chanty 4 mesi fa
Denver is hot in the regular season all the time.
_ Forest
_ Forest 4 mesi fa
Look at AG, playing much better than playing in Orlando. Look at Barton, dnp in Washington🤣
412Yinzer 4 mesi fa
Absolutely. They all know that if they keep their head and hands up, Jokic will find them for an easy bucket. What's not to love about that?
Mr. Westin
Mr. Westin 15 giorni fa
@chanty this comment isn’t aging well lol
Aleksa Acimovic
Aleksa Acimovic 15 giorni fa
fr, you rarely see someone slacking on the nuggets offense because even if they look covered they know that if they keep running Jokic will find them
Air Espenilla
Air Espenilla 5 mesi fa
He IS the definition of Most Valuable Player. Everybody gets better and the whole team reaches new levels with him on the floor
Don Winchester
Don Winchester 4 mesi fa
You mean losing in the 2nd round to better talent 😂
RH Signs
RH Signs 4 mesi fa
he has zero significant W's in his career. this team is a paper tiger that will be mauled by someone come playoff time
Ursula 4 mesi fa
@RH SignsMurray and Joker eliminated Kawhi and PG13 from the bubble.
Neznan Poznanovic
I bring the Last words
Yes probably until they sweep out by gsw :)
Kriztover 4 mesi fa
Nikola is something we’ve never seen. I hate that a lot of people are missing how great he is. Legend
Mike d
Mike d 7 giorni fa
There have been other great centers who were amazing passers. Check out Arvidas Sabonis..
Ron Papi
Ron Papi 3 giorni fa
Luka Doncic!
Ron Papi
Ron Papi 2 giorni fa
He was Man amongst boys.Einstein was in awe of him.
Ron Papi
Ron Papi 3 ore fa
See Bill Walton!
Ron Papi
Ron Papi Ora fa
If he had any facial hair or tattoos then he might be recognized .
Jeonghyo Lee
Jeonghyo Lee 5 mesi fa
Aaron Gordon averaged 13 points while shooting 45% before going to the Denver. He is now shooting 61% while scoring 17 points. It’s not because of his development on his games considering he already played 7 seasons in Magic. Nikola Jokic transformed his game to another level just by passing. Thanks to Jokic, Aaron Gordon went from inefficient jump shooter to one of the most dangerous rim attackers in nba right now. Pure greatness.
Comedy Vibes
Comedy Vibes 5 mesi fa
Jesus Loves you and wants you to accept him as your Lord and saviour
エフラグ 5 mesi fa
100% Joker has unleashed AG's potential.
NKruman Santos
NKruman Santos 5 mesi fa
Gordon is the perfect partner for Jokic. He finishes Jokic’s passes and defends where Jokic can’t.
alexspace 5 mesi fa
Credit to AG for buying in to the nuggets style of play and being willing to change too.
Mindful Attraction 2.0
yea but don't downgrade the man's effort he's putting into his game.
Digital Victory
Digital Victory 5 mesi fa
It's not even the passing... It's the VISION before the pass. Dude just doesn't miss anything. If a guy cuts and has a half-inch opening, Jokic sees it. Just amazing.
Ursula 4 mesi fa
Kirk Macon
Kirk Macon 2 mesi fa
Facts lol his vision and high IQ is what stick out to me. His passes are pretty basic tbh
JazzyCoffee 15 giorni fa
@Kirk Macon i would try to disagree but you're actually right he has flashy passes but i'd argue magic has probably flashier ones, it's more that jokic has like telepathic awareness
AyoooWTF 4 giorni fa
Exactly his attentiveness to spacing and his quick reaction is what to me is his best features that let him make the best passes
Kirk Macon
Kirk Macon 2 giorni fa
@AyoooWTF this is what I was trying to explain to a guy who thought I was hating on him 😂 calling his passes basic isn’t a diss at all, he’s not as quick, flashy and creative like a magic or Lebron but his IQ and awareness is literally on par with theirs
TheLeftyGrove 4 mesi fa
He's damn good. He really is a throwback to Magic/Bird to me, both insane passers as well, but in a way that's positionless. Just as Bird and Magic couldn't easily be pigeonholed as players, neither can Jokic. My late dad, who watched a ton of basketball his whole life, asked me early in Jokic's career, "Have you seen this guy Jokic for Denver?" A couple weeks later, Denver is on, so I look for this guy and call my dad and go "You mean this kinda doughy looking big guy? Looks like Greg Ostertag!" Well, I found out quick he didn't play like Greg Ostertag, lol. He's a one-off guy like Bird and Magic, and it looks like he's going to reach their heights, too.
Jack's Facts
Jack's Facts 5 mesi fa
Honest to god watching Jokic’s passing in this video made me cackle. Just so insane. I really hope that he wins at least one championship, he deserves it.
rulnacco 4 mesi fa
Ain't it tho! I was sitting there just screeching at some of those dimes. Hell, Jokic could turn *me* into a layup-making machine in the NBA--all you gotta do is keep moving, stay awake even when it looks like he don't see you, and catch the damn ball. Simple as.
valmiera 3 mesi fa
@rulnacco I think more basketball fans gotta see this and realize what Jokic is really doing. He better win 3x mvp, averaging a triple double, best team in the west, insane efficiency.. I used to never really watch Jokic cause I never watched nuggets games but I’m definitely gonna start now. Definitely turning into one of my favorite players, I love high level passing and smart players, he fits the bill perfectly. Crazy how some people find this boring, this is art
feedback 2 giorni fa
HES IN THE FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The reveal that this entire video full of highlight reel passes was from just this 27 game part of the season was quite the exclamation mark to this essay. Fantastic video.
madirts1 5 mesi fa
It all comes down to his mentality. He said, "If I score, only I am happy. But if I pass and they score, two people are happy." He's the best TEAMMATE of all time.
gntov 5 mesi fa
It's so interesting to see how many opportunities Gordon has been getting since he started playing with jokic
Vaune Oso
Vaune Oso 5 mesi fa
I think the Jokic Gordon pairing is so underrated. Their games where made for each other. If Mal can get consistent mins playing AG I think that’ll be a nice addition from them too
Jovan Sveti
Jovan Sveti 5 mesi fa
AG - serbian man , just run and dunk , ball will come on place 100%
gntov 5 mesi fa
@Vaune Oso yeah forreal, Gordon's off ball game is underrated as well. His cuts are usually on point
Petar Denic
Petar Denic 5 mesi fa
Best choice of his career
Brian Badonde
Brian Badonde 5 mesi fa
When they traded for him, they went like 8 wins straight and had number 1 offensive rating immediately. He was made for Denver
Милан Лесић
Should have included a few of his full court quarterback type assists. Love the comparisons with Larry Bird.
Yunan 2 mesi fa
Just like how Jokic unlocks Aaron Gordon's performance, Gordon also makes Jokic's game to a new height. They mastered the low post passing game together
tigerstyle 4 mesi fa
I never realized how closely related some core skills (vision, passing) are in water polo and basketball until Jokic. He has changed the game.
dawb86 4 mesi fa
Coordination (everything lol), feinting (basketball, boxing, fencing, football, soccer), footwork. (basketball, dancing, football, boxing, soccer) A lot of sports have similarities in technical style that will help you become good in others. I can't think of too many where having good vision won't be a huge asset...
Max Peters
Max Peters 3 giorni fa
Indeed. he also looks like a water polo player. He’d definitely be incredible at it
Ron Papi
Ron Papi Ora fa
He travels on almost every play to the hoop.Refs turn a blind eye to this.
Whitney MacDonald
Don't know about the best but he's working his way into the conversation with Bird and Magic. Looks like he's passing the best big men, Bill Walton and Arvytus Sabonis. Either way, it's great to see a player who plays the team game rather than the me-first, Michael Jordan, pass only when you're in trouble game.
jan279 4 mesi fa
Now that I think about it, I do believe Jokic is the greatest one-man offensive engine in the history of the sport. I mean when you look at the supporting cast he's had and how he always leads the Nuggets to a top 10 offense in the league, I believe no one ever has been as good as him at that end of the floor. Closest that I could think of would prolly be James Harden, but then again Harden's efficiency is pretty questionable, and he quite obviously benefited from Mike D's system which historically inflates the abilities of good playmakers.
Baltej Bains
Baltej Bains 5 mesi fa
Don't let his passing distract you from his 25pts/11boards on some of the most elite shooting splits in the league. No one is better than this dude on offense right now.
Chun 5 mesi fa
Giannis. The guy single handled 1v5 against Boston to a game 7
Baltej Bains
Baltej Bains 5 mesi fa
@Chun giannis had and still has a much better and deeper team around him so I can't agree he did it alone. But as an overall player, giannis is better than jokic due to his defense.
Chun 5 mesi fa
@Baltej Bains no way he has a deeper team he was gassed game 7; from playing two ends of the floor
Baltej Bains
Baltej Bains 5 mesi fa
@Chun that doesn't mean he doesn't have a deeper team lol. Just compare their rosters. Jrue holiday, brook, portis, serge, grayson, etc. All better than the dudes jokic had around him after murray and MPJ got injured.
Hairline Lawyer
Hairline Lawyer 5 mesi fa
Jerry Puig
Jerry Puig 2 mesi fa
I literally love this video for the fact that it showcases Jokic's passes and reading of the game, something that a lot of NBA highlights still don't understand. This video focuses on what Jokic's game is really about: reading the game, NOT scoring, as somehow 99% of other highlights videos seem to focus on. I'd just like to say that. Thanks Thinking Basketball, you really are putting thinking back into basketball.
エフラグ Mese fa
100% That's why I love this channel b/c it goes beyond the stats (basic AND advanced), and he actually demonstrates how Jokic is such a special player.
TheSiemek 5 mesi fa
The league is crazy with all the HOF level talents. Night after night, game after game there is something amazing happening.
thatmountain 5 mesi fa
i'm only 7 mins into this video but i also think it's important to highlight how his teammates have been able to understand what he's able to do and to get into positions where he can pass to them. seems like it may take a lot of practice and trust for his passes to work. either way he's great.
birb watcher
birb watcher 4 mesi fa
jokic made Gordon great
rulnacco 4 mesi fa
True--but honestly, it ain't hard, once you understand what Jokic can do: (1) keep moving constantly; (2) stay awake all the time, even when you don't think he can see you and that you're open/about to be open; and (3) catch the damn ball. Hell, *I* could get 3-4 buckets in an NBA game if I just did those three things playing with Jokic, he makes it that easy.
HikoSeijuroXIII 3 mesi fa
It's heartbreaking watching his teammates brick shot after shot on his tremendous passes in the beginning segment.
Fedorjugg 5 mesi fa
i was at the memphis vs nuggets game, it was unreal. jokic’s passes along with the jeff green poster dunk were insane
Keemoh's Mind
Keemoh's Mind 5 mesi fa
This mans game seems so simple, but when you watch closely what he does you start seeing how complex it actually is. He is seeing plays and passes way earlier than anyone on the opposing team, his passing IQ is out of this world, like literally never seen. True greatness right there.
angah Bg
angah Bg 5 mesi fa
Thats i have been saying bro... A defender may think they have defended Jokic well when he pass out of a shot but, passing the ball was Joker first option from the first place...
hamoIQ 5 mesi fa
Yeah it’s genuinely like watching a genius when you break it down. Because at normal pace it just looks like an easy pass most of the time, but actually jokic is always finding and creating the most perfect small gaps whcih are always enough to lead to an opportunity
GutsKS 5 mesi fa
That's why average casuals dislike him, they can't see all the subtle things he does.
BludAardvark 5 mesi fa
With how people have consumed the NBA for decades people think the best passers always dominate the ball when at times its just the latter. The fun part is watching how Jokic can see all where the play is going without touching the ball. In part because he's heavily involved in the spacing when he's setting a load of screens or just relocating to the perimeter. So him just getting a pass and giving a quick touch pass to a scorer at the basket is just him directing the flow.
Aaron Bridges
Aaron Bridges 5 mesi fa
wilt does the same thing
farras rivaldi
As a playmaker myself, would like to emphasize his skill on 5th pass based on your order. I think Joker took into account that Jaren J. Wasn’t looking back when he launched that pass, so he gave a very soft-landed bounce pass to Gordon, which was easier to receive. Had Jaren looked back and saw it was coming, I believe that Joker would launch a faster yet harder-to-receive back door pass. Just simply the fact that he took Jaren’s position into consideration, amazed me!😲👏🏼
Corey Checketts
Corey Checketts 5 mesi fa
Did I miss the discussion about John Stockton? Seems odd to omit the all time leader in assists.
Fabian Ahrens
Fabian Ahrens 5 mesi fa
His passing and scoring ability is the pure meaning of an MVP. He makes everyone in his team better! When he can keep up his level to the end of the season and Denver is ranked in the top 3 he derserves the 3rd MVP in a row!
Stanton H
Stanton H 5 mesi fa
It seems like one of the biggest things to learn from great passers to add to your own game is simply having the balls or the audacity to even make some of these passes.
rulnacco 4 mesi fa
One time, after winning MVP, Larry Bird said something along the lines of if there was one thing he would like to improve on, it would be cutting down on his turnovers. But, he said, he thought that if he focused on that too much, he wouldn't make nearly as many good plays as he did.
Baseball Pimp
Baseball Pimp 18 giorni fa
Probably the craziest part of Joker's game is his ability to make such audacious, bold passes look so nonchalant and effortless. People try to characterize his game as very fundamental and boring, akin to Tim Duncan's game. Both players deserve their flowers regardless, and while Jokic has great fundamentals, I'd argue that the passing aspect of Jokic's skills is incredibly entertaining. It might not induce the jump out of your seat reactions that a 30 foot Curry trey bomb or a LeBron of Giannis poster can create, but the sheer difficulty of the passes Joker casually makes every night is still entertaining in a way that leaves fans both bewildered and in awe. The passes he executes to cutters that would otherwise be considered well-defended are just insane. He's naturally flashy without even trying to be. Even his scoring is fun to watch because his moves are equally awkward and graceful all at once.
Eli Weiner
Eli Weiner 4 mesi fa
Such a cool breakdown. Can you please do one on Giannis' playmaking? Feels like far and away the most underrated aspect of his game. Never really hear him discussed as an elite big man passer but he makes passes only a few can make (such as game winning assist to Grayson the other night against Toronto)
Jon 5 mesi fa
Another effect that probably comes from Jokic's passing is that it seems his teammates are much more willing to be active off-ball. Watching Denver play, his teammates are much more willing to run in transition, cut off ball and move. Knowing your star is going to hit you if there is any sort of opening makes it just makes it so much more worthwhile moving. It's why Denver constantly has some of the best offenses year after year with Jokic on and that guys who were known as limited offensive players before like Gordon and Bruce Brown are now having breakout seasons.
Ricky 5 mesi fa
Give this man a medal. You got that on point. I didn't even thought about it.
Markus Hakala
Markus Hakala 5 mesi fa
Another way I've seen Jokic's presense rub off onto his teamates is by making them be more adventurous with their own decision making. Take for example Aaron Gordon who has a beautiful Jokic-esque pass in almost every Nuggets game that I have watched this year that if not for Jokic he probably wouldn't have been able to do on such consistent basis. In that sense I think Jokic is a player who almost forces his teammates to have a two-man game with him, making them reconsider all the options that were unavailable before, and thus unlocking their full potential as players.
Ika Pika
Ika Pika 5 mesi fa
Brilliant point.
BludAardvark 5 mesi fa
The big in the modern NBA is always involved in so much action like box outs, spacing out or the various screens that is opens up the wings to do move around as well. Not to mention what they can when they get the pass where they turn into give and go guys or hand off threats where they can roll to the rim or pop out to shoot. Its just that when u get a big who has the touch and floor vision like Jokic, every cutting/relocation opportunity is always a chance for offense. Even Jokic borrowed a page from Bird where he'll just throw a ball up at the rim and with his size/strength in the post, he'll just outmuscle everyone else and use his soft touch to get the putback and the EZ basket (with like 2 Offensive rebs credited to him in the process).
dawnstar81 5 mesi fa
Reminds me of great hockey centers, that make bang on average wingers have breakout seasons because of the passing. Best example is Mario Lemieux who made Rob Brown have double/triple the amount of points he had at other teams, sometimes even banking shots of Brown, who was just standing there, into the goal.
Kieran Harper
Kieran Harper 5 mesi fa
At 4:40 the one hander into 3 defenders, he slingshots the rock so hard it makes Poeltl flinch and not even put a hand up. Incredible delivery speed and timing
Aaron Washington
Awesome analysis as always. The one aspect of Jokic's passing and game overall that always stands out to me is his patience. Whether he's committing to a scoring opportunity, or just leveraging that ability to open up the floor for his teammates, every single move he makes has a purpose and never feels rushed. He only makes a play when he is good and ready once he sees that he can take advantage of the defense. Masterful.
Ursula 4 mesi fa
Yeah, he can be patient, but he also can make the quickest read, he's almost always perfectly timed in his decisions.
Ron Papi
Ron Papi 2 giorni fa
He travels on almost every play. Refs look away. Check him out as he takes 3 or 4 steps on his scoring plays.
Viraj Deshpande
Viraj Deshpande 5 mesi fa
Some of his passes are like "through balls," "square passes," "slide rule passes," and "diagonal balls" in soccer. All perfectly weighted.
Kevin Pohlner
Kevin Pohlner 4 mesi fa
The one thing that demonstrates his ability to hit the barely open man who is most often ignored is the foul that accompanies the shot. The defender is so caught off guard he has no alternative than to foul.
Kevin Schart
Kevin Schart 5 mesi fa
this was the first full game i've seen him play. i was thoroughly entertained. he's was making incredible plays all night
dun matta
dun matta 5 mesi fa
Just watching his Grizz highlights, Jokic may not have had a monster triple double in terms of metrics but he was just toying with them. That's how you dominate a team.
Vaune Oso
Vaune Oso 5 mesi fa
Had the same impact against the grizzlies as the 40,27,10 night. The man is anazing
Dew Man
Dew Man 5 mesi fa
Points aren’t everything I’d rather get an efficient all around stat line with less points than a high scoring game on bad efficiency
BeRLIN 5 mesi fa
Still had historic 13 13 13.
Daddy Fuse
Daddy Fuse 5 mesi fa
@Dew Man Its moreso that watching the games will tell you the real story. He was absolutely as dominant against the grizz as he was when he dropped that huge 40pt triple double. You would have to watch the game to know it tho
T Hard
T Hard 5 mesi fa
If you watch the first half, you'll realize that the refs gave Joker and the Nuggets 20 free throws but only gave the Grizzlies 3. And the refs also were against the Grizzlies the game before against Oklahoma City. The referees manipulate the game because of sports betting and other vested interests. "Dominate" as long as the refs rig the game against the better team...
Diego Mejia
Diego Mejia 2 mesi fa
It is amaing to see new jewels on every new generation of players. I am more from Nash and Kid era, but this guy here, he is def. the best one of his generation.
Travis Jazzbo
Travis Jazzbo 4 mesi fa
Clearly the MVP of the league. Pretty sure Nuggets would not even be competitive without him. He is not only great individually, but makes everyone else great around him
Marlo Lozada
Marlo Lozada 4 mesi fa
My idea of an accomplished player is in the passing. His consciousness of where his teammates are is really astonishing. Makes the game so much fun.
Terry Tenley
Terry Tenley 2 mesi fa
Unbelievable play.. he does so many things right.. it’s been a long time to see the skill this player has.. so fun to see and watch.. love the results..
dovla_ 16 ore fa
It's probably impossible to make a top 10 list of his career passes and be 100% happy about it. You'd have to leave tens, maybe hundreds of them out. Phenomenal baller.
Attempted Optimist
I love how much Ben enjoys Jokic's passing, I feel like every Jokic vid on thinking basketball is like at least 70% jokic passing highlights, and I wouldn't have it any other way.
Vaune Oso
Vaune Oso 5 mesi fa
Agreed 💯💯💯
HomerOJSimpson 5 mesi fa
Seems likes he’s only interested in best flashy passing which is why Stockton or even Chris Paul aren’t even mentioned. Stockton less the league in assist 9 straight seasons averaging as much as 14.5 and had tremendous assist to turnover ration at high volume yet not one mention. Only counts if you do behind the back pass I guess.
Brian Badonde
Brian Badonde 5 mesi fa
@HomerOJSimpson I get it now, you're trolling lol 😂
Akira Rin
Akira Rin 5 mesi fa
@HomerOJSimpson He explained how passes bend defense when hitting tight windows. Those two passers are what I call "save passer with high USG". The impact of a passer don't just relate to assists counts.(I'll assume you never check potencial assists, secondary assists) The diversity of passes also matters. Stockton makes mostly entry passes while in static position. Paul is mostly a PnR passer. Not trying to disrespect those two.(CP3 is one of my favorite) But we all know how those two will start a possession 90% of the game. Magic, Bird, Jokic just make all kinds of passes in the move, pose, PnR(roller and ball handler), transition,etc. The unpredictiabilty and constant pressure the players impose on defense is just different.
Cole Dorillo
Cole Dorillo 5 mesi fa
@HomerOJSimpson he does cover them during his podcasts about the best players and best passers all the time. This video is just about jokic though. Tldr; high risk passes create higher value. Most players can rake up low value assists by doing and easy pass or just sending it to a superstar. Elite passers create their own windows.
Adhy Nugroho
Adhy Nugroho 8 giorni fa
I needed a video like this. I don't watch much NBA games apart from the highlights, and I could never understand why Jokic was so highly rated since he didn't have that "athleticism/highlights" factor like a lot of the other high-flying, posterize plays the other top dawgs possess.
Stfg 5 mesi fa
Art .. rare feel , court vision , controlling pace an tempo , anticipation, velocity , touch , creativity .. the nuances an next level details to the great passers is what I wish was appreciated more .. truly a skill Jokic is in the class with the best of em.. not just best passing big ever .. that does a disservice to him He’s one of the all time passers period .. awesome video as always
St0Jakob 4 mesi fa
those one handed touch passes have me wondering if he ever played any water polo.... crazy stuff
Emer Dog
Emer Dog 3 mesi fa
I've been watching the NBA since 1970, and Magic, Stockton and Nash were among my favorite players. But Jokic is definitely the best passer I've ever seen.
iceman 2 mesi fa
The man is simply great. I don't care whether he ever wins a championship. The man should just be appreciated for what he's doing.
Seb K
Seb K 4 mesi fa
Great work on the breakdown. The fact that it's from one game is almost unbelievable.
Ryan Werner
Ryan Werner 4 mesi fa
Magics passing was... magic... jokic is insane, but Magic was an absolute spectacle to watch.
cliff woodbury
cliff woodbury 5 mesi fa
I was thinking a couple days ago on how passing has changed in the NBA and anyone who goes back every 10 years will see the NBA has changed so much and that effects all aspects of the game. While the changes have been consistent the trend has been the same - more movement and spacing. That means that passers back in the day had on average smaller windows to pass the ball threw and while that is impressive making long passess is an art and has a skill on its own. Of course i have already made comments on how defenses have changed the way assist are made on an average. I have stated because mid range defenses are weaker many more assist are made of chaos buckets were someone breaks into FG range and so a mad scrambled leads to many more chaos assist than in past eras were many times assists were in the flow of the offense. If you look at the top assist guys many of them are throwing the balls at the craziest angles at the craziest time - their movements are even chaotic in making their passes as they try to take advantage of collapsing defenses! The crazy thing is NJ's passes are often not in chaos and he often is so methodical in patients and delivery it is as if he is a QB running an offense with precion and the right decision time after time.
reco 4 mesi fa
Players who play slower have more time to look around. that's why players like jokic and alperen cover their slowness with awesome perimeter control features
David 2 mesi fa
Great video. Great breakdown of Jokic. Great run down of the best passers in history. Would have preferred a mention of all time assist leader Stockton in there too.
Houssam K
Houssam K 5 mesi fa
We take this type of players for granted. until it’s too late, appreciate greatness while it’s still here !
Dusk 5 mesi fa
And this is together with Lebron too, in the league at the same time. Pure blessing
MrMuscelz 5 mesi fa
I thought the same thing i never got to see Kobe play but definitely watching the joker live is on my bucket list
Justin David
Justin David 5 mesi fa
@MrMuscelz Watching him in the game against Memphis 3 days ago was a rare privilege. His 40/27/10 triple double game 5 days ago would have been magical to watch as well.
Sloboda ili Smrt
Sloboda ili Smrt 23 giorni fa
I am ex basketball player. After the first original Dream Team stopped playing i stopped watching basket. Jokic has brought smile on my face once again when i watch basketball game. He is just amazing.
Aleksandar 3 mesi fa
Fantastic video, well done. Jokic is just unique, hell of a player!
NeVale LaPena
NeVale LaPena 18 giorni fa
The most unbelievable things about Nikola are the "top career assist compilation" ... at age 26 those are hours of unbelievable assists, and often most people need some commentary to understand the complexity of what's happening... he's comparable only to few years of Steve Nash apex in Phoenix or late Dallas, and, i think, most recent years of Lebron... he's literally the 6'11 reincarnation of pistol Pete, there's no CP3, no Jason Kidd, no Magic J. ,nobody who can handle the comparative, no mention to the fact he's doing that every single night since his rookie year
Zach 4 mesi fa
It's so rewarding seeing all the credit Jokic gets now. Nuggets fans spent 3 seasons telling everybody that would listen that this guy is SPECIAL. Still some holdouts, but the people that hate on Jokic are either trolls or don't know what they are watching. His greatness is undeniable and guys like Nick Wright are going to ride his coattails to a successful career in the media hating on him for the next 12 years.
Gwynbleidd 4 mesi fa
He doesn't move that fast but he easily gets to his spot with good footwork.
Rhyan Westhassel
This sorcery requires sky high levels of trust from all the Nuggets players. Players trusting Jokic to find them, and Jokic trusting the others to make the right cuts.
Michael Sankowski
Totally. They all have to be so aware. Those passes must seem to show up out of nowhere in real life
Michael Sankowski
Some of those bounce passes are completely hidden from their eyes until it shows up in thier hands
エフラグ 5 mesi fa
@Michael SankowskiRight! It must be so much fun playing with Jokic. You make a cut and get open, and the ball just magically appear in your hands!
taroa chang
taroa chang 5 mesi fa
yeah, always think some of these laser beam pass right on the face out of nowhere could be bone fracture for ordinary people 🤣
Oleg 5 mesi fa
If u see every interview he is in, it is always humble. He also never forget to include his teammates efforts everytime they praise him. That's how u get ur teammates to trust you
Alessandro Valzania
I've been watching him since 2015 and he never cease to amaze me!
Benjamin Werth
Benjamin Werth 5 mesi fa
He has the best hands, feet, and mind combo I have ever seen. Amazing touch with either hand, and astounding footwork. He might look "slow" but if you just watch his feet, you see his underrated athleticism.
Ali Abdi
Ali Abdi 4 mesi fa
If he was black you wouldn’t be saying these things about him.
Benjamin Werth
Benjamin Werth 4 mesi fa
@Ali Abdi What nonsense is this? If he were black and had the same game, yes I would. The Basketball Gods don't care where someone is from, and that is awesome.
Ali Abdi
Ali Abdi 4 mesi fa
For example Kyrie Irving has the best foot work and is the most skilled player in the NBA period. If he was white you would be saying a Kyrie is the greatest of all time.
Ali Abdi
Ali Abdi 4 mesi fa
@Benjamin Werth He’s a stat monster like James Harden that’s it. He’s not a winner. He doesn’t play the game the right way.
Benjamin Werth
Benjamin Werth 4 mesi fa
@Ali Abdi if you think Jokic "doesn't play the game the right way" you have a very different idea of basketball than I and many others do..... As far as Kyrie, he is the greatest ball-handler/dribbler in history. He was a bigtime player and came through in the clutch back in 2016. Since then, he has been a selfish person and painfully irresponsible as a public figure. I'm not going to comment more with you on this.
Walker Heaven
Walker Heaven 11 giorni fa
This guy has the best touch ever, it's unbelievable and unguardable.
Rollin Leonard
Rollin Leonard 4 mesi fa
his no-looks are so much better than just flashy turning your head after you passed long after the play was already in the bag like the luka and labron examples. his not looking is what creates the openings.
Matthew Juricic
Matthew Juricic 4 mesi fa
This video is awesome! Really great insights and you provided a genuinely unbiased and fair look at some of the best players we know. Great watch.
Thea Celestino
Thea Celestino 5 mesi fa
What's great with this is his skill doesn't depend on athleticism and will probably age well throughout his whole career. We're just so blessed to see this for as long as we're able to and I don't think it's declining anytime soon.
wyz kun
wyz kun 5 mesi fa
the problem with him tho. i felt like if he finally win a ring with nuggets he will retire on the spot or just wait out his contract then went home to serbia to chase his other dream as the biggest horse jockey ever.
Jakub Cygan
Jakub Cygan 4 mesi fa
@wyz kun lol you had me in the first half, not gonna lie
jml2621 4 mesi fa
The greatest like Bird, Magic could barely dunk and won with their minds. Jokic's value is literally off the charts.
Ali Abdi
Ali Abdi 4 mesi fa
He doesn’t play defense and folds in the play offs. He’s just white hype that’s all. The refs favor him and Luka.
Ali Abdi
Ali Abdi 4 mesi fa
@jml2621 Bird dunked often. Secondly Mike was greater than both put together.
Dan Vu
Dan Vu 4 mesi fa
I don't watch basketball, but you have convinced me. I feel that I might share this trivial knowledge if some bball discussion ever pops up in the future, wondering what others think of Jokic. GJ on the video. This seems to at least be more interesting of a talking point than talking about how Shaq overwhelmed with his power and size.
tube broadcast
tube broadcast 5 mesi fa
Jokic's extraordinary skills have seen Aaron Gordon improve his game immensely.
J D 5 mesi fa
Since we are judging passes that lead to scores, also known as assists, I submit another name for consideration: John Stockton. He is the all time leader in assists. He has 3715 more assists than the second person on that list.
Roderick Campbell
Roderick Campbell 5 giorni fa
Love this. Jokic is from another planet. Also, everyone else named here is probably too. All of them unreal. In my world, a great pass is greater than a great score. I will make an exception. Jokic's shot in the last 24 hours was amazing.
Robin Mag
Robin Mag 21 giorno fa
Not only the best passer ever, but the greatest player ever.
Yeah, it's me
Yeah, it's me 5 mesi fa
For me personally, what makes him the greatest is just his large arsenal of passes. Sure Magic and LeBron they have no looks and drop passes but there's just some passes The Big Honey makes that NOBODY in basketball, past or present, would even think about trying. It's amazing how much he elevates his teammates, and for that he could win an MVP every couple of years and I think it'd be truly well deserved.
Gravijah_ 5 mesi fa
It's hard to know with older players because of their huge sample size, and the flashiest being what is remembered. Jokic exists in an age where you can easily see any pass ever made quickly, players like LeBron only lived partially in that era, and players like Nash, etc before it. Let alone Magic or Bird. Edit: Jokic is in that pantheon, of course. Picking one of them is basically impossible.
LUIS VERGARA 5 mesi fa
Get Lebron out of the conversation. We're talking best passers
Gravijah_ 5 mesi fa
@LUIS VERGARA LeBron has been commonly cited as one of the best passers ever by players, analysts and all kinds of other people. He has routinely been called the player with the best natural vision ever. You don't have to agree, but that puts you on the outside. If legends, current players, etc etc consider him one of the best ever, I don't think a random dude has much sway. watch?v=t8tnELrsoeU but hey let's have some fun.
Jacob Scholtissek
@Gravijah_ i agree Lebron is a phenomenal Passer but compared to Alltime Great passer he "stinks" up none the less one of the best passer from 2008 until now. so he is in an Elite company cause my Goat lists are seperated by eras too hard to com pare imo. so yeah is a top 3-10 passer of his era, depends on how you look at it
C L 5 mesi fa
@Jacob Scholtissek put the haterade down kid
GBV1436 4 mesi fa
I think he's one of those players who's deceptively good, because he looks awkward, but has good court vision, excellent passing skills and is a good shot. Players who get their teammates involved are dangerous opponents
gasper signorelli
Agree totally. Best passer in the league any position and right there with the best passers ever. And he might be the best. Amazing too to see how adjusts and bends passes on the fly. Great video.
Akagami shanks
Akagami shanks 4 mesi fa
I don't really have deep knowledge of Basketball tactics on a high level, but in Football (soccer) this passing technique is used quite a lot by talented midfielders, the theory, in short, they don't target the player they want to pass to but the free space between the lines they anticipate the action before happening, and an advanced defensive team will always mark the spaces and not the attacking players.
This is an obvious statement, of course, but playing with a player like Jokic encourages movement, cuts, breakouts, etc. from his teammates because they actually get rewarded for doing so... which opens up Jokic to more passing opportunities... which rewards those players even more... and so on, just feeding back into each other. So awesome.
RipTheKidd 5 mesi fa
his coordination and size + strength lets him do things nobody else can. cross court passes must feel like a flick of the wrists. but he has amazing soft touch too to dail it back and make accurate passes easy. i bet he could sail a basketball 200ft if he wanted too
YZM 5 mesi fa
Its only when you watch Jokic that modern era folks like myself realize just how much of a lost art passing is. Its so hype. The NBA has many scorers, but this kind of passing is truly rare.
Giffen is Good
Giffen is Good 5 mesi fa
Rare in the US* -- passing (esp. crazy creative passing) still exists in Euro basketball.
SansibarRacing 4 mesi fa
Wow this is a brilliant video + great analysis! It's fascinating to watch amazing passers. Best part of the game to me. Thanks for sharing 👏
Hubert Mungus
Hubert Mungus 4 mesi fa
I think out of any player, I always rewind Jokic clips the most by far
Dan Abbott
Dan Abbott 4 mesi fa
He is awe inspiring, but I'm not ready to vault him past Magic or Bird. And I will point out that Cousy is the grandfather of great passers. Would we even have a Magic if Cousy hadn't changed basketball so definitively? And there are a few others who dropped a few jaws in their day: Pistol Pete, Jason Williams, Rondo, Walton. All of the players you showcase and other great passers are what makes basketball exciting. Give me a great pass over a great dunk everytime.
maggie and jim
maggie and jim 4 mesi fa
the 1970s celtics had some of the best players ever.....with a few fabulous passers
Christopher Jones
I say he is pretty close but Luka has to be my favorite passer. His passes are unreal at times and sometimes seem like it should be a circus act.
NigerianBaller 5 mesi fa
I was watching the Serbian national team in the FIBA world cup and it was thing of beauty to watch, every player knew where everyone was at all times, and I was thinking, this is how basketball is supposed to be played, a team sport
Scott Munson
Scott Munson 4 mesi fa
Thanks for pointing this out. The system is really dedicated to position-less basketball where the expectation is that every player should be a great passer and ballhandler regardless of size.
I've always felt Euro league players had better fundamentals, less ego than many in the NBA.
Scott Munson
Scott Munson 3 mesi fa
@MadLadsAnonymous I think it's a question too of how people define the game. In the Serbian system, there's a sense of "position-less" basketball; e.g., every person the floor should be able to play all the positions, passing, rebounding, outside shooting, etc. In American basketball, I feel there's much more of an emphasis on specializing in your position and perfecting your craft; e.g., "I'm a 3. Here's what a 3 does. This is what I'll perfect."
Gustavo Silva
Gustavo Silva 3 mesi fa
6:08 HE DEFENDED!!!! THAT'S INSANE. Since Jok said, he knew, so he didn't jump.
Michael Vasily-Cioffi
Being a fan who grew up in the 80's, I have wondered if players like Bird or Magic be dominate in today's NBA. I guess I don't have to wonder anymore
GoodLuckBeatz 4 mesi fa
He reminds me of a prime Bill Walton. Touching the ball on offense and defense every possession creating plays
Jeff G
Jeff G 5 mesi fa
We are so lucky to have him in Denver!
Wesley Morrison
Wesley Morrison 5 mesi fa
Spot on. Pending injury or massive fall off, at his current pace he's top 10 at least, likely top 5 offensively. And I'm not sure how anyone could be ranked higher than him currently.
Firash Adryan
Firash Adryan 5 mesi fa
You know, even if some people didn’t put him as the GOAT passer, him being in the discussion alone is enough. If someone says Player X is in the discussion with Magic, Bird, Lebron, Nash and Kidd, you know he’s in an elite company.
toeey1 4 mesi fa
Never heard of this dude but damn, he's got one hell of an assist
John Hanover
John Hanover 4 giorni fa
It helps when you have a good supportive team. Joker is elevating the Nuggets as well.
Chick Hearn4ever
This guy passes like Larry Bird..he's incredible
Rich Cant Game
Rich Cant Game 2 mesi fa
As a Sixers fan I wish people would appreciate Embiid and Jokic rather than fight about who’s better. Both are amazing players.
sportsfan ivosevic
I always believed that practicing without dribbling encouraged an eyes up mindset and a more 'let the ball do the work' style of play.
Linus Stammberger
I was thinking about this earlier. Magic is basically the consensus pick for the goat passer. But watching Jokic this season, i cannot help but think he has quite literally perfected the art of passing. It is ridiculous what he is able to do with the basketball. What is even more ridiculous though is that people still don't think he is as good as his statistics imply.
Rook 119
Rook 119 5 mesi fa
A 1 month highlight reel of Jokic is a year for Magic tho Magic had way less opportunities (most of his highlights came on fast breaks where he had a chance to be more creative). 80s NBA basketball was terrible to watch (college >>>>>> NBA back then). If some old like me tells you that it was a "team" game back then, slap that old upside the head. The majority of 80s BB plays were clear outs (thank you illegal defense): 8 people stand on one side of the court like literally just standing there, the guy with ball on the other side of the court goes 1v1. Practicing team D was a waste of time, the best offensive and defensive teams were all 1v1 specialists.
Ben 5 mesi fa
Johnson was damn good, but not my pick for best.
Joe Jett
Joe Jett 5 mesi fa
I think it’s fair to put him up there with magic but I’ll give him a couple more seasons and it will be undisputed.
R M 5 mesi fa
He’s better than magic individually but magic had the better career
Corey Roberts
Corey Roberts 5 mesi fa
@R M magic was also in a much better team situation tho. And the league wasn’t quite as flush with talent
Lou Liwanag
Lou Liwanag 4 mesi fa
Crazy to think Jokic is a 2nd rd pick and now a back to back MVP and on the top in the race on his supposedly 3rd MVP award. Denver really needs to win a ring while Jokic is still on his prime.
Jake B
Jake B 5 mesi fa
I love his game and think he’s brilliant. You should compare him to Bird and Stockton. Do a comparison video on them and Jokic
amjan 5 mesi fa
Jokić has the largest repertoire of different passess out of any player I have seen in the last 30 years.
Fred 5 mesi fa
Jay Williams has entered the chat. But Jay was careless so different.
Fred 5 mesi fa
@mkbzam I meant when he was making those highlight reel passes. His ast to t/o ratio was 2.2 during his first 4 years. After that, he improved tremendously but he was no longer in highlights and he saw his assist drop as he played more conservatively.
WarNock07 5 mesi fa
Is pistol Pete in this conversation? or was that more than 30 years ago?
LizzosChair.- 5 mesi fa
@WarNock07 bro that's like midevil times
Thunder Chicken
Thunder Chicken 5 mesi fa
He He's so dangerous from anywhere on the floor to pass, score and now even make steals. You nailed it saying Big Honey's has an arsenal of delivery methods dishing dimes...he's like an NFL quarterback, an elite NFL quarterback threading the needle nightly. I chuckle when I see them and say wtf! He's so good.
Merton Hirsch
Merton Hirsch 12 giorni fa
Jokic just posted his 6th straight post season game with a 30+ game-score, breaking MJs record of 5 straight. He also topped Jordan's record for highest average game score in a 5 and 6 game stretch in the post season. Currently, the greatest playoff run in hostory.
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