Nikola Jokić's brother: Strahinja Jokić's life and facts

Nikola Jokić's brother: Strahinja Jokić's life and facts

Samuel Lisubila
September 20, 2022 at 11:00 AM

Strahinja Jokić is a celebrity brother of the famous NBA Centre for the Denver Nuggets, Nikola Jokić. He is the eldest in a family of three, the third being their second-born brother Nemanja Jokić. He is 7 feet tall and a former basketball player at Division 1 level. Here are some shocking facts about Strahinja Jokić.

Strahinja Jokic
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets accepts congratulations from his brothers after being awarded the 2021 NBA MVP award at Ball Arena on 11 June 2021 in Denver, Colorado. Photo: Dustin Bradford
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Born and raised in Serbia, the Jokić family have been in the limelight since the 2014 NBA Draft when the Denver Nuggets selected Nikola Jokić as the 41st pick in the second round. Since then, the NBA star has received support from his brothers by attending his games, joining in his fights and, more importantly, helping him become a two-time league MVP.

Profile summary

Full name

Nikola Jokić





Date of birth

19 February 1995


28 as of 2023

Place of birth

Sombor, Serbia, FR Yugoslavia


Professional Basketball Player


National Basketball Association (NBA)

Current residence

Denver, U.S

Years active

2012 - 2023 (Present)





Height in feet

6 ft 11 inches

Height in centimetres


Weight in kilograms


Weight in pounds


Eye colour


Hair colour

Dark brown


Branislav Jokić (Father)


Strahinja and Nemanja Jokić

Marital status

Natalija Macesic


Ognjena Jokić (Daughter)

Net worth

$30 million


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How many Jokić brothers are there?

Born on 19 February 1995 in Sombor, Serbia, Jokić lived in a two-bedroom apartment with his two brothers, parents and grandmother. During his childhood, he developed a love for basketball, playing with his brothers, who were a decade older. Strahinja, the most senior, played basketball in Europe, while Nemanja, the second born, played at the college level at the University of Detroit Mercy.

Nikola Jokić

Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets dribbles against the Phoenix Suns in Game Three of the Western Conference second-round playoff series at Ball Arena on 11 June 2021 in Denver. Photo: Dustin Bradford
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Jokić's professional career started at the youth level when he played for Vojvodina Srbijagas. He was a good player, attracting bigger teams which led him to join the Mega Vizura in the Summer of 2012. He was elevated from the junior team to the senior team in the Serbian League, where he averaged 18.4 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game before he left the team to pursue an NBA career.

On 26 June 2014, he was selected by the Denver Nuggets with the 41st overall pick in the 2014 draft. His debut came a season later after being drafted, where he also signed a contract after averaging 8.0 points and 6.2 rebounds after five Summer League games for the team.

Jokić's breakout season came in the 2018 - 2019 season when he signed a five-year $148 million maximum contract extension with the Nuggets. In the second game of the season, he recorded 35 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists in a 119-91 win over the Phoenix Suns.

He joined Wilt Chamberlain as the only player in history to record a triple-double with 30 or more points without missing a field goal. He also became the second Nugget to record a triple-double in the season's first two games.

Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic of Serbia reacts during the basketball-friendly match between Slovenia and Serbia in Arena Stozice on 17 August 2022 in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photo: Jurij Kodrun
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During the same period, he was named Western Conference Player of the Week, becoming the sixth player in franchise history to win the award more than three times. He was also named Serbian Player of the year by the Basketball Federation of Serbia. Following his performance during the season, he was named to the All-NBA First Team, earning selection to his first All-NBA Team.

The Serbian International performed incredibly in the 2019-2020 season, earning his second consecutive All-star honours. This made him the second Nugget to have back-to-back honours since Anthony in 2011.

During the same season, he joined Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to post 20-rebound triple-doubles in the postseason. Unfortunately, the Nuggets went ahead to be eliminated in the Western Conference Finals by the eventual NBA Champions, Los Angeles Lakers.

Jokić performed amazingly well the following season and was handed the MVP trophy, becoming the second Centre to win the award after Shaquille O'neal in 2000 and the first player in Denver Nuggets franchise history. In the 2021-2022 season, he finished the regular season averaging 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists.

In addition, he was honoured as the league MVP for the second year this season. He became the thirteenth player to win the award in a row and the second European to win the award more than once, after Giannis Antetokounmpo.

Is Jokić still with the Denver Nuggets?

On 1 July 2022, Jokić agreed to a five-year $264 million supermax contract extension with the Nuggets, making it the richest deal in the history of the NBA.

How old is Strahinja Jokić?

Born in 1982 in Sombor, Strahinja is 40 years old as of 2023. He is 7 feet tall, as tall as his brother Nikola.

Strahinja Jokić's wife

Strahinja is not married. However, his little brother Nikola is married to his long-time girlfriend, Natalija Macesic.

Nemanja Jokić

Nemanja Jokić is the middle child in the family. Growing up with his brothers as basketball lovers, he played basketball at the college level. Then, however, his liking shifted, becoming a professional MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter.

Is Nikola Jokić afraid of his elder brother Strahinja?

A 7-foot giant with an abled, muscular body is not someone you want to mess with. In an interview in 2017, Nikola Jokić said that he does not fear anyone except his brother Strahinja.

Why was Strahinja Jokić arrested?

In 2019, Strahinja was arrested in Denver for alleged physical assault. Sources state that Strahinja was with a lady drinking in an apartment in Denver when he asked her about her dating experience.

She told him about someone she had dated before, which made Strahinja furious. He started criticizing her, and when she tried to escape, he pushed her and choked her when she started crying for help.

The lady tried to call 911, but the suspect took her phone away. She, however, managed to use a computer from one of the rooms to message someone she knew, so they called for help. According to Denver police, he faced three charges: Second-degree assault, False Imprisonment and obstruction of telephone service.

Did Nikola Jokić's brothers fight in the NBA?

Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Devin Booker 1 of the Phoenix Suns exchange words in Game Four of the Western Conference playoff series at Ball Arena on 13 June 2021. Photo: Dustin Bradford
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During a match against the Phoenix Suns, Joker got into a commotion with Devin Booker of the Suns. But, before anything, the officials had to stop Jokić's brothers, Strahinja and Nemanja, from getting into the court and turning it into a fight.

Did Strahinja play basketball?

In the early stages of his life, he showed a love for basketball and went ahead to play in Europe. He, however, never extended his talent to the professional level.

The Jokić family is one popularly known celebrity family, thanks to Nikola Jokić. Their love is shown as they still live together and frequently come to watch Joker playing. All credit goes to Strahinja Jokić for being a good teacher and coach to his brother and making him the star he is today.

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