Nikola Jokic received high praise from Denver Nuggets’ newcomer, DeAndre Jordan, who called him ‘the head of the snake’.
Jordan will be part of Denver’s second unit, coming off the bench as the backup center of the back-to-back NBA MVP.
“Obviously everybody knows that Nikola (Jokic) is the head of the snake. So with that, my role being obviously coming off the bench, helping our second unit with pace, screens and getting guys open, getting guys better shots and also finishing everything that I can in transition, offensive rebounds, controlling the glass for our unit, also being a defensive presence for however long I’m out there,” DeAndre Jordan told The Denver Post.
Caught up with @DeAndre on his decision to come to Denver, championship aspirations & his expected role with the #Nuggets:
“Well, (Malone) told me that I’m gonna come in and start over Nikola,” Jordan deadpanned to @denverpost.
More on Jordan’s arrival: https://t.co/x7aOmj7TMv
— Mike Singer (@msinger) August 5, 2022
The veteran big man aims to win a championship before the end of his career and that’s why he joined the Nuggets. DeAndre Jordan made it clear that claiming the title is his sole goal, as he has nothing more to prove at this stage in his career.
“I don’t put that pressure on myself to have to prove anything. I know the type of player that I am. I know the respect that I have from myself, and also that my peers have for me. That is the only thing that still drives me at this point in my career,” Jordan added.
Nikola Jokic was the best player of the Nuggets last season, averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists. However, he couldn’t prevent Denver from suffering an early playoff exit.
Next season, Denver aims to return to title contention, with Nikola Jokic as the undisputed leader and star guard Jamal Murry back healthy.