Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has once again proven his dominance on the basketball court by clinching the NBA Western Conference Player of the Month award for October and November. This marks his seventh time securing the prestigious title, setting a franchise record.
Throughout the 18 games in the mentioned period, Jokić, a two-time MVP, showcased exceptional all-around skills, averaging an impressive 29.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, and 9.2 assists. His shooting accuracy stood out with a .571 field goal percentage and .316 from three-point range. Notably, his contributions helped propel the Nuggets to a commendable 12-6 record in the games he played, placing them currently in the third position in the fiercely competitive Western Conference.
Jokić’s Triple-Double Dominance and Record-Breaking Streaks
The 28-year-old Serbian standout recorded an extraordinary seven triple-doubles, surpassing the combined total of the rest of the NBA during this timeframe. His scoring prowess was evident with a remarkable four-game streak of 30+ points to conclude November, a feat he achieved for the second time in the month (11/6 – 11/14). Additionally, Jokić entered the record books by becoming the first player since Elgin Baylor in 1967 to start a season with 12 consecutive games of 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.
In specific statistical categories for October and November, Jokić led the NBA in total rebounds and double-doubles, ranking third in both total points and assists. His exceptional performances included two 30+ point triple-doubles with zero turnovers in the last four games, a rare accomplishment unseen in the NBA for the past 40 years. During this impressive stretch, he tallied an extraordinary 54 assists while committing only eight turnovers.
Jokić’s exceptional contributions extend beyond this monthly recognition; he currently leads the NBA in total points, rebounds, assists, and triple-doubles. Setting career-high averages of 29.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game in just 34.1 minutes, Jokić continues to solidify his position as a force to be reckoned with in the world of professional basketball.