Nikola Jokic has been one of the best bargains in the NBA through his first three seasons. The former 41st overall pick came out of nowhere in 2016-17 as the focal point of one of the league’s most efficient offenses. This year, Jokic made a strong case for a spot on an All-NBA team by averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists.

In the coming months, the Nuggets will have to decide if they want to allow Jokic to play out the final year of his rookie deal for $1.6 million or decline the team option and back up the Brinks truck to keep their budding star in Denver for years to come. On Friday, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Denver’s plan is to lock up Jokic to a long-term deal this summer.

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: Covering the Missouri football team’s boycott in 2015. It led to University of Missouri system president Tim Wolfe’s resignation and had so many other ripple effects. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.