Denver Nuggets star center Nikola Jokic was thrilled after achieving the milestone that had previously been achieved only by the NBA great Wilt Chamberlain. On Tuesday, Jokic recorded the 50th triple-double of his career as he posted 37 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 128-97 road win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jokic is now only the second center in NBA history to have recorded 50 triple-doubles. "It's nice, of course," Jokic said of doing something only Chamberlain has done among centers in the history of the game, per ESPN.
"It is something that [for] my legacy to put behind me. It's cool just to be in that group of guys, especially with one of the best players to ever play the game. Just a nice accomplishment." Jokic is only 25 years and Nuggets head coach Mike Malone was the first to acknowledge that during his post-game press conference.
Jokic has turned into into a superstar and the Nuggets hope he will lead them to an NBA Championship. "He's only 25 years old, which is amazing," Denver coach Malone said. "Nikola has 50 career triple-doubles, but he also has 20 games [in his career] where he missed a triple-double by either one rebound or one assist.
It just speaks to his greatness. The guy doesn't get fatigued; he doesn't get tired."
Malone joked Jokic should enter the dunk contest
This weekend, Jokic won't be taking part in the dunk contest during the All Star weekend but coach Malone jokingly said he should consider signing up for the event.
"He has been a dunking machine as of late," said Malone, who kidded that Jokic should try to enter this weekend's All-Star dunk contest. "We joke about it, but it really does speak to his overall conditioning, staying in great shape and being disciplined.."
Jokic is having an outstanding season and he is an MVP candidate. Jokic is averaging near a triple-double this season as he has 27.3 points, 11 rebounds and 8.6 assists per game. "Most people are emotional eaters, right?" Malone said.
"If you have any reason to overeat, it's this season. It's been crazy. Can't leave the hotel, get tested three times a day. But Nikola has laser focus and discipline. He has been just a machine for us. And for him to attack the basket, dunk and hang on the rim as much as he has this year is really fun to watch."