In the NBA’s annual GM survey, the league’s decision makers offered a ton of praise to the Denver Nuggets and Nikola Jokic.
Not only did Jokic receive 48 percent of the votes for best center in the league — Joel Embiid came in second at 28 percent — but the Nuggets big man was also voted as the second best passer in the league. Jokic came in with 32 percent of the vote in that category, which only trailed LeBron James, who received 57 percent of votes.
Jokic also came in second to James in the question of which player has the best basketball IQ. Another category that Jokic took second in was for best international player in the NBA, which was crowned to 2018-19 league MVP, Giannis Antetokounmpo. Speaking of MVP... Jokic took fifth in that category trailing only Stephen Curry, Kawhi Leonard, Anthony Davis, and Antetokounmpo.
As for where the Nuggets stood in the rankings, Denver was picked by the GM’s to finish second in the Western Conference this season. The Los Angeles Clippers are predicated to finish first, while the Lakers, Utah Jazz, and Houston Rockets round out the top five.
Not only are a lot of GM’s high on the Nuggets, but they also consider them the most fun team in the NBA to watch. Denver won that category, while also winning best home-court advantage in the league. The Nuggets were also applauded for their promising young core as they took second in that poll, trailing only the New Orleans Pelicans.
Check out the rest of the GM survey and anything we might have missed in the link below!