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Nikola Jokić Named To All-NBA First Team

Jokić Becomes Second Player in Franchise History to Earn Honor

Courtesy of the Denver Nuggets Media Relations

Denver, May 23, 2019 – The NBA announced today that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named to the All-NBA First Team as voted on by members of the media.

Jokić becomes the second Nugget ever to be named to an All-NBA First Team, joining David Thompson who did so twice in both 1976-77 and 1977-78. He is the first Serbian to ever be named First Team All-NBA.

Jokić averaged career-highs in points (20.1), rebounds (10.8) and assists (7.3) in just 31.3 minutes per game in 2018-19. He became the first center since Wilt Chamberlain in 1967-68 to average at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in a single season and is the first player in NBA history do so in less than 35 minutes per game.

The Sombor, Serbia native was named to his first All-Star team this past season while helping lead the Nuggets to their second-most wins in franchise history (54) en route to the two seed in the Western Conference. Denver earned their first division title since 2012-13 and won their first playoff series since the 2008-09 season.

The 24-year-old, who was named Western Conference Player of the Week twice this season, finished the year with 12 triple-doubles, second most in the NBA and the second most in a single season in Nuggets franchise history (Lever, 16, 1986-87). Additionally, he recorded 56 double-doubles which was the second most in franchise history in a single season (Mutombo, 58, 1992-93). He became just the second player in NBA history along with Wilt Chamberlain to post a 35+ point triple-double while shooting 100% from the field. Nikola registered 35 points (11-11 FG’s, 3-3 3FG’s), 11 rebounds, 11 assists, four steals, one block and no turnovers in 31 minutes vs. Phoenix on Oct. 20.

This marks the first All-NBA honor for Jokić. He is the seventh Nugget to be named to an All-NBA team, joining Thompson, Alex English, Fat Lever, Antonio McDyess, Chauncey Billups and Carmelo Anthony.

Derek Nesterhttps://sunflowerstateradio.com
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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