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JJ Redick Calls Out NBA Fans That Discredit Nuggets 2023 Championship

Nikola Jokić, pictured with daughter, Ognjena, celebrates holding the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award. AAron Ontiveroz/Denver Post/Getty Images

JJ Redick isn’t happy with the fans who think the Denver Nuggets‘ playoff run in 2023 was a fluke. He argues that Nikola Jokic and the entirety of the team deserve recognition despite whatever counterpoint someone gives.

JJ Redick Explains Why It Wasn’t A Fluke

The retired Orlando Magic point guard airs out his issues with people who discredit the 2023 playoff run of the Nuggets.

He even goes further to claim that the run is an eligible candidate as an all-time great. One can even surmise that Redick already thinks it’s a fact that it’s a legendary run while talking on his on his podcast, The Old Man and the Three.

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Furthermore, he highlights Jokic’s achievements and claims that this only helps the team’s argument as an all-time run.

“Not willing to put it up as an all-time great run is just the most asinine statement. Regardless of whatever you follow it up with, it’s the most asinine statement because Jokic was the first to do this, the first to do this, the secondmost ever.”

JJ Redick

Meanwhile, he refutes the idea that it’s not a great run since Jokic didn’t face the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Joel Embiid. His idea is that these teams weren’t good enough to get to where Jokic was.

“Those teams weren’t good enough, two of them lost to the Heat. And one of them couldn’t get past the Celtics and couldn’t close them out. The teams weren’t good enough—how is that a knock on Jokic?”

JJ Redick

He claims that the six-time All-Star went against players with 22 All-Defensive awards and 85 All-Star appearances to drive his idea further.

“They went against players that had combined for 22 all-defensive awards, 85 combined all-star appearances in the four rounds—the most all time.”

JJ Redick

Lastly, he talks about how the whole first-seed versus eight-seed conversation is stupid. After all, the teams can’t control it as it’s the NBA‘s ruling.

Additionally, they beat out the fan-favorite team to get to the Finals, the Los Angeles Lakers. Even more, they swept them.

“The Denver Nuggets, they beat the eighth seed, they beat the fourth seed, they beat the seventh seed—okay. Number one seed plays the eighth seed every year, so there’s nothing they can do about that. If they win that round, they’re either gonna play the four or the five seed. In that case, they play the higher seed. Everybody was picking the Lakers to win the West, everybody was picking Denver to lose that series against the Lakers. They had the second best record in the league when they made those trades. Of course, the Heat, there’s a little bit of an anomaly there, but let’s not act like the Heat haven’t made the three Conference Finals in four years.”

JJ Redick

Fans Ask For Who Redick Is Rebutting

People give out Jokic slander once in a while but they rarely center it on his 2023 playoff run. Multiple users point out that Redick is fighting an argument that never was there to begin with.

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This rings true to some level, as many in the league point out how great of a player Jokic is. Many even pick him over last year’s MVP, Embiid.

Do you think the 2023 Nuggets championship was a fluke?