Falling to the Blazers in the Western Conference Semifinals was heartbreaking for the Nuggets, but it showed great signs of what's to come out of Denver. The Nuggets look great in terms of their starting five. Jamal Murray will line up at point again coming off a great 2018/19. Gary Harris is at shooting guard while Will Barton lines up at SF. It'll be Paul Millsap at PF as the revered 24-year-old Nikola Jokic will step continue starting at center. It's a nice lineup, but with how competitive the West got in the offseason I don't foresee the Nuggets getting very far in the postseason this year.
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|Shooting Guard SG|
|Small Forward SF|
|Power Forward PF|
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|Shooting Guard SG|
|Small Forward SF||
|Power Forward PF||
Murray had a strong 2018/29 putting up 18.2 points per game with 4.2 rebounds and 4.8 assists. He had a PER of 16.11. He proved he could perform in the post-season by averaging 21.3 points per game.
Harris had a 42.4% field goal percentage on the year which was raised to 46.2% in the postseason. He didn't really have any numbers that jump off the page on the year, but he wasn't a liability and held his own on the floor, which was good enough for the Nuggets to be successful.
Barton contributing 4.6 rebounds per game was probably his biggest asset to the Nuggets in 2018/19. He was able to show great physical play despite being just 6'6". He averaged 11.5 points per game which was his second lowest in his 5 years with the Nuggets.
Millsap was 99th in the league in terms of PER last year with a PER of 17.95. He averaged 12.6 points per game while also putting up an impressive 7.2 rebounds per game. He continues to show great ability to clean up the boards on both offense and defense.
My personal favorite player to watch on the Nuggets, Nikola Jokic, had a solid 2018/19. He averaged a career-high 20.1 points per game while putting up a FG% of 51.1. His solid defensive possessions also helped out immensely.
Monte Morris currently backs Jamal Murray at PG. He averaged 10.4 points per game in 2018 while also putting up 3.6 assists per game. He's a very solid backup PG. He had a nice FG% on the year at 49.3, but it fell with the pressure of the postseason to just 38.4.
Beasley is currently slotted currently to back Gary Harris at shooting guard. He showed great improvements from his first two season with the Nuggets in the 2018/19 campaign, putting up an average of 11.3 points per game.
Torrey Craig is currently slotted behind Will Barton at SF. He's not the most exciting guy the Nuggets have coming off the bench, but he did shoot the ball incredibly well in the postseason last year. He ended the playoffs with a FG percentage of 47.8 and a 3-point percentage of 47.2.
Jerami Grant is currently behind Paul Millsap at PF. His 5.2 rebounds per game were a great addition and his 13.6 points per game certainly didn't hurt. He averaged 32.7 minutes per game last year.
Plumlee is set to begin the year as the second string center behind Jokic. He averaged 7.8 points per game in 2018/19 and a surprising PER of 17.88 which had him at 101st in the NBA. His 6.4 rebounds per game were no joke, either.