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Monday, June 19, 2023

Sportsman of the Week Ending 6/18/2023


The most dynamic and talented player in the NBA stepped up when it counted and delivered his franchise its first championship in League History.  After 37 straight failed playoff appearances, only reaching the Finals once and that was in the American Basketball Association era, the Denver Nuggets finished the job and proved they were the best team.  Led by two-time MVP (but not this season) Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets eased through the playoffs dropping just four games total and only saw a series tied once.  Jokic took no prisoners in all aspects, including the decisive Game 5 of the Finals 94-89 victory against the Miami Heat.  Jokic scored 28 points in the victory, including 75% from the field (and a three pointer).  He added 16 rebounds and 4 assists, no matter where he was or what role, he could not be stopped.  For the finals he: 1) Averaged over 30 points per game, 2) had two triple doubles, 3) had the first ever 30-20-10 (points/boards/assists).  The best player led the best team to a title, and Nikola Jokic is the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week! 

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