2-time MVP Nikola Jokic reveals 3 former San Antonio Spurs players he models his game after

Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a dagger three by Gary Payton II (0) of the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of Golden State"u2019s 102-98 win at Chase Center on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. 

Nikola Jokic (15) of the Denver Nuggets reacts to a dagger three by Gary Payton II (0) of the Golden State Warriors during the fourth quarter of Golden State"u2019s 102-98 win at Chase Center on Wednesday, April 27, 2022. 

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Denver Nuggets superstar Nikola Jokic recently revealed which former San Antonio Spurs players he modeled his game after during an interview with TNT's Inside the NBA on Wednesday, May 11. Jokic won his second-straight NBA MVP award on Monday, May 9. He averaged 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds, and 7.9 assists with a career-high 58.3 shooting percentage while leading the Nuggets to a 48-34 record and the sixth seed in the playoffs, according to Sports Illustrated

In the interview with TNT's Ernie Johnson, Jokic said he looked up to Spurs legend Tim Duncan when he first came into the NBA. He said, "Of course Tim Duncan. I think he's a great player and someone you can look up to."

Jokic added he was always looking for the players who aren't that flashy, naming former Spurs players LaMarcus Aldridge and Boris Diaw, as well as Dirk Nowitzki.

Watch the interview below:

Duncan retired in 2016 after 19 seasons with the Spurs. The Hall of Famer was an integral part of all five of the team's championship seasons, winning five NBA championships in six finals appearances, and was also a two-time NBA MVP. Jokic joined Duncan as one of 13 players in league history to win consecutive MVP awards.

Aldridge, a Dallas native, spent nine seasons with the Portland Trail Blazers before he signed with the Spurs in 2015. In March 2021, he signed with the Brooklyn Nets after the Spurs bought out his contract. The seven-time All-Star forward retired in April 2021 due to heart concerns, citing in his retirement announcement that he played in his final game while dealing with an "irregular heartbeat." 

Diaw, who was a key member of the Spurs' 2014 championship team, retired in 2018 after playing 18 seasons with six different teams. It wasn't until the Spurs signed Diaw in March 2012 that he found a consistent home as a professional. The France native appeared in 331 games over five seasons and won an NBA championship during the 2013-14 season with the franchise, according to NBA.com.