Kia NBA Players of the Month: Nikola Jokic and Jalen Brunson

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Jokic has won the Western Conference for the last two months, and Brunson received the nod after guiding the Knicks to a 9-2 record in February.

Nikola Jokic, the center for the Denver Nuggets, and Jalen Brunson, the point guard for the New York Knicks, have been named the Kia NBA Western Conference Players of the Month and the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Players of the Month, respectively, for games played in February. Both teams are currently atop their respective conferences in the NBA.

Jokic is the first player in Nuggets history to earn the award in consecutive months, and this is the sixth player of the Month accolade of his career, which is the most in team history. Jokic also becomes the first player to win the award in back-to-back months.

For February, the two-time defending winner of the Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award averaged 22.6 points, 14.2 rebounds, and 10.2 assists while shooting.642 from the field and.500 from beyond the arc. He played in 11 games throughout the month. In games in which he participated, the Nuggets had a 9-2, and they are now leading the Western Conference with a record of 44-19. He was a big part of the Nuggets’ success.

Jokic, who is 28 years old, tallied eight triple-doubles in February, including one in each of his most recent five games, bringing his total for the season to a league-leading 24. The only other center in the history of the NBA to record eight or more triple-doubles in a single month is Wilt Chamberlain, which he now joins as a club he has entered. When he achieves a triple-double this season, the Nuggets have a perfect record of 24-0 thus far.

Brunson concluded the month with 27.3 points, 6.0 assists, and a shooting percentage of 42.6% from outside the arc and 52.9% overall. His club is now riding a seven-game winning streak. The Knicks finished with a 9-2, including victories against the Celtics, Jazz, and Nets during their winning streak that ended the season.