Nikola Jokic‘s breakout second season with the Nuggets has put him in line for one of the NBA’s most prominent awards.
Jokic, Denver’s 6-foot-10 center, is one of three finalists for the league’s most improved player award, which will be presented during the league’s inaugural awards show next Friday on TNT.
Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks and Rudy Gobert of the Jazz, both of whom were second team all-NBA selections, are the other finalists for the award.
Jokic averaged 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for the Nuggets last season, leading Denver to the league’s best offense after he was made the team’s starting center on Dec. 15.
The standout from Serbia, who recently turned 22, increased his production in every major statistical category from his rookie season.
Jokic is also nominated for the assist of the year award for his behind-the-head pass to a cutting Wilson Chandler against the Pacers in March.