Jokic: want to become the Nuggets' Duncan, want to be in Denver one man, one city


This offseason, the Nuggets gave Jokic a five-year, $264 million contract, the largest in history. At the Nuggets' media day, Jokic talked about a contract extension, saying he wanted to be the Nuggets' Duncan and said retiring at the Nuggets was one of his goals.

According to Nuggets team reporter Harrison Wind of DNVR Sports, Jokic said, "I want to be the Tim Duncan of the Nuggets, but I'd have to win a few more championships to be able to compare myself to him."

According to Mike Singer, Nuggets beat writer for the Denver Post, Jokic talked about the extension and when asked if he wanted to retire with the Nuggets and reach "one man, one city," Jokic said, "I wouldn't say I'd do it 100 percent, the future is unpredictable, but that's one of my goals. The future is unpredictable, but it's one of my goals. I love the city of Denver, I love the Nuggets as a team, I love the people. It's enjoyable for me to stay here, so I wouldn't want to change anything."

Duncan has been named an All-Star 15 times in his career, and has been named to the Best XI and Best Defensive XI 15 times each. Before him, the Spurs had never reached the NBA Finals; after him, the Spurs have reached the Finals six times and won the title five times.

Jokic is now a four-time All-Star, four-time Best XI, and two-time regular season MVP, but still hasn't led the Nuggets to the Finals. In terms of personal and team honors, Jokic is still far from Duncan. Can he achieve his wish?

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