PHOENIX – Nikola Jokic desires to be an NBA All-Star this season, but when it’s not within the playing cards, the Joker isn’t going to sweat it.

“If it doesn’t occur I’m not gonna die,” Jokic mentioned from shootaround in Phoenix Saturday morning. “If it occurs it’ll be actually cool.”

Jokic’s All-Star destiny will in the end lie with NBA coaches, who decide the reserves for subsequent month’s exhibition in Charlotte. However Jokic, who’s averaging 25.eight factors, 12.eight rebounds and eight.5 assists all through six video games in January, has maintained a even handed perspective on his candidacy.

“Sure, I need to be an All-Star as a result of I simply need to be in these group of fellows,” Jokic mentioned. “It’s not one thing that I’m gonna play this season to be an All-Star.”

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The primary-place Nuggets have gained seven of their final eight video games getting into Saturday’s contest towards the Suns, and that’s coincided with three triple-doubles from Jokic. Now as much as 5 on the season and 21 for his profession, Jokic has been requested about reaching sure statistical benchmarks already attained by NBA luminaries like Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

“Let’s wait just a bit extra years to get in contrast with these guys,” Jokic mentioned. “I feel these guys are the legends. They’re by no means going to be forgotten within the NBA. Let’s wait just a little bit extra years.”

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