#Nuggets schedule projection: 21-15 (.583) by the end of 2017

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Strictly in terms of their record thus far, the Denver Nuggets have gotten off to a solid start this season. With nine wins and six losses, they have a .600 winning percentage – on pace to win 49 games – and are in fifth place in the Western Conference standings. This puts them slightly ahead of the preseason Las Vegas over/under line, which had them at 45.5 wins (.555) and sixth in the West.

The Nuggets have a tough path ahead to maintain this trajectory, however, as in their 21 remaining games through the end of December, they have just 7 at home and 14 on the road, a 2:1 ratio.

This impending road-heavy stretch lies in stark contrast as the inverse of their schedule up to this point, in which Denver has played 9 games at home and 6 on the road. They’ve made big gains from their home court advantage, with the bulk of their wins coming at the Pepsi Center, where they have gone 7-2 (.778). Their 2-4 (.333) road record, on the other hand, paints a more concerning picture with such a big load of away games on the horizon.

Nevertheless, as shown in the above chart, I have projected the Nuggets going 12-9 in the remaining stretch of 2017 through their final December game on the 30th at home versus the Philadelphia 76ers. If my predictions prove correct  (at least in total wins and losses if not game for game), this would mean they drop from their current record of .600 to .583 (21-15) to close out the year.

While the details of my projections will almost certainly be off, I feel fairly confident about them winning around 11 or 12 of these 21 games. Although they will be playing away quite a lot, including the season’s second six-game road trip, they face many beatable opponents in those matchups. In addition, two of their four games played on the second night of back-to-backs during this window are what most would consider “schedule losses” at the Boston Celtics and the Golden State Warriors, somewhat mitigating more widespread damage from the SEGABABA effect.

Some other notes on the Nuggets’ remaining 2017 schedule:

  • Denver has six games against division rivals in this stretch: Utah and Minnesota twice each, and Oklahoma City and Portland once apiece.
  • 15 of these upcoming 21 games are against Western Conference teams.
  • 13 of Denver’s opponents in this stretch have .500 or better records, but this excludes the Thunder and Jazz, both of which project to end up as winning teams.

So the Nuggets have a very road-heavy and challenging schedule to close 2017, featuring a mix of very tough matchups and should-win games. The number of road games elevates the importance of finishing above .500 through this window in order to stay in the 5-7 seed range where they’ve been so far, and put themselves in strong playoff positioning going approaching the end of the season.

With their offense finally starting to come together, I believe the Nuggets can clear that mark, though likely by a slim margin of two to three games.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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If the Denver Nuggets were Star Wars characters

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The Denver Nuggets are on a hot streak, coming off a home stand in which they won five of six games, and heading to Portland to seek their revenge against the team that bumped them out of the playoffs last spring.

So where to begin in breaking down their recent success? With this hard-hitting analysis from a galaxy far, far away, that’s where.

Caveat number one: It’s likely that nearly everybody will disagree with most or all of these. But as Obi-Wan told Luke: “Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view.” So chime in if from your certain point of view things look different.

Caveat number two: “Relax, kid.” These are comps of the roles that the players and characters play, and the nature of their character, not of who did or didn’t wear a gold bikini. It’s not about that.

So now that we’re all clear, kids, let’s move along without further ado.

 

Jamal Murray – Luke Skywalker

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Young, innocent, bright-eyed, and optimistic, Murray represents a new hope for the Nuggets’ future. He’s strong with the Force, and bursting with potential, although he just has yet to fully learn how to channel it. But if he had a T-16, you know he could bullseye womp rats all day.

Nikola Jokic – Rey

02.NJR

Jokic came from seemingly out of nowhere and made a huge impact surprisingly quickly, becoming powerful with the Force so fast as to seem almost unbelievable. His unpredictable nature combined with the fact that he still doesn’t know his own strength create uncertainty around whether he will fulfill his own potential for greatness as he continues along his hero’s journey.

Gary Harris – R2-D2

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Although he seldom takes center stage, when the Nuggets are in a jam Harris is often the one who comes to their rescue and bails them out. He smart, reliable, and versatile, and a loyal team player who doesn’t need the spotlight to be heroic in his own way.

Paul Millsap – General Leia Organa

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A natural-born leader by example and shrewd strategic thinker, Millsap is experienced and battle-tested, and his teammates look to him for the guidance and mettle that will lead them to victory. He may not be the type to give motivational speeches, but his presence is inspirational and he knows what it takes to win. And even though he’s comfortable delegating, if his team hesitates, he’ll be the first one to pick up and lead the charge into battle.

Wilson Chandler – Yoda

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For my ally is the Force. And a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we. Not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you. Here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere.

Will Barton – Han Solo

06.WBHS

Nobody on the Nuggets has more swagger than Will the Thrill, and while his sometimes reckless, gunslinging ways might go against the grain and rub some the wrong way, he’s a pirate who does things his own way, and more often than not he gets results.

Mason Plumlee – Chewbacca

07.MPC

A fiercely loyal team player who’s always got his crew’s back, Plumlee isn’t afraid to do the dirty work the rest of the guys aren’t willing or able to do, and if the time comes to get physical, he’s ready and willing to mix it up.

Kenneth Faried – Lando Calrissian

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An often misunderstood anti-hero, Faried (deserved or not) may have a tarnished reputation among some of putting himself first, but when push comes to shove he’s always there in the end to put himself on the line and give it all he’s got to deliver victory for his team.

Emmanuel Mudiay – Finn

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Mudiay has had a troubled path, struggling to find his way through the galaxy, but his heart is pure, he’s always trying to do the right thing, and in the end he’ll always be coming out locked and loaded, ready to fight for the good guys.

Juancho Hernangomez – C3PO

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He’s fully on the team, yet somehow Juancho doesn’t get many opportunities to help out very often, as he’s usually relegated to the sidelines. Even so, he still seems destined in the not-too-distant future to finally step into the heroic limelight and have his floating chair moment.

Richard Jefferson – Obi-Wan Kenobi

11.RJOW

This aging Jedi may be too far past his prime to win many light saber duels, but he is still highly valuable to the Rebellion as he is strong in the Force, with much wisdom to impart to his young Padawans, and his wit makes his teachings a pleasure to listen to.

Michael Malone – Mace Windu

12.MMMW

It may seem like Malone spends too much of his time just complaining about his guys and admonishing them for not living up to his lofty expectations and strict standards, but there’s still an essentially cool and knowledgeable dude under all that bravado who his team trusts and looks to for leadership.

Darrell Arthur – Nien Nunb

13.DANN

This veteran Rebel co-pilot isn’t seen in battle all that often, but he always seems to be around and ready to jump into action when duty calls.

Trey Lyles – Deck Officer

14.TLDO

“Deck officer! Deck officer!”

Tyler Lydon – Willrow Hood

15.TLWH

This has not been confirmed, but it has been rumored that Lydon was seen running through the Pepsi Center with a Sears ice cream maker in tow…

 

Dishonorable Mentions:

Jusuf Nurkic – Kylo Ren

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It’s not the Nurkic is particularly strong with the Force, only that he turned to the Dark Side, and is a petulant, whiny, childish crybaby who throws temper tantrums when he doesn’t get his way.

Andre Iguodala – Garindan

17.AIG

The Mole.

#Raptors @ #Nuggets 11/1/2017 – Game Notes

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My (belated) game notes from the Nuggets’ big win over the Raptors:

 

Val fouls on TOR’s opening possession. Could come into play later?

Murray starts with a great drive & reverse layup. He’s been good at getting going early, but worse at following through with wire-to-wire solid play. But hopefully this bodes well.

Millsap sidesteps into an open 3, hits it. Was playing near the perimeter to space the floor on that possession.

Jokic passes up the midrange j, gets it to Millsap at the arc. I cringed hard, but he nails his 2nd consecutive 3.

Millsap is on fire, hits from midrange, TOR timeout after Nuggets go up 10-2 to start. My next question is not if, but how they will screw this up.

Both of the Raps’ two baskets – first Powell, then Lowry – made by guards driving to the basket. Nuggets (Jokic) not providing any rim protection.

Millsap gets bailed out on what this time I’d call a very ill-advised 3-point attempt, as Ibaka bumps him.

Millsap again, j from the elbow. Dayum.

Oof. Jokic totally falls asleep in the paint, lets Val breeze by him to get a pass right at the rim for an easy dunk. Trbl.

There we go. Jokic to Harris DHO for the 3. I like how this is playing out. Going to Millsap early could open up easier opportunities for scoring when O goes through Jokic.

Raps get 4 quick points when Lowry scores off a steal after DeRozan made a 2, but Harris responds with a jumper from the top of the key. DEN up 10.

Jokic was driving in of the P&R but instead of taking his shot, sends it to the corner. Play gets busted up, Millsap miss on a drive w/ the clock winding down. Wanna see Joker shoot that one.

Murray takes a heroic dive to try to finish off a steal, rewarded only with a hard fall into the seats. Which there are a lot of empty ones, btw.

Murray with a two great drives, the second off a missed 3.

Plumlee makes a terrible choice, misses the j from the elbow which surprises nobody. Least of all TOR’s defense who gladly lets him take it.

Lowry gets Mudiay all mixed up on a nice move for the layup.

The movement in this Plumlee-Millsap lineup is just so damn stagnant. Millsap isos, then dishes out to Harris who misses a 3, but nothing’s in rhythm, nothing’s flowing.

Malone calls timeout after the Raps close it to 8. Nuggets offense stalling bigtime.

Oh, shit, Murray’s in the locker room? /scared/

Nuggets with a bad offensive possession out of the timeout, luck out as TOR knocks it out, Jokic ends up getting a nice entry pass to Plumlee at the rim for 2.

OG Anunoby in. I die a little inside.

Great sequence by Jokic with a block then a running floater in the lane. 30-16.

And again, my question is not if, but how they will screw this up.

After some shaky play, Mudiay hits an open corner 3. If Murray doesn’t come back, they’re gonna lean heavy on him, so that’s a good sign.

33-16 DEN, TOR calls timeout. I’m just waiting to see the Raps clamp down defensively, which seems likely, and to see how the Nuggets respond to that.

Nuggets finish the 1st up 34-19, can’t ask for a much better start, let’s see if they can build on it. Been unable to do so in most games so far.

Nuggets finally starting to play Nuggets offense again. Great unselfish ball movement Jokic > Mudiay > Faried inside.

Lowry hits a 3 after a DEN turnover, Mudiay responds w/ a great baseline drive. He’s looking solid now.

Jokic has multiple plays in this game with good rim protection now. And some where he went MIA. But still, seeing more from him than usual there.

Anunoby goes out having not played very well at all. So at least the dagger in my heart wasn’t twisted. Hopefully it won’t be.

Beasley misses the wide open 3, Val makes his second consecutive shot, Raps close to 14.

Mudiay finds Beas on the next possession, hits his 3 this time. That is a very astute point guard play by Emmanuel, giving Malik the chance to keep his confidence up, passing up a good shot for a better one. His head is in the game.

Valanciunas scores again off the offensive rebound. He’s pretty much having his way with Jokic now.

Barton with a fantastic oop to Faried on the ATO play. Great execution. And Murray back out there (whew).

Beas missed 3, DeRozan inside for 2, Barton airballs it, TOR cuts DEN lead to 11.

Great give & go by Harris & Millsap, then DEN forces a shot clock violation, Nuggets back up 15 with possession.

Another great ball movement possession: Chandler > Jokic > Harris > Millsap for 3, nails it and draws the foul on Ibaka.

Millsap hits the FT, Nuggets back up 19. Reallllly thought they were about to let this one slip, good sign of resilience that all too often hasn’t been there this season.

This time Millsap misses the heat check 3. Don’t want to see him lean too heavy on that, but hard to fault when he’s going at a pretty good clip in this one.

Ball don’t lie. Norm misses his first FT on the Harris “foul” at the arc w/ 1 sec on the shot clock.

Millsap shakin and bakin on the iso from the low post. Another 2 for him on the fadeaway.

Aw, man, Jokic gets WAY too cute, makes a dumb unnecessary behind the back pass on the break, play broken up, Nuggets turnover via foul. That was ugly.

Nuggets up 14 at the half, got discombobulated in those last couple minutes, probably good it went to halftime (I hope). But they hung 60 in the half on a very good defense, so a feather in the cap for that.

Nuggets open the half with a missed Jokic 3, made Ibaka 3, missed contested Chandler 2, made DeRozan driving layup. 14 point lead down to 9 in just one minute.

Murray passes up a wide open 3, gets it to Millsap in the low post who missed a contested j. Passing up good shots for bad ones won’t win this.

But another great response by Denver, Jokic to Harris for the made 3, then to Chandler on the break, back up 14 just like that.

Great defensive possession there, force a bad shot with the clock winding down, Murray takes it all the way up the other way for the layup, Nuggets up 69-51 on a 9-0 run.

Powell hits a 3, but so does Murray, who has Denver’s last 7 points.

Nuggets up 20 and WC will go to the stripe for his and-1 chance after the TO.

Can I breathe easy yet? Nope, this is the Nuggets.

Murray hits the 3, Nuggets now on a 19-5 run, go up 80-56. Okay, maybe I start breathing a bit easier now.

This is the Jamal Murray we’ve been waiting for.

Murray misses his first FT of the season.

Raps announcer: “I’ll say this, though. For a team that’s winning by 22, it’s quiet.” Welcome to the Pepsi Center.

Oh, shit. They just said there was a shooting north of there right before the game. Been on a news blackout to avoid spoiling the score. My late condolences to anyone who was affected.

Nuggets force the turnover, Barton hits the 3, Nuggets now up 84-58. That should pretty much seal the deal. But I’ll wait till the fat lady sings.

Another TOR TO, another DEN 3.

Another TOR TO, this time followed by a Murray drive. 89-58 Denver. Murray 21 points on 7-9 shooting.

Nuggets finish the 3rd quarter up 103-71. Bring on garbage time! About time this team stuck a fork in it early. Or maybe I shouldn’t speak too soon.

Garbage time, but OG gets a nice steal and hits a 3 at the other end.

Raps announcer: “I’m impressed tonight with Denver’s defense. When the game was in the balance, the Raptors had a ton of possessions where they had to go late in the shot clock. That’s the sign of a good defense.”

Mudiay runs the court for a layup, puts Nuggets up 112-78, basically just pouring salt in the wounds now.

With 7:41 remaining, Jokic goes to the bench with an 8/16/10 line. Coulda sworn he scored more than that, guess not, looks like he’ll sit out the rest two points shy of a triple double.

Lyles hits a 3. His form really does look smooth.

Big cheers for Richard Jefferson as he gets ready to check in.

Nuggets up 199-87, 4:46 left in deep garbage time, Faried bodies up and draws the charge. These dudes still playing.

I was just about to write that Mudiay is looking to create shots for his teammates, passing up his own to get it inside to Beasley, but then first thing he does on the inbound is jack up a bad, long 3. Always a mixed bag with him.

Under 3 minutes left, Nuggets fall asleep on defense and give up 5 easy points, Malone doesn’t like their quit, calls time out.

WHOA! Beasley throws down a slam dunk like I don’t think I’ve ever seen from him before.

Beasley gets another dunk, but wisely (in terms of good sportsmanship) doesn’t put any pizzazz on it.

Big applause for RJ as he hits his second FT, his first point as a Denver Nugget.

That’s it, Nuggets win 129-111.

Jamal Murray: 24/3/2 on 8-10 shooting (3-5 from 3), +35, his third consecutive game with 20 or more points.

Jaded Nuggets fans, time to come home: These players deserve your support

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As owners and custodians of the Denver Nuggets organization, do the Kroenkes deserve Nuggets fans’ loyalty and support?

The short, yes-or-no answer to this question is, of course, entirely subjective, and depends largely on how much one feels they have helped or harmed the team.

More importantly, however, the real answer is that that is the wrong question.

It is abundantly evident is that over the past several years a significant mass of Nuggets supporters who felt anywhere from disappointed to outright betrayed by Josh and Stan Kroenke – or in some cases just got fed up with legitimately bad basketball – jumped ship from their fandom to varying degrees. In many cases, they never returned; in others, they nominally and unenthusiastically kept tabs on the Nuggets but never got back that loving feeling.

And I am certainly not here to argue that there were not some very valid, and genuinely heartfelt reasons for this. Because there clearly were.

Let’s face it: The two years following the upheaval in the aftermath of the George Karl firing and Masai Ujiri departure (also known as “The Brian Shaw Era”) were pretty damn rough for all Nuggets fans, even the most unwaveringly loyal.

After a decade of stalwart, if not spectacular success, Denver’s abrupt nosedive into the mires of mediocrity understandably took its toll on a fan base long accustomed to a steady diet of pretty-darn-good teams that consistently made the playoffs and remained competitive in the tough Western Conference. True greatness may always have eluded the team in those years, but it remained close enough within reach to keep dreams of rings and glory alive.

Now if we are being entirely honest, the writing on the wall – written in the code of Carmelo Anthony’s express desire to shine in the limelight of New York City – that the end of the Melo Era was nigh was there all along. And the now storied 57-win season on the heels of his departure was akin to the horizontal air-running of Wile E. Coyote, as he realizes the cliff he just ran off of is now far behind him. As exciting as that season was, the sustainability of its success was, in all likelihood, unsustainable, and a significant drop-off was imminent.

But even providing that was the case (though I know some will disagree on that count), what nobody had foreseen was the extent to which the Kroenkes and subsequent general manager hire Tim Connelly were about to make a difficult situation worse through a series of dramatic (and erratic) decisions immediately following that season.

It seemed highly unlikely they had any clearly articulated vision or blueprint for the team’s future beyond keeping the Nuggets marginally competitive enough to put butts in seats. Or if they did, it was not a plan they were able or willing to clarify publicly.

And the results left essentially no fans happy.

Rather than going in on a full rebuild which would have yielded higher draft picks and more playing time for developing young players, they initiated an incomprehensible combination of severe changes epitomized by the George Karl firing, and conservative half measures like the J.J. Hickson signing, and assembled a squad, led by a coach who ultimately proved to be incompetent (or at least a terrible fit for their roster). This would neither satisfy win-now fans hungry for perennial playoff appearances, or fans who would have bought into a full-on rebuild (Denver’s version of “The Process”).

So a lot of fans got pissed off for a lot of pretty damn solid reasons. And for many, the bad blood and hard feelings linger on. And that is understandable to a point.

But it has been a long time, and oh how things have changed.

So I am here to say: It’s time to get over it, jump firmly with two feet back on the Nuggets bandwagon, and support the truly exciting squad of hard working, high character players that Connelly and his front office have assembled.

Over the past several years, including in recent weeks and months, I have seen a recurrence of themes which alienated Nuggets fans raise. I’m summarizing and paraphrasing here, but the sentiments all come from interacting with fans who are either pretty jaded on the organization, or have just lost interest and enthusiasm:

  • Why should I support this team when they blew it up for no good reason?
  • Why should I pay money to the Kroenkes when they’re not willing to spend it to build a contender?
  • After betraying us fans by firing George Karl, they don’t deserve our loyalty.
  • I’m fed up with the incompetence of this organization – too cheap to pay Ujiri to keep him on board, thought a coach like Shaw was the right fit for what should be a fast-paced Denver offense, etc.

I want to acknowledge first and foremost that these reactions are coming from a real place, from thoughtful fans who have been passionate about supporting the Nuggets, and genuinely felt spurned. This is especially true for longtime season ticket holders who have a hard time forgiving pulling the rug out from under a team that – even if they weren’t championship contenders – were dependably winning over 45 games and making the playoffs every season, and were always fun to watch (if sometimes frustrating).

I have shared many of these concerns and criticisms, and they should not be brushed off lightly. (I think people who know my writing on the Nuggets know that I am not an apologist or sycophant of the Nuggets organization – a recent example outlining my skepticism of the front office can be seen here.) So none of this is to gloss over any of that history.

Josh and Tim have made mistakes – some of them quite significant. But to be fair, it also needs to be recognized that they have done a lot of things right.

And it is worth keeping in mind that they were themselves rookies, probably taking on a larger responsibility than they were truly prepared for initially, with a steep learning curve ahead, navigating which would require a fair amount of trial and error.

Now, when we look at where the Denver Nuggets are at this moment in the organization’s history, it is clear that they have arrived at an especially promising juncture, which only appears to be headed for bigger and brighter places.

Could they have been in an even better position?

Almost certainly (the link to my piece above gets into the Nurkic trade, the 2017 draft, and letting Gallinari walk for nothing, as missteps which cost opportunities for improvement).

But are they in a very solid, and probably even great position now and moving forward?

Undeniably. While I would still maintain that Kroenke and Connelly had not yet developed a clear vision for building the team with a cohesive roster and identity soon on the heels off the Karl firing, they not only found their way to establishing just that (with a little help and good luck in the form of Nikola Jokic), but have successfully followed through and executed that vision as well.

The Nuggets’ improvement in purely basketball terms is reflected in nearly making the playoffs last season, in their earning the praise and admiration of the national NBA media, in the increased number of nationally televised games they will play this season, and in the various expert predictions which across the board project Denver returning to the postseason for the first time in five years.

But perhaps even more importantly from a fan perspective, this team is just so easy to love, and really damn fun.

The beautiful, selfless, team-oriented, ball-sharing, high IQ style of the Nuggets offense reflects the qualities – both in on-court skills and in personal character – of the players who comprise the team’s roster. If one word sums up the philosophical vision this team is built around, it is “culture,” and the organization is now steeped in it.

The front office has made a concerted effort to carefully select players with strong work ethics, humble team-focused attitudes, and positive, cooperative mindsets. This not only has facilitated a strong, supportive locker room culture, but also expresses itself on the court in players who are willing to work hard and buy into a system where the team is prioritized over the individual (not an easy accomplishment in today’s NBA).

In turn, this facilitates the creation of a style of basketball which is truly a joy to watch. The abundance of playmaking and ball-sharing, the willingness of players to pass up good shots in order to find great shots for teammates, the movement and flow swirling around the most creative and exciting passing big man in the league – Nuggets basketball is as exciting and fun now as it has ever been.

They have a great bunch of dudes who are working their tails off to execute a team concept they believe in and, importantly, are actually executing successfully.

The road Nuggets fans have taken to arrive at this team has not been easy, no doubt. But you do not deserve to be deprived of the enjoyment of this new era of Denver basketball because of the bad taste left by past mistakes. There have indeed been plenty of mishaps along the way, and there may be more, but it is time to move beyond these like the team itself has.

A clear, positive, and (hopefully increasingly successful vision for this team has been implemented. And despite the various ways the organization may have gone astray, they are in the process of proving that one of their strengths is course correction which has – with some zigging and zagging – steered the ship in the right direction.

Much like Gary Harris, they had a rough start, but they have been getting better. (Mostly.)

And that includes bringing together a quality crew of stand-up players who are chomping at the bit to get the Nuggets back to the playoffs and do the team right by Denver.

On Nuggets media day, Vic Lombardi interviewed Kenneth Faried, who spoke of the crowd at Pepsi Center:

“I want to grab the fans and really have them be feeling free to come to our games and support us. Because forget me, I want the team to win, and that helps the team, just all of us, y’all giving us that energy, that feedback, that “Hey, yeah, come on, we’re about to make a push, we’re going on a run, oh my god” erupting in the arena. That’s amazing.”

“Amazing,” in fact, is not too strong a word to describe the transformation of this Nuggets team from one that was hard to watch in the Shaw era, to one that is indispensable viewing now. And we have reached a point where fans should be sincerely eager to give this revamped team the strong, proud backing they are hungry for.

Forget the Kroenkes. These players deserve the support and loyalty of Nuggets fans – all Nuggets fans – as a team and a brand of basketball that is truly worth cheering for.

So if you are among those Nuggets fans who have taken a four-year hiatus for whatever reason caused you to step away, there couldn’t be a better time to come back home and be a part of what genuinely is something special in Denver basketball.

Don’t miss out.

 

My latest at BSN: How the Nuggets could improve offensive efficiency by reducing touch time before shots

How can the Nuggets improve an already elite offense? Last year, from December 15 when Nikola Jokic took the helm as starting center through the end of the season, the Nuggets had the league’s highest offensive efficiency. So what could they possibly do to improve if they’re already at the top?

In my latest article at BSN Denver, I take a deep dive into the relationship between the touch time taken before shots to offensive efficiency, and explore how reducing touch time could give the Nuggets offense a boost by creating higher percentage shots.

Head on over to BSN to read the story in its entirety, and if you don’t already you can follow me on Twitter @NuggetsDenJoel.

 

My latest at BSN: Plumlee’s insights shed light on why the Nuggets value him so highly

Why do the Denver Nuggets value Mason Plumlee highly enough that they gave him a contract many might consider to be an overpay? In my latest article at BSN Denver, I wrote about how some of his remarks on Nuggets media day which reveal some of how Plumlee analyzes and approaches basketball may shed some light on Denver’s strong appreciation of their newly re-signed backup center.

Click here to read the article in its entirety at BSN. I found Plumlee’s comments thoughtful and elucidating enough to make me want to write a story about them, and I think you’ll find them interesting as well.

 

ICYM my latest at @BSNNuggets: Film Room: Gary Harris’ growth as a playmaker through his wide array of assists

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Just how good of a playmaker has Gary Harris become? Head on over to BSN Nuggets to see my latest Nuggets Film Room post there. I collected 82 clips of Harris’ assists from the 2016-17 season (half his total), grouped into seven categories of different assist types, with in-depth analysis breaking it all down. You can find the post at BSN Nuggets at this link right here, and while you’re there be sure to check out all the other great Nuggets coverage on Denver’s new jerseys, Paul Millsap’s potential defensive impact, and much more.