NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins has showered praise on previous season’s NBA Most Valuable Player Nikola Jokic and compared the Serbian to Hall of Famer Hakeem Olajuwon.
Jokic had an amazing last season for the Nuggets as he was averaging 27.1 points and 13.8 rebounds per game. Furthermore, he was scoring 7.9 assists, which is the eighth-best in the league.
However, despite his brilliant performances, Denver Nuggets were knocked out of the tournament as they were beaten in the first round of the postseason by Golden State Warriors by 4-1.
Moreover, Jokic wrote his name in the annals of the NBA as he became the first player in NBA history with 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, and 500 assists in a season.
Kendrick Perkins said on the DNBA show, “I actually think Jokic is the most or one of the most skilled big man to ever play the game, Perkins said. “And we’ll talk about, like, I’m comparing him up there with the Hakeem Olajuwon. I already feel like he’s the best passing big man. Some people are saying, oh, Jokic is not that great of a defender. Well, those people are wrong.
“He’s pretty agile when it comes to switching pick and rolls, and he’s pretty good in actual drop coverage in the pick and roll. He’s good at relocating his man, things to that nature, you know, and I watch him, and I say, you know what, his IQ is probably one of the best in the game.”
Jokic has averaged 26.7 points, 12.3 rebounds, and 8.1 assists in the last two seasons of the NBA as he has been at his best for the Denver Nuggets.
The 27-year-old is currently one of the best players in the NBA and he will look to continue his good show for his team.