Nikola Jokic wins second monthly Hickok Belt® Award


ROCHESTER, NY – For the second time this year, Denver Nuggets' center Nikola Jokic has been named the Hickok Belt® Award winner for the month of June 2023. Voting was conducted by a select panel of members of the National Sports Media Association (NSMA).

Jokic performed brilliantly in the NBA playoffs leading the Nuggets to the 2023 Championship. He was the first player in the NBA to lead the playoffs in total points, rebounds, and assists. Jokic led his team to the NBA Finals with his fantastic playing and shooting. In Game 3 vs. the Miami Heat he finished with 30+ points, 20+ rebounds, 10+ assists in a NBA Finals game. He was dominant in beating the Heat in five games, capturing the franchise’s first NBA title. His playing performance has been nothing short of sensational and he was awarded the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. Jokic is also the first center to win Finals MVP since Shaquille O’Neal in 2002. The 28 year old, 6’11 basketball superstar, nicknamed “The Joker,” continues to move forward in his remarkable career.

Other finalists for the month of June in order of how the NSMA ranked them included: Brooks Koepka (golf), Josef Newgarden (auto racing), Aaron Judge (baseball), Sergei Bobrovsky (hockey), Nathan Eovaldi (baseball), Jonathan Marchessault(hockey), Carlos Alcaraz (tennis), Ryan Blaney (auto racing) and Anya Sabalenka (tennis).

Jokic’s selection as the Hickok Belt® Award winner for the month of June not only recognizes him as “the best of the best” in professional sports for the month, it also makes him the fourth candidate eligible to receive the 2023 overall award, joining Jon Rahm, Mikaela Shiffrin, Damian Lillard, and other finalists throughout the year based on NSMA voting.

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