Nikola Jokic signs with the Oklahoma City Thunder for $ 1300000 and 3 years.
+ Skilled Serbian post player who has been a valuable international contributor by age 20
+ Has range to the NBA 3-point line and demonstrates excellent court vision for a big man
+ Unathletic and may struggle to keep up with NBA athletes, particularly at power forward
After taking Nurkic in the first round of the 2014 draft, the Nuggets grabbed another top international prospect by taking Jokic 41st overall. At the time of the draft, Jokic was just 19 but had already averaged double figures in the Adriatic League. After another strong season where he averaged 15.4 points and 9.3 rebounds in Adriatic play, Jokic came to Denver on a four-year, $5.6 million deal that has the potential to be a steal.
For a 6-foot-10 post player, Jokic is incredibly skilled. He showed the ability to shoot the NBA 3-pointer during the Las Vegas Summer League, going 2-of-7 from beyond the arc. And while it may be a few years before Jokic is a consistent 3-point threat, he's already dangerous in the high post because of his ability to find teammates as a passer. (Turnovers may be an issue there.) Jokic can also finish around the basket when he does play inside.
The key to Jokic's development will be his ability to find a defensive position. He plays below the rim and projects as a below-average shot-blocker for a center based on his translated European stats. At power forward, Jokic will be challenged by the athleticism of NBA opposition. The question of whether he has a defensive position was a major reason why Jokic slipped to the second round, and it may limit his contributions as a rookie.