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Jokic invokes Magic: “Passing makes two people happy. Scoring only makes one person happy.”

Nikola Jokic

Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, right, celebrates after hitting the second of back-to-back, 3-point baskets against the Chicago Bulls in the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-110. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Denver Nuggets big man Nikola Jokic is one of the best young passing centers in the NBA. The 21-year-old Serbian has been the star of several Top 10 countdowns and YouTube highlight mixes alike thanks to his fancy passing.

So how does Jokic, currently averaging 15.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 4.2 assists per-game feel about scoring vs. passing?

To answer reporters on Tuesday, Jokic dug up an old Magic Johnson quote:

Wise beyond his years on that one.

Let’s check out some of Jokic’s passes, shall we?