Even for a league with heavy domination of domestic talents like the NBA, there are foreign players who have been able to make their mark in the league and stamp their feet as great talents of the sport that is basketball. The league has seen names like Hakeem Olajuwon, Pau Gasol, and Dirk Nowitzki dominate the league. One other name that is making a splash in the league is Nikola Jokić, a Serbian-born basketball player for the Denver Nuggets.
Nikola Jokić has been a member of the best basketball league in the world, the NBA, since 2015 but he began his career as a professional basketball player in 2012. A background like his in a country where basketball is not the most common of sports has led to an interesting story about the life of Nikola Jokić. Learn about him by reading below.
Nikola Jokić’s Life Before The Fame
In the deep paths of Serbia, on the 19th of February 1995, Nikola Jokić was born as one of three boys in Somber, Serbia. He was raised with his brothers who had a great interest in basketball. This activity, combined with horse riding was the definition of Nikola’s childhood. As he grew, so did his love for basketball and when his physical body showed he had a chance at the sport, he took it more seriously. He eventually joined Mega Vizura, a local team based in Belgrade as a player, when he was 16 years old.
He played for Mega Vizura in the Adriatic League and the Serbian League. He started out playing for the team’s junior team before he was promoted to the first team in the second season. He spent a total of four seasons with the team before he was selected by the Denver Nuggets as the 41st pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.
In his final season for Mega Vizura, he delivered exceptional performances, including being named the MVP of multiple rounds of the Serbian basketball league. At the end of the season, his performances over the course of the season earned him the award of the Adriatic League Regular Seasons MVP and were considered the league’s top prospect for the season, a fact that turned out to be true when he was snapped up by the Denver Nuggets.
Not one to waste an opportunity, Nikola Jokić immediately got the ball rolling at the Nuggets and rose to become one of the best rookies in the 2015/16 season. He helped his team to several important wins and finished the season with the honor of being the third best rookie in the league, a position that earned him a place in the All-Rookie First Team. He played 80 games in his first season, starting 55 of them.
He did not stop his exploits in his sophomore season as a player for the Nuggets. He continued to fashion out incredible displays over the course of the season, playing a total of 73 games with 59 starts and averaged 16.7 points per game. In his third season with the Nuggets, he took his performances even further, playing 75 games and starting 73 of them to record an incredible 18.5 points per game with 10.7 rebounds.
It was an incredible regular season display for the Serbian and it continued further into the 2018/2019 season after he signed a new five-year contract with the Nuggets worth a whopping $148 million. He repaid the faith in him with continued exceptional performances and eventually got his first NBA All-Star nomination in 2019.
Is Nikola Jokić in a Relationship or Married?
Even for wealthy and famous men like basketball players, love is an important need and many players struggle to find true love. However, Nikola Jokić has found love in the arms of Natalija Macesic. The couple was together before Nikola Jokić found the opportunity of a lifetime to play in the NBA in 2014; however, they are not yet married.
Who is the Girlfriend – Natalija Macesic?
Seeing the rise in the profile of Nikola Jokić, his adorable girlfriend who has been by his side since he joined the NBA has been the focus of fans of the basketball player.
Not much is known about the girlfriend of the rising basketball player but it is known that she often travels on the road with him to several of his games outside of Denver and she lives with him in his home in Denver.