Grading The Stars: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets – There’s just something about the stars. They’re mesmerizing. Whether it’s the stars in sports, entertainment or in the sky, they captivate us with their dazzling ways and continue to shine ever so brightly for all of us to see.
In the Grading The Stars series, we’ll feature the stars of the past, present and future and grade them based on their prestige, performance and promise. Plus, we’ll highlight three cool cards of a star to collect under a certain dollar figure.
There are five grading levels of the stars: 10 = Icon (Blue Diamond), 9.5 = Legend (Platinum), 9 = Superstar (Gold), 8.5 = Star (Silver) and 8 = Rising Star (Bronze).
The Joker: A second round pick of the Nuggets in the 2014 NBA Draft, Nikola Jokić, who grew up in Serbia and played for Mega Basket, made his NBA debut a year later in 2015. It wouldn’t take long for The Joker to make an impact.
Best Big in the NBA?: While Joel Embiid is also in the conversation as the best big in the NBA, it’s hard to deny Jokić, who won the NBA MVP the past two seasons. Jokić isn’t as athletic as Embiid, but he’s just as imposing and more consistent and durable.
Future Outlook: The 27-year old Jokić is in the early stages of building a legendary resume. He’s not your typical big, which basketball collectors generally shy away from, because a triple-double is possible every game. He’s a fun one to collect.
Grade: 9 = Superstar (Gold)
Grading The Stars: Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets – 3 Cool Cards To Collect
2021-22 Panini Impeccable Stainless Stars Asia Red #10 – A raw version of this card currently sells in the $15 – $20 range on eBay.