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NIKOLA JOKIĆ NAMED NBA WESTERN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE MONTH

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Denver, April 12, 2022 – The NBA has announced that Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić has been named the Western Conference Player of the Month for games played in March and April. 

Jokić wins the award for the second time this season and the fourth time in his career, surpassing both Carmelo Anthony and Alex English for most Player of the Month honors in franchise history (three each).

The NBA’s reigning Most Valuable Player averaged 31.6 points, 13.7 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 1.79 steals and 1.26 blocks while shooting .623 from the field and .818 from the charity stripe in 19 games in March and April. He helped lead the Nuggets to a final record of 48-34, good for sixth place in the Western Conference and secured a playoff berth for the fourth consecutive season (one of only two teams in NBA to accomplish this). 

Jokić, 27, recorded 17 double-doubles and three triple-doubles in March and April to finish the season with a league-leading 66 double-doubles and an NBA high 19 triple-doubles. For the month he ranked 1st in the West in points per game, 3rd in steals per game and 6th in assists per game while ranking 2nd in the NBA in rebounds per game. Additionally, in his final game of the season, Jokić became the first player in NBA history to register at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 assists in a single season.   

Joker finished the month with five straight games of over 35 points and 10 rebounds, tying Karl Malone for the longest such streak in NBA history. He shot 65%-or-better in the first three games of that streak, tied for the longest streak of 35+ points on 65% shooting in NBA history (O’Neal, Barkley, Dantley, Chamberlain). He was named Western Conference Player of the Week for games ending on April 3rd for his efforts.

The Sombor, Serbia native closed the regular season with averages of 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists, becoming the first player in NBA history to average over 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists in a season. He was the only player in the NBA this season to finish in the top 10 in points per game, rebounds per game and assists per game. He also set the highest PER in NBA history (32.85), ranked 1st in win shares (15.2) and 4th in true shooting percentage (.661).