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Nuggets’ Nikola Jokic wants to help Serbia reach 2016 Olympics

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DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 21: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets and Tyler Zeller #44 of the Boston Celtics battle for rebounding position at Pepsi Center on February 21, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

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Despite having only one active NBA player – Nemanja Bjelica, who had yet to begin his rookie year with the Timberwolves – Serbia finished fourth in EuroBasket last fall.

That put the Serbians into an Olympic Qualifying Tournament, where they’ll have one more chance to reach the 2016 Rio Games.

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic wants to provide more NBA reinforcement.

Jokic, via Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post:

“Oh my gosh,” Jokic said. “I would be really honored to play for my country.”

Serbia will play in and host the Belgrade Olympic Qualifying Tournament and is a strong favorite to win the event and reach Rio. Angola and Puerto Rico appear to be the strongest competition.

Jokic, 21, looks ready to help. The Denver rookie has impressed with his combination of size and skills this season. Many national teams value experience, but Serbia would be wise to get Jokic on the roster.