Nikola Jokic just became a lean, mean bucket-getting machine

NBA Denver Nuggets Basketball

Nuggets center Nikola Jokic

has defied logic since his breakout 2016-17 season as a thickly built player able to operate nimbly in the post.

Even so, fans have long questioned whether Jokic could become even better if he improved his conditioning. There have after all been occasions in which he's been gassed at times the Nuggets needed his full production. Playing at high-altitude in Denver does him no favors.

Now we'll get to see how Jokic fares as a far thinner version of himself. It appears he's lost a crazy amount of weight during the coronavirus pandemic, which has put a halt on the 2019-20 season.

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The Nuggets hold the third-best record in the Western Conference and are a sneaky pick to score an upset of the heavily favored Lakers or Clippers. If someone were to beat an LA power, Denver has as good of a chance as anyone.

Even though he was inconsistent before the season was postponed, Jokic remained a force, averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.

Denver could reap the rewards of a slim Jokic when the campaign resumes in the coming months.