De'Aaron Fox sends strong message on Nikola Jokic after beating Denver Nuggets

Denver Nuggets v Sacramento Kings
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Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic posted a monster triple-double on Saturday night, but it wasn't enough to get the win against the Sacramento Kings.

Following Denver's tough loss in Sacramento, Kings star De'Aaron Fox had some praise for the superstar big man, when asked about what goes into slowing down the Nuggets.

"Yeah I mean Jokic is a back-to-back MVP for a reason," Fox said via NBC Sports California. "He won a championship and Finals MVP for a reason. You're never going to stop him with just one guy -- even with the whole team you might not even stop him. Most people want to try and make him a scorer but he still finds ways to get guys involved. He passes to open guys. You just want to make sure that other guys don't really get it going, because when they do it's pretty much 'pick your poison' with that team. So you just want to try and limit most of his playmaking because he's so big -- he scores on all three levels, you're not going to block his shot, so there's not many things you can do when he goes into attack mode and tries to score."

Denver Nuggets star Nikola Jokic leads the NBA in three major categories

Fox's praise is completely valid. Jokic has shown, for years now, that he's one of the best -- if not the best -- players in the NBA.

He finished Saturday's matchup in Sacramento with a monster triple-double. He posted 36 points, 14 rebounds, and 14 assists against the Kings.

Games like this are no fluke. In fact, Jokic leads the NBA in total points, total rebounds, and total assists as of Dec. 4, 2023.

With averages of 29.0 points, 12.8 rebounds, and 9.8 assists per game, The Joker is putting together another MVP-level campaign.