I feel like I haven’t talked Nuggets basketball in forever, well, sports talk in general so this is nice.
I think Denver got lucky with the season being paused or cancelled. Denver was not looking good at all following the trade deadline. All season, the team was inconsistent with stretches of really good and sloppy play. We never had that killer instinct this year like we did last year.
As far as players, I liked the growth I saw from Murray but I cannot help but think this dude will never fully unlock his potential, he just can’t shoot a high pct from behind the arc and cannot stay healthy. I’m actually fine parting away with him for a better, proven player like Beal as mentioned.
Harris, was one of my favs but how quickly he’s fallen to a shy away from contact player. He’s a dog on defense but taller guards/forwards still eat against him. His 3pt shot and finish at the rim has been night and day different from two years ago. I’d be fine parting ways with him as well.
Barton was excellent this season, like his contract year, he did all the little things to carry the team when Jokic couldn’t. Always been a fan and hope we keep him.
Sap is just awesome. He’s definitely older but still savvy when on the court. His defense and offense at times looked meh but that 3pt was money this season. I hope we retain so he can be that bench player or spot starter.
Jokic is an mvp caliber player and certainly played like it for majority of the season. Still has motivation and emotional issues when playing but the dude is the engine of this team. Also super clutch.
Bench: Morris was hit and miss this season but when he was on, it looked like last years bench which was electric. MPJ is simply a keeper, hope he continues to learn and grow because he can have no limitations to his game. I want to see improved ball handling, better positioning and better on ball defending. Grant was amazing in the starting lineup but clearly was hindered playing on a wildly inconsistent bench. I hope we sign him to start PF for us. Plumdog is reliable and would be fine signing him for the cheeeappp. Others, unknown or I just don’t care. Miss Beasley and Juancho, that’s for sure.
I think Denver should try to trade assets to get another star. Include murray and or Harris if need be. Too bad we couldn’t include Beasley and Juancho in a mega deal.