NBA 2020-21: Nikola Jokic makes strong MVP case after breaking triple-double record for Denver Nuggets

LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA - AUGUST 25: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets handles the ball against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter in Game Five of the Western Conference First Round during the 2020 NBA Playoffs at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 25, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

NBA 2020-21: Through four games, the Denver Nuggets are 1-3 but their All-Star center Nikola Jokic is off to an MVP-level start averaging 24.5 points, 13.5 assists, and 11.8 rebounds on 62.5% shooting from the field.

That’s three triple-doubles in the first four games of the 2020-21 season for Nikola Jokic.

With his most recent one in Sacramento where he finished with 26 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds – the 44th triple-double of his career – the Serbian center passed Fat Lever for the most in Denver Nuggets franchise history and 9th on the league’s all-time leaderboard.

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Through four games, he’s averaging stellar numbers of 24.5 points, 13.5 assists, and 11.8 rebounds. In fact, he’s just been one rebound shy of recording a triple-double in all of the four games.

However, despite his spectacular start, Denver – last year’s Conference Finalists – are only 1-3 in their first four games.

“We are not focused,” Jokic said after the road loss in Sacramento. The Nuggets’ lone win of the season came against a shorthanded Houston Rockets squad where Jokic dished out a career-high 18 assists.