We finally did it! The Denver Nuggets are NBA Champions and I feel like Leonardo DiCaprio in the Titanic saying, “I’m king of the world!” This post season has been one wild ride with only losing a total of 4 games across each series and then sweeping a LeBron lead Lakers team to punch our ticket to the Finals. Once we took them down, I had a feeling the Heat didn’t stand a chance against us.
The player of the hour of course is Nikola Jokic, a guy who’s been with the team through thick and thin and who is finally a champion. He’s also the NBA Finals MVP, but he should have been the NBA’s MVP of the year instead of Joel Embiid. Jokic is the first player to lead all players in points, rebounds, and assists in a single postseason, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. On top of that, Jokic and Jamal Murray were the first pair of teammates in NBA history to average 25 points, 5 rebounds, and five assists in a single postseason, according to ESPN. Based off these postseason numbers, it is insane that he wasn’t picked to be the league’s MVP this season. Maybe next year they’ll make the right decision.
I know that Jokic is the focus for the team’s success, but you do have to give props to the Nuggets front office to piece together a championship team. Denver joined the league in 1976 and couldn’t find success with players like Dikembe Mutombo, Carmelo Anthony, Allen Iverson, and Chauncey Billups. It took the addition of Jokic with Murray, Aaron Gordon, and Michael Porter Jr. to get the pay off in the end. This is a team that could potentially see more championships in its future. For right now, I want to party until next season starts. I just need to make sure I’m well hydrated.