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NBA Expert: Nikola Jokic Is The Best Pick And Roll Defender In The League

(via Sporx)

(via Sporx)

Nikola Jokic is one of the best big men in the game, but even he is subject to some major criticism.

For Jokic, the soft spot seems to be his lack of defensive effort, as he is widely considered a liability on that end of the floor.

But, as pointed out by league expert Matt Moore, stats prove Jokic excels when it comes to least one area on defense: the pick and roll.

Jokic is one of the best at stopping pick-and-roll plays, an extremely valuable asset to have as a big man.

And while the remaining aspects of his defense leave much to be desired, the numbers prove that he is more than capable of holding his own.

Plus, the Nuggets are doing just fine with hos he's playing now. They're 40-18 in the West, own the NBA's 4th best record, and are poised for a deep playoff run. Meanwhile, Nikola is doing his thing -- putting up 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 6.8 assists on 52% shooting.