Nikola Jokic wants to be Tim Duncan
Nikola Jokic shares a lot of similarities with Tim Duncan. Both of them are all about making the team better, and both prefer to have low profiles. Efficiency is the name of their game, and while Jokic has better 3-point shooting and passing in his arsenal, Timmy had been the better defender and rebounder between the two.
During the media day, the Serbian giant claimed he wanted to become the Big Fundamental but also knew he had to do more to become him.
Nikola has all the skills that could make him the next Timmy. He is loyal, too, but he needs the help of his teammates to make his dream come true. Duncan was a great player who played in a great system surrounded by great teammates. It enabled him to be successful at what he loved doing.
Jokic vs Duncan
The Joker and TD only met twice in their career, inflicting a loss on each other. They never met in the playoffs, but it would have been a must-watch. Duncan was stoic and efficient, while Jokic could hurt you in many ways. The two could cancel each other out, and their teammates could be the main difference in a series if it happens.
Jokic won two MVP awards, the same number Duncan received. But in terms of championships, Timmy has five in his trophy room while Nikola is still searching for his first. Even if the Nuggets star gets his first ring this season, he still has a lot to catch up, which makes the feat of the San Antonio Spurs with Duncan even more impressive.
It takes more than loyalty and being a great all-around teammate to become the next Tim Duncan. Kudos to Jokic for admitting he still has work to do. It’s not yet too late to chase The Big Fundamental’s five rings, but The Joker has to start now.