Nikola Jokic’s best play against every NBA team

Tony Nguyen | Denver Nuggets
May 16, 2024

Nikola Jokic has been crowned the 2023-2024 NBA MVP, giving the Joker his third MVP award. There’s no question that the Nuggets star has been on a tear, especially just being fresh from leading the Denver Nuggets to the franchise’s first NBA title.

With Jokic taking over the league, it’s worth looking back on how he has basically dominated against every other team not called the Nuggets. For this piece, let’s take a look at Nikola Jokic’s best play against every NBA team.

Atlanta Hawks

Jokic surely loves to set up his teammates. In fact, he’s quick enough to find his teammates just right after touching the ball.

Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics’ Kristaps Porzingis isn’t a small man. However, Jokic easily toys with him in this play.

Brooklyn/New Jersey Nets

Jokic loves to locate his teammates on the post. Although it’s simple, it’s just unstoppable.

Charlotte Bobcats/Hornets

Despite being relatively slow, Jokic compensates with his crafty moves. In fact, despite getting all five defenders on him, the Serbian center managed to fool all of them.

Chicago Bulls

Jokic not only loves to get fancy with his passes, he also likes to dig in his bag once in a while. When he does, any team hardly has an answer for him.

Cleveland Cavaliers

It’s safe to say that Jokic has asserted his mastery over LeBron James as of late. But even back then, Jokic has already given us a glimpse here by manhandling The King.

Dallas Mavericks

Nikola Jokic and Luka Doncic are great friends off the court. But when the Nuggets and the Mavericks clash, they like to put their friendship aside. In fact, Jokic went as far as hitting a game-winner to break his friend’s heart.

Detroit Pistons

While Jokic loves getting fancy with his passing, the Joker also has polished footwork that will get any defender off his feet. In fact, first-round draft pick James Wiseman was left confused.

Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry usually drains the long ball to torment his opponents. However, the Joker managed to return the favor by converting a shot from the parking lot to win the game over the Golden State Warriors.

Houston Rockets

While Jokic often dominates on offense, the three-time NBA MVP has proved that he can also make a mark on defense. In fact, he managed to block Jae’Sean Tate’s game-winning attempt to preserve the lead en route to a win for the Nuggets.

Indiana Pacers

Jokic certainly loves to locate his teammates. In fact, he loves it so much to the point that he doesn’t have to look.

Los Angeles Clippers

Speaking of locating his teammates, Jokic’s teammates surely love playing alongside their pass-first star. In fact, despite being from the other end of the court, you can bet that the Nuggets star will find you for an easy bucket.

Los Angeles Lakers

Jokic and the Nuggets have eliminated the Los Angeles Lakers for the past two playoffs. It’s safe to say that Jokic brings his A-game against All-Star center Anthony Davis, including converting impossible shots like this one.

Memphis Grizzlies

Arguably one of Jokic’s greatest passes of his career, the Nuggets star surely knows how to make things look so easy. This pass easily cemented him as the best passing center of all time.

Miami Heat

The Nuggets beat the Miami Heat in the 2023 NBA Finals to win their first championship. It’s safe to say that it’s plays like these that made them lose the series thanks to the Finals MVP.

Milwaukee Bucks

More often than not, Jokic never fails to find his teammates. It makes you wonder how Jokic can locate them without looking.

Minnesota Timberwolves

After being down 2-0 in the second round of the 2024 NBA Playoffs, the reigning NBA MVP knew he had to do something about it. In fact, Jokic made a statement by dunking over Minnesota Timberwolves star Anthony Edwards.

New Orleans Pelicans/Hornets

With Jokic giving out blind passes, one has to wonder whether he has eyes elsewhere. In fact, a lurker like Aaron Gordon is surely enjoying the playmaking of the Joker.

New York Knicks

The Joker loves to make things look easy. In fact, this acrobatic shot found its way through the net to the surprise of everyone in the arena.

Seattle Supersonics/Oklahoma City Thunder

It’s one thing to find your teammates. It’s another to have your pass hit the mark. But with the Joker, it’s safe to say that he’s got it all covered.

Orlando Magic

While Jokic drilled a three from the parking lot against the Warriors, he pretty much tormented the Magic as well from rainbow country. With the game tied, Jokic resorted to an unlikely step back three that sealed the win for the Nuggets.

Philadelphia 76ers

This wasn’t exactly a designed play, but Jokic got the ball in the mad scramble and made the game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds left while falling down.

Phoenix Suns

The Sombor Shuffle is one of Jokic’s most unstoppable moves. In fact, with time running out, The Joker pretty much showed why he loves to go to it.

Portland Trail Blazers

Jokic can make fancy passes in between his legs and his opponents’ legs. In fact, pretty sure even the Portland Trail Blazers were shocked to see Jokic make the pass in between the legs of Al-Farouq Aminu to find Paul Millsap for the bucket.

Sacramento Kings

With plenty of blind passes, it’s safe to say to assume that Jokic has eyes behind his head. In fact, he seamlessly finds cutting teammate Jamal Murray for the easy two at the post.

San Antonio Spurs

Victor Wembanyama is expected to be the next face of the NBA. However, Jokic made sure to give him a warm welcome to the league by putting him on the poster.

Toronto RaptorsΒ 

Defense isn’t really the calling card of Jokic. However, when called upon, he makes sure to step up. In fact, OG Anunoby found out the hard way for the Toronto Raptors.

Utah Jazz

The Utah Jazz and the Denver Nuggets pretty much battled until seven games inside the NBA Bubble for the 2020 Playoffs. But to advance, Jokic pulled off this crazy go-ahead basket to send Rudy Gobert and the Jazz packing.

Washington Wizards

Given Jokic’s incredible passing abilities, someone has to ask him to try out the sport of football, specifically as a quarterback. In this sequence against the Washington Wizards, Jokic just knows how to find his teammates on the dot from miles away.