Lately, the sports department has become transfixed with large basketball-playing men who excel at setting teammates up for baskets. This is largely because since mid-December, no large basketball-playing man has been better at setting teammates up than Nuggets center Nikola Jokic.
The 6-foot-11 Serbian has thrown some truly mind-boggling dimes on his way to racking up 5.2 assists per game since Dec. 15. That is why we’ve decided to give Jokic a space on this site to highlight our favorite pass he makes on a weekly basis.
Our first installment is a Jokic-to-Jamal-Murray sequence from Sunday.
Murray hits Jokic at the top of the key in the second quarter. Murray notices upon making the pass that the lane is clear. Karl Anthony-Towns is sagging off Jokic but not enough to muck up the paint.
Murray back cuts behind Tyus Jones and puts his left hand up like a wide receiver signaling for the ball. With one hand, Jokic gathers the ball and whips a perfect pass to Murray.
I’ve actually mimicked this exact motion before, except I was intoxicated and playing darts. And my throw didn’t result in two points in an NBA game. I don’t even think it hit the dart board, come to think of it.
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