The Passing Game, Vol. 16: Meet Nikola Jokic


Welcome to The Passing Game, where we take the time to glorify the dimes being thrown all around us.

I dedicate this edition of the passing game to one play and one player. If you haven’t had a chance to see Denver Nuggets forward Nikola Jokic play, let this pass be your first indicator of what the 6-foot-11 Serbian is capable of.

Honestly, this might be one of the best passes I’ve ever seen. It’s a pass that people wish they could make. It’s a high-level feel pass. It’s an eyes-in-the-back-of-my-head pass.

Jokic rebounded his own miss and took a dribble on the baseline to retreat. The twist, and the unbelievable timing and reaction, comes when Jokic instantly realizes he has two defenders (Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol) drawn. In that split moment, he fired a pinpoint behind-the-back pass to Kenneth Faried, right past Gasol, for a lay up. 

Not many people can pull off this pass, let alone a big man.

Another recent one from Jokic:

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Martin is the Founder, Chief Editor, and Head Skills Development Trainer for Basketball Society. He has work experience in digital media and marketing, radio, and journalism. Currently, he does freelance work as a videographer and content creator. He has been featured as a writer on sites such as Def Pen, TV Film News, All Hip-Hop, and more. Martin played high school basketball at South Brunswick High School (NJ) where he graduated in 2007. He is a 1,000-point scorer at SBHS and an All-Middlesex County performer as a 3-year varsity starter. He helped lead SBHS to their first-ever Central Jersey Group 4 sectional state championship in 2007. Martin played college basketball at Eastern University, where he graduated (BA, Communications) in 2012. Martin was a four-year starter and a 1,000-point scorer at EU. Follow Martin on Twitter @Marsoaries and on Instagram @martin_soaries


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