Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic has a signature move called, the Sombor Shuffle. A lot of NBA commentators mistakenly call it Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged, fadeaway jump shot, but it is NOT! It’s called the Sombor Shuffle invented by Nuggets star Nikola Jokic by “accident”. The difference is Dirk Nowitzki jumps off the left leg and Nikola Jokic off the right leg.
Why is it called the Sombor Shuffle?
The Sombor Shuffle is half step-back, half fadeaway, one-legged jump shot. The Sombor Shuffle meaning is taken from his home town Sombor in Serbia where he grove up playing street basketball. Due to a left ankle injury, Jokic had to find other ways to get his shot off, he tried a one-legged jump off his right foot, surprisingly shots were pouring in and he thought I can use this sometimes. That is the history behind the Sombor Shuffle.
This shot is a lot more complicated than it looks but Jokic somehow manages it to look soo easy and smooth with a high-arching trajectory. Literally nearly unblockable shot according to Golden State Warriors Draymond Green. And Jokic can hit it even from beyond the three-point line. I think Jokic must be in the most unguardable player conversation, so far nobody can stop him.
Can’t wait for the NBA MVP 2021 announcement date on the 28th of June, when the NBA is gonna announce that Nikola Jokic is the NBA MVP 2021 award winner!
Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic wins the MVP award!!!
NBA League Commissioner Adam Silver told Jokic that he is the MVP, while he was sitting in the room during a team meeting and a conference call with representatives of the league players’ association.
Voting results for the 2020-21 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award
Jokić got 91 first-place votes, 8 second-place votes, 1 third-place vote, and collected 971 total points from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters and 1 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award fan vote, making a total of 101 ballots.
Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid 586 points, finished in second place, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry 453 points in third place, Milwaukee Bucks forward Antetokounmpo 348 points in fourth place, and Phoenix Suns guard Chris Paul 139 points in fifth place. BTW LeBron James received only 1 point.
Nikola Jokic Wins #KiaMVP Most Valuable Player! | 2020-21 NBA Season
The end of the 2020 – 2021 NBA season is scheduled for May 16 and the MVP race is still underway. The announcement for the NBA MVP normally takes one month after the end of the regular season or just before the conference finals.
When is NBA MVP announced 2021
2021 NBA MVP announcement date was on the 8th of June. Nuggets star Nikola Jokic wins the MVP award. The last center to win the MVP award was Shaquille O’Neal in 1999-2000
Who is most likely to win MVP NBA 2021?
NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the 2021 year judging by the media poll and betting sites is Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic aka Joker. Jokic is standing way above the rest of the other NBA stars like Joel Embiid, Giannis Antetokounmpo, StephenCurry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Luka Doncic, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Julius Randle, Kyrie Irving, James Harden, etc.
According to ESPN, these three players are top finalists for the MVP award.
Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry are the finalists for the 2021 NBA Most Valuable Player award.
Joker finished first in all important metrics. Offensive Win Shares, Player Efficiency Rating (PER), Box Plus-Minus, Value Over Replacement Player, and Win Shares. He also played in every NBA game and has more minutes than any other contender for the MVP trophy. Jokic is the third player in NBA history to finish a season ranked in the top five in total points (third), rebounds (fifth), and assists (third). I have to mention that Nikola was the number 41 pick in the second round of the 2014 draft selected by the Nuggets, he could be the lowest draft pick ever to win MVP.
Who is the MVP of the NBA 2021?
My pick for 2021 NBA MVP award is Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic. All I can say:
"Nikola Jokic is like water vapor. The driving force of the team, invisible and elusive"
Serbian native Nikola Jokic, who has not missed a single game this season, collected 90 of the 101 first-place votes cast in ESPN’s latest MVP straw poll. The Joker is almost averaging a triple-double. He has 60 double-doubles and 16 triple-doubles in the 2020-21 NBA regular season.
Nikola Jokic stats for NBA season 2020 – 2021: Points 26.4, Rebounds 10.8, Assist 8.3, Steals 1.3, Blocks 0.7, PER 31.36 – First in the league! Field Goal percentage 56.6, Three-point percentage 38.8, Free throw percentage 86.8. Just amazing stats!
Who won NBA MVP 2020
In the last season, Giannis Antetokuonmpo won the MVP getting 85 first-place votes and totaling 962 MVP points. LeBron James came in second with 15 first-place votes and 753 points.
The MVP top 5 list for year 2020:
Giannis Antetokuonmpo, Milwaukee Bucks: 962 pts
LeBron James, LA Lakers: 753 pts
James Harden, Houston Rockets: 367 pts
Luca Doncic, Dallas Mavericks: 200 pts
Kawhi Leonard, LA Clippers: 168 pts
NBA MVP HISTORY (LAST 25 YEARS – 1995-2020)
2020-21 – Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets
2019-20 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
2018-19 – Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks
2017-18 – James Harden, Houston Rockets
2016-17 – Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder
2015-16 – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2014-15 – Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors
2013-14 – Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
2012-13 – LeBron James, Miami Heat
2011-12 – LeBron James, Miami Heat
2010-11 – Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls
2009-10 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2008-09 – LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers
2007-08 – Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
2006-07 – Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
2005-06 – Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
2004-05 – Steve Nash, Phoenix Suns
2003-04 – Kevin Garnett, Minnesota Timberwolves
2002-03 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2001-02 – Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs
2000-01 – Allen Iverson, Philadelphia 76ers
1999-00 – Shaquille O’Neal, Los Aneles Lakers
1998-99 – Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
1997-98 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
1996-97 – Karl Malone, Utah Jazz
1995-96 – Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls
CAREER-HIGH 50 Points For Nikola Jokic
The Sixth Man trophy goes to …
Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson wins the 2021NBA Sixth Man of the Year award.
NBA Most Improved Player Award goes to …
New York Knicks power forward Julius Randle wins the 2021 NBA Most Improved Player award. Well deserved!
Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award goes to …
Damian Lillard wins 2020-2021 Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year award.
Defensive Player of the Year Award goes to …
Rudy Gobert wins the 2021Defensive Player of the Year Award for the third time.
Aleksej Pokusevski is a basketball player who plays for the NBA team Oklahoma City Thunder. Plays power forward position and stands 7 feet in height and weighing 190 pounds. Only 19 years of age with the huge potentials of becoming a future NBA All-Star player.
Born in Belgrade, Serbia, Pokuševski played for the Greek club, Olympiacos Piraeus in his early basketball years where he met his girlfriend Ioanna and they’ve been dating since.
Telling by her Instagram profile, Ioanna is a big believer, she is from Athens, Greece, she studies Political Science and enjoys traveling and beaches.
Pokushevski followed the draft with the family, and with him was his girlfriend, an attractive Greek woman, Ioanna Laou, who also posted a greeting on her Instagram profile.
Ioanna wrote: My man succeeded and was drafted from 17th place. I love you with all my heart, your dream has just begun.
Aleksej Pokusevski girlfriend pictures
See it for yourself the Greek beauty who is dating Pokusevski:
Aleksej Pokusevski Stats
Aleksej Pokusevski had the best night vs Charlotte Hornets since he joined NBA as a rookie this 20/21 season, He scored for OKC Thunder 25 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assist with the seven made three-pointers a career-high. And the last game of the season against the LA Clippers he shows all of his potential scoring season-high 29 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assist with the six made three-pointers.
Pokusevski Stats for the 2020- 2021 NBA rookie season
Why Pokusevski is gonna make NBA ALL-Stars team!
He’s like a quicker, more athletic Nikola Jokic and Dirk Nowitzki, but I think he will become more like Kevin Durant in the years to come. The thing that stands out the most to me surprisingly is his shiftiness with the dribble and understanding of how to attack what defenses give him. Poku is gonna be a problem for any big players trying to guard him. The one-footed jumpers off the dribble that is just amazing, nice court vision too. Obviously, he’s tall and can shoot but he actually plays more like a guard. He really can pass the ball reminds me of his countryman Nikola Jokic. His three-point shot is getting better each day. Poku when you watch his game he plays so casually meanwhile destroying everyone while being so casual. The kid just turned 19 years!
Aleksej Pokusevski potentials are unlimited. Poku is just an all-around basketball player who happens to be 7 feet tall.
If he gets his weight up and becomes more skilled in the post he will be extremely hard to guard.
Thumbs up for OKC organization for allowing him to come to the NBA league right away and gain the necessary NBA experience instead of holding off for a year. The experience he’s getting now will put him ahead of the curb so he’ll come back much better next year than expected.
Me on Pokusevski:
"Poku plays so casually, like playing street basketball, meanwhile destroying everyone while being so casual."
Poku Career Highlights And Awards
2017 Jordan Brand Classic
He played for Serbian national team in 2018 FIBA Under-17 World Cup, in Argentina. and in 2019 FIBA Under-18 European Championship, in Volos, Greece.
Is Pokusevski NBA unicorn? Well time will tell, meanwhile i’m rooting for him.
Aleksej Pokusevski 25 pts 7 threes 4 asts vs Hornets 20/21 season
Aleksej Pokusevski – The Unicorn For The Oklahoma City Thunder
The NBA All-Star Game 2018 was held last night. The game was played on February 18, 2018. It was held at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers.
Finally, it was an All-Star game worth watching,.NBA players showed some effort and they played a defense. I enjoyed every minute of it.
Unfortunately, one team had to win this thriller game and this time was team LeBron with a 148-145 victory over Team Stephen on Sunday night showdown. LeBron James won the MVP trophy, finishing only two assists shy of a triple-double (29 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists).
On the final possession, Stephen Curry tries to find an opening for a 3-pointer, but Lebron and Durant double teaming Curry… about the only way you could stop him. The Final score: Team LeBron 148, Team Stephen 145.
I loved this game even tho team Steph lost but it was still more competitive than all the other all star games hopefully Steph gets picked captain next year again and he could win next time.
2018 NBA All-Star teams
Team LeBron roster
DeMarcus Cousins, Pelicans (injured)
Anthony Davis, Pelicans
Kevin Durant, Warriors
Kyrie Irving, Celtics
LeBron James, Cavaliers
LaMarcus Aldridge, Spurs
Bradley Beal, Wizards
Goran Dragic, Heat (replacing Love)
Andre Drummond, Pistons (replacing Wall)
Paul George, Thunder (replacing Cousins)
Kevin Love, Cavaliers (injured)
Victor Oladipo, Pacers
Kristaps Porzingis, Knicks (injured)
John Wall, Wizards (injured)
Russell Westbrook, Thunder
Kemba Walker, Hornets (rep. Porzingis)
Dwane Casey, Raptors
Team Stephen roster
Giannis Antetokounmpo, Bucks
Stephen Curry, Warriors
DeMar Derozan, Raptors
Joel Embiid, 76ers
James Harden, Rockets
Jimmy Butler, Timberwolves
Draymond Green, Warriors
Al Horford, Celtics
Damian Lillard, Trail Blazers
Kyle Lowry, Raptors
Klay Thompson, Warriors
Karl-Anthony Towns, T-wolves
Mike D’Antoni, Rockets
Team LeBron vs Team Stephen – Full Game Highlights | February 18, 2018 | NBA All-Star Game 2018
Fergie Performs The U.S. National Anthem / 2018 NBA All-Star Game
During Fergie’s the worst National Anthem performance ever, I was doing alright, but when Draymond laughed, I lost it. And then when Fergie said: “Let’s play some basketball!”, I was like thank God. LOL
Super Bowl XLIX probably wouldn’t have been an all-time classic if the New England Patriots’ defense had followed Bill Belichick’s favorite motto. The Patriots’ defense didn’t “do its job” to end the half, allowing the Seattle Seahawks to drive down the field in just 30 seconds to score and tie the game at 14-14. Find out how both teams got to that point in our first half film review:
QUARTERBAC: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
The Patriots showed their hand right away by targeting tight end Rob Gronkowski, wide receiver Danny Amendola and running back Shane Vereen on short passes to begin the game. The dink-and-dunk offense was in full effect, and Brady was highly efficient, going 20 of 27 for 177 yards with two touchdowns and an interception in the first half. Brady’s best pass of the first half was a deep strike to Gronkowski over linebacker K.J. Wright. Brady saw the 246-pound Wright lined up out wide on Gronkowski in man coverage, and trusted his tight end to shake the linebacker off the snap. Brady was criticized after the game for only throwing short passes, but unless he trusted his matchup, it didn’t make sense to go deep. This is one of the rare instances in which he was willing to take a shot. Gronkowski briefly froze Wright with his move, but it wouldn’t have been a touchdown unless Brady put perfect touch on the ball. Gronk was able to snag it out of the air over Wright: Brady’s worst pass, obviously, was his interception to cornerback Jeremy Lane. It’s really unclear who Brady was even trying to hit on the pass, but he was getting pressured and made the terrible decision to get rid of the ball in the middle of the field rather than throwing it out of the end zone or taking a sack. Defensive end Michael Bennett looped around on a stunt to hurry Brady, who wildly fired into the end zone. Only Julian Edelman, deep in the end zone, and Amendola, to the left, were in the area:
RUNNING BACKS: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
Blount had a hard time finding any room to run on the Seahawks’ stout front four. Many observers thought the Patriots would be able to run on the Seahawks, but the Patriots had other plans, using short, finesse passes to replace runs. Blount ran for just 37 yards on 10 carries in the first half. Vereen immediately was a big contributor in the passing game. He picked up 16 yards late in the second quarter, leading to the Patriots’ second score. The Patriots used Gronkowski to open up the third-down running back. Gronkowski cleared out strong safety Kam Chancellor on a drag, and Vereen got a step on linebacker Bobby Wagner. Brady hit Gronk for a score two plays later:
WIDE RECEIVER:Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
Cornerback Richard Sherman only allowed one catch, and it came on the second play of the game — a 6-yard completion to Danny Amendola. Once Lane went down with a broken arm, Brady targeted cornerback Tharold Simon heavily. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell beat Simon for the Patriots’ first score. Brady briefly froze Simon and free safety Earl Thomas with the play fake, then has to fit his throw to LaFell into a small window: Edelman caught three passes for 41 yards in the first half. Check out a full recap of his Super Bowl performance here.
TIGHT ENDS: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
The Seahawks covered Gronkowski with Wright and Chancellor both for most of the first half. Gronkowski split out to the right on two plays and was covered by Sherman. Chancellor did a great job on Gronk in the first half, blanking him, while Wright allowed two catches for 26 yards, including the touchdown.
OFFENSIVE LIN: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
The Patriots’ offensive line wasn’t asked to block for very long, since Brady mostly was dealing out short passes. They still gave up 10 pressures in the first half: LT Nate Solder: two hurries LG Dan Connolly: one quarterback hit, one hurry C Stork: one hurry RG Ryan Wendell: two hurries RT Sebastian Vollmer: three hurries The offensive line had trouble opening up holes for Blount and Vereen in the running game.
DEFENSIVE LIN:Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
The defensive line’s focus was on keeping Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson in the pocket, though it did record two sacks in the first half. Chandler Jones beat guard James Carpenter, and cornerback Darrelle Revis sacked Wilson in the open field before the quarterback could take off on a scramble. The defensive line helped hold running back Marshawn Lynch to 45 yards on 12 carries and a touchdown in the first half. The biggest run the unit allowed was a 19-yarder to backup running back Robert Turbin with 30 seconds left in the half. If the Seahawks hadn’t picked up that first down and long gain, then they might have decided to kneel on the ball to end the half, allowing the Patriots to go into halftime with a seven-point lead. Defensive tackle Chris Jones was shoved out of his gap by Carpenter and linebacker Jamie Collins was held up by center Max Unger. Safety Devin McCourty had to play the last line of defense:
LINEBACKERS:Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
Collins allowed another costly play right after Turbin’s long run, when he wasn’t able to stop Wilson in the backfield. Wilson took off for 17 yards. It was the only time Wilson kept the ball on a read option. Defensive end Chandler Jones fully committed to Turbin, and Collins whiffed on Wilson: Dont’a Hightower reportedly will have surgery to repair a torn labrum over the offseason. He played exceptionally well given the injury, doing a solid job filling rushing lanes.
CORNERBACK: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
The Patriots allowed just four completions on seven targets to Wilson in the first half, but those receptions went for 6, 44, 23 and 11 yards. The Patriots’ secondary absolutely blanketed the Seahawks’ receivers in the first quarter (see stills below), but Seattle was able to find some space later in the half: The Seahawks’ first reception went for 6 yards to receiver Jermaine Kearse, who successfully got open on cornerback Brandon Browner on a comeback route. Cornerback Kyle Arrington mistimed his jump on a deep pass from Wilson to receiver Chris Matthews, who hadn’t caught a ball all season. Arrington misjudged a route by receiver Ricardo Lockette later in the second quarter, allowing a 23-yard catch. He also grabbed Lockette’s facemask, adding another 10 yards to the play. Cornerback Logan Ryan, after perfectly playing a deep target to Kearse in the first quarter, allowed an 11-yard touchdown to Matthews. It’s unclear if the coverage or Ryan was to blame, but he gave the tall receiver a large cushion. Ryan must not have expected the Seahawks to run a fade route, since he cheats back into the end zone. The game was tied going into the half after this play:
SAFETIE: Super Bowl XLIX: Seahawks vs Patriots
Safeties Devin McCourty and Patrick Chung held tight end Luke Willson catchless. Wilson read the Patriots’ coverage well and was able to look off McCourty on his deep throws.
Super Bowl XLIX: Patriots vs. Seahawks highlights Video