Denver Nuggets Roster 2019 Nuggets Roster

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Every year in the preseason, the pundits claim that the Denver Nuggets are about to break out and join the upper echelon in the Western Conference. Last season, Denver came within a whisker of making the playoffs. Yet again, the future looks bright for Denver, and this time it is for real. Denver has a versatile and deep team that should be ready to come into its own this year, at least on the offensive end. The Nuggets will be an entertaining team to watch and figure to finally reach the playoffs this season. Assuming that Isaiah Thomas is in any kind of playing shape, the Nuggets can go ten-deep on most nights. The Nuggets will certainly be one of the more exciting teams in the league this season. This will likely be the year that the Nuggets continue their upward trajectory and make some noise in the Western Conference, provided that their team defense is not too much of a liability.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Jamal Murray Jamal Murray J. Murray 27
#14 PG 1 6' 4" 207 21 2/23/97 3rd season Kentucky
PG Monte Morris Monte Morris M. Morris 11
2 6' 3" 175 23 6/27/95 2nd season Iowa State
PG Isaiah Thomas Isaiah Thomas I. Thomas 0
#15 PG 3 5' 9" 185 29 2/7/89 8th season Washington
PG Brandon Goodwin Brandon Goodwin B. Goodwin 6
6' 2" 180 23 10/2/95 Rookie Florida Gulf Coast
PG Andre Spight Andre Spight A. Spight
SG Gary Harris Gary Harris G. Harris 14
#13 SG 1 6' 4" 210 24 9/14/94 5th season Michigan State
SG Torrey Craig Torrey Craig T. Craig 3
#75 SG 1 6' 7" 215 27 12/19/90 2nd season USC Upstate
SG Will Barton Will Barton W. Barton 5
#27 SG 2 6' 6" 190 27 1/6/91 7th season Memphis
SG Malik Beasley Malik Beasley M. Beasley 25
#61 SG 2 6' 5" 195 21 11/26/96 3rd season Florida State
PF Paul Millsap Paul Millsap P. Millsap 4
#10 PF 1 6' 8" 246 33 2/10/85 13th season Louisiana Tech
PF Trey Lyles Trey Lyles T. Lyles 7
#37 PF 2 6' 10" 234 22 11/5/95 4th season Kentucky
PF Juan Hernangomez Juan Hernangomez J. Hernangomez 41
#64 PF 3 6' 9" 230 23 9/28/95 3rd season
PF Tyler Lydon Tyler Lydon T. Lydon 20
3 6' 10" 225 22 4/9/96 2nd season Syracuse
PF Michael Porter Jr. Michael Porter Jr. M. P. Jr. 1
#80 PF 6' 10" 210 20 6/29/98 Rookie Missouri
PF Jarred Vanderbilt Jarred Vanderbilt J. Vanderbilt 8
#84 PF 6' 9" 214 19 4/3/99 Rookie Kentucky
C Nikola Jokic Nikola Jokic N. Jokic 15
#5 C 1 7' 0" 250 23 2/19/95 4th season
C Mason Plumlee Mason Plumlee M. Plumlee 24
#38 C 2 6' 11" 235 28 3/5/90 6th season Duke
C Thomas Welsh Thomas Welsh T. Welsh 45
3 7' 0" 255 22 2/3/96 Rookie UCLA

Denver Nuggets Roster Top 3 Questions

The Nuggets are a team loaded with talent, but are also a team that hasn’t made it all entirely click yet. Point guard is still up in the air for this team, but they drafted Jamal Murray to take a chance on him. Gary Harris has developed into a talented shooting guard, and Denver also has Will Barton coming off the bench as a strong sixth man. Small forward has been another question mark position for the Nuggets, as veteran Wilson Chandler draws the starts most nights but has also been linked to many trades. With little depth behind him that is worthy of starting, Barton is usually the one who slides in when Chandler is injured. Paul Millsap signed this past summer, giving the Nuggets a quality power forward to play next to Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets have Trey Lyles and Mason Plumlee backing them up. Kenneth Faried continues to be a name that sits on the bench despite the contract given.

Will Isaiah Thomas Contribute?

The Nuggets took a chance on the diminutive guard, who never fully recovered from a debilitating hip injury. Thomas is clearly not the player that he was in Boston before he got hurt. However, the Nuggets do not need Thomas to be the team leader. Denver only needs 15-20 credible minutes off of the bench from Thomas. This could be a role in which Thomas thrives. His shooting had slumped badly last year, but with another year to return to health along with less pressure to carry the team, Thomas can be effective anchor of the second unit.

Which Young Player Takes a Step Forward?

The Nuggets are a young and talented squad. You know about Nikola Jokic and his multi-dimensional talents. The next player from this team that may become a household name is Gary Harris. While there are some concerns about his backcourt mate Jamal Murray, Harris is primed to continue his breakout for the Nuggets. Harris is one of the better three-point shooters in the league and is a threat along the perimeter. Harris is an efficient offensive player whose usage has grown in every season in the league. With Jokic and Paul Milsap keeping opposing defenses occupied, Harris is free to bomb away from the outside. His presence makes the team better by giving the Nuggets a second outside threat in addition to Will Barton.

Can the Defense Improve?

Defense is what has held Denver back from moving forward. That is somewhat ironic given that their coach, Mike Malone, was brought in to toughen up the defense. Denver routinely ranks in the bottom third of the league in points allowed. Denver will be relying on Paul Milsap to stay healthy. Milsap is a tough interior defender when healthy. In addition, Michael Porter should help Denver in this area as well once he is healthy enough to return to the lineup. Denver cannot simply hope to outscore their opponents as their means to winning because that will not always work in the high-octane Western Conference.