Nikola Jokic threw an incredible bounce pass that perfectly threaded a needle past a defender

Nikola Jokic’s one-handed pass bounced right through the Timberwolves. via NBA/Twitter
  • Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic threw a brilliant one-handed pass to a teammate that led to a dunk.
  • Jokic’s pass travelled more than half the court, bounced right into his teammates’ hand in stride, and also swerved to avoid a defender’s hand.
  • Replays and alternate angles show the beauty of the pass.
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Denver Nuggets centre Nikola Jokic on Tuesday submitted an early nomination for NBA assist of the season.

In the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Jokic corralled a defensive rebound, took the ball up the court, then threw a one-handed bounce pass to a steaking JaMychal Green for a dunk.

Not only did Jokic’s pass travel more than half the court before bouncing right into Green’s hands, it also brilliantly swerved around a Wolves’ player’s hand.

Here’s the pass:

It needs multiple angles to be appreciated.

Jokic finished the game with 35 points, 15 rebounds, and 6 assists as the Nuggets won the game, 123-116.