Denver is one of the top teams out West and is led by their star-center, Nikola Jokic. He is a walking triple-double at the center position and is the engine of the offense. They don't have much depth behind him, which is a slight concern. However, they will get Will Barton back after a lengthy absence last season. Denver will need to improve at the shooting guard position as Gary Harris hasn't picked up his play in quite some time. The backcourt usage belongs to Jamal Murray, who really took a jump in the playoffs last season and will be looking to build on it.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Jamal Murray
Jamal Murray J. Murray
#22 PG 1 6' 4" 215 23 2/23/97 5th season Kentucky
PG PJ Dozier
PJ Dozier P. Dozier
#101 PG 2 6' 6" 205 24 10/25/96 4th season South Carolina
PG Austin Rivers
Austin Rivers A. Rivers
#52 PG 2 6' 3" 200 28 8/1/92 8th season Duke
PG Facundo Campazzo
Facundo Campazzo F. Campazzo
2 5' 11" 195 29 3/23/91 Rookie
PG Monte Morris
Monte Morris M. Morris
#38 PG 3 6' 2" 183 25 6/27/95 4th season Iowa State
PG Shaquille Harrison
Shaquille Harrison S. Harrison
#89 PG 3 6' 7" 190 27 10/6/93 4th season Tulsa
PG Markus Howard
Markus Howard M. Howard
4 5' 11" 175 21 3/3/99 Rookie Marquette
SG Will Barton
Will Barton W. Barton
#10 SG 1 6' 5" 181 29 1/6/91 9th season Memphis
SF Vlatko Cancar
Vlatko Cancar V. Cancar
#49 SF 3 6' 8" 236 23 4/10/97 2nd season
SF Greg Whittington
Greg Whittington G. Whittington
3 6' 9" 210 27 2/7/93 Rookie Georgetown
PF Michael Porter Jr.
Michael Porter Jr. M. Porter Jr.
#29 PF 1 6' 10" 218 22 6/29/98 2nd season Missouri
PF Aaron Gordon
Aaron Gordon A. Gordon
#36 PF 1 6' 8" 235 25 9/16/95 7th season Arizona
PF Paul Millsap
Paul Millsap P. Millsap
#17 PF 2 6' 7" 257 35 2/10/85 15th season Louisiana Tech
PF JaMychal Green
JaMychal Green J. Green
#45 PF 3 6' 8" 227 30 6/21/90 7th season Alabama
C Nikola Jokic
Nikola Jokic N. Jokic
#3 C 1 7' 0" 284 25 2/19/95 6th season
C JaVale McGee
JaVale McGee J. McGee
#45 C 2 7' 0" 270 32 1/19/88 14th season Nevada
C Bol Bol
Bol Bol B. Bol
#76 C 3 7' 2" 220 21 11/16/99 2nd season Oregon
C Zeke Nnaji
Zeke Nnaji Z. Nnaji
4 6' 11" 240 19 1/9/01 Rookie Arizona

2021 Denver Nuggets Roster Top Questions

What does locking up Jamal Murray do for Denver?

The Nuggets wasted no time in the offseason and resigned one of their core players, Jamal Murray, to a 5 year, $170 million dollar contract. Drafted just a few years ago in 2016, Murray has been a key difference maker for Denver. He’s averaged a career 14.8 points per game though that numbers’ steadily increased each yeay. Last season, he had a career year with 18.2 points, 4.8 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game. While that’s surely nothing special, the Nuggets obviously saw something special in Murray to lock him up long term.

If Murray keeps his production with the same trajectory, he’ll likely get around 17-18 field goal attempts per game which could see him averaging 20 points throughout the year. While he might not be able to provide typical huge point guard numbers, Murray is a great all around player and should solidify the point guard position for the next few years. The contract is b=obviously a large commitment but if everything pans out, he’ll become a top 5-10 player at his position by a few years.

What impact does Jerami Grant bring to the Nuggets?

After the Russell Westbrook trade to the Houston Rockets, one of the fallouts was the Jerami Grant trade to the Nuggets. In return, OKC received yet another pick, this time a 2020 first-rounder. While Grant may not be a household name to some NBA fans, he was a great player for the Thunder and drew starts on a playoff contending team with OKC. He’s most notably skilled with his defensive abilities and switching but also possesses the ability to shoot.

While a spot in the starting lineup isn’t guaranteed, Grant is sure to get playing time and may be a favorite of coach Mike Malone already. He’s got tremendous defensive skills which should help out a Denver team that ranked 10th in overall defense last season. Grant can guard anyone from elite point guards to dominant big men on the post. He took a huge step forward by making 13.6 points per game compared to his career 8.8 points per game. He’ll make for a great third or fourth option in the starting lineup or one of the best sixth men in the league.

Can Nikola Jokic become a superstar this season?

The talk last season was whether Nikola Jokic was ready to become the next big superstar and lead his team for a deep playoff run. What he proved last season was great leadership ability though inability to be a go-to player. He averaged 20.1 points and 10.8 rebounds but at times, didn’t seem to be prepared for crunch time. Statwise, I fully expect Jokic to put up fairly similar numbers as last year though he’ll definitely need to improve if he wants to go from star to superstar status.

While we might not see a change so much in his numbers, we’ll need to see improvement and the ability to lead his team in the big moments. As of right now, the Nuggets are struggling to find who their crunch time player should be between Jokic and Murray. While Murray isn’t a pure shooter, there’s more room to develop whereas Jokic seems to have already hit his ceiling. He’s a great player who fills up the statsheet but that’s not necessarily what you need to win games.