Why Paul Millsap sees some Tom Brady in Nuggets star Nikola Jokic


Nikola Jokic doesn't exactly look like a pro quarterback (unless his name is Jared Lorenzen?). But according to his teammate, the Denver Nuggets big man passes like the greatest signal-caller of all time.

Following the Nuggets' win over the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 1 of their second-round NBA playoff series, Denver forward Paul Millsap name-dropped Tom Brady while describing Jokic's passing prowess.

"He's like a quarterback out there," Millsap told reporters, via ESPN.com. "I consider him like a Tom Brady. He's always going to pick you apart and make the right reads. Commend him for doing that at this stage in his career. It's unbelievable."

Jokic is a brilliant passer for a 7-foot, 250-pound center; he finished in the top 10 in assists this season at 7.3 helpers per game and is averaging 8.8 assists per game in the postseason.

The All-Star center does act as the Nuggets' "quarterback," too, often taking the ball at the top of the key and firing passes to open teammates when defenses collapse on him.

Considering the team's location, Denver fans probably would have preferred Millsap compared Jokic to John Elway or Peyton Manning instead of Brady, who's had some heated battles with the Broncos over the years.

But Jokic apparently shares the six-time Super Bowl champion's confidence.

"I think I can read everything," Jokic said. "So, I just need to know what they're going to do. I think San Antonio was playing one way, Portland is playing one way, it's completely different games. But I think I am capable of reading those defenses."

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