LeBron James is one of the most dominant players in the NBA, if not the most dominant. There are few players alive that can hold a candle to what the Lakers forward is capable of doing on the court, but according to Denver Nuggets guard Monte Morris, Nikola Jokic is one of them.
Before the Nuggets take the floor against the Lakers on Tuesday night, the former Iowa State guard told reporters at shootaround that Jokic and James are more alike than they are different:
Monte Morris on if it’s fair to compare Nikola Jokic’s playstyle to LeBron James:— T.J. McBride (@TJMcBrideNBA) November 27, 2018
“No question. Especially the passing part, but the scoring too. LeBron is jumping a bit higher than (Jokic) but other than that, it is still worth 2 points. He can shoot threes. He can do it all.”
On the surface, the comparison seems silly (because it kind of is), but James and Jokic both share the unique combination of elite passing, scoring and rebounding.
Only three players in the league are averaging at least a 30 percent assist percentage and a 10 percent rebound percentage while posting an effective field goal percentage over 50 percent: Ben Simmons, Jokic and James.
Jokic and James are also among the elite group of players that have accumulated at least 300 points, 100 rebounds and 100 assists this season. The others? Simmons, DeMar DeRozan, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Damian Lillard and Kevin Durant.
However, as impressive as Jokic can be on any given night, he’s struggled to put it all together on a consistent basis this season. November has been an especially hard month for the 23-year-old Serbian.
In 13 games this month, Jokic has averaged just 13.8 points on 43 percent shooting from the field and 25 percent shooting from behind the arc. He’s still been productive on the boards, though, averaging 9.5 rebounds per game.
The Lakers are hoping his shooting slump continues when they visit the Pepsi Center on Tuesday. In their last matchup, Jokic went off for 24 points and 11 rebounds.