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.
Arturas Karnisovas, who was recently promoted to General Manager for the Denver Nuggets, just appeared on the latest episode of The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix. They covered a wide range of topics, including Karnisovas career as a player for the Lithuanian team and Seton Hall, his experience playing against the Dream Team, and of course, his thoughts on the Nuggets.
Of particular interest were Karnisovas’ comments about Denver acquiring Paul Millsap, including his fit alongside Nikola Jokic and the importance of his role as a leader to the Nuggets’ young layers:
“Well, it’s very exciting first of all to have [Millsap], and it seems that [he and Jokic] are very complimentary to each other. Paul can shoot from three, he can pass, he’s very skilled. At the same time, he’s been a four-time All-Star, and somebody that we didn’t have in our locker room. Again, you have a lot of young guys in that locker room – from Jamal to Emmanuel, Gary’s twenty-two, Nikola is twenty-one. So there are a lot of young players there, and they need that kind of guidance, and I think he’s going to add a leadership role there besides his skill set. So I think we’re going to be very versatile offensively. Again, from being very good offensively most of the year, we’re going to have to figure it out defensively and schematically to be better.”
Listen to the podcast in its entirety on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix here.
[UPDATE] I had assumed that, like in the regular season, the preseason schedule was entirely at the discrepancy of the league. However, several people responded on Twitter that it could be the case the Nuggets’ perennial preseason home-away discrepancy is the doing of the Nuggets organization, which may have requested a minimal number of home games. So if that is the case, then I apologize to the NBA for misplacing the blame, and will instead wag my finger at the Kroenkes and Nuggets brass for depriving Nuggets fans of more chances to go see their favorite team play live games.
If it seems like every year the Nuggets get the short end of the stick in the balance between home and away preseason games, that’s because it’s the truth, at least over the last six seasons. (I did not research further back than the lockout-shortened 2011 preseason, in which the Nuggets played just two games against the Phoenix Suns, one home and onw away.)
Full disclosure: I have no idea what goes into the NBA’s calculus for creating preseason schedules. But as far as I can tell, that really doesn’t matter as much as the fact that Denver fans are consistently getting the shaft when it comes to having the opportunity to see their team in the preseason.
The chart above pretty much speaks for itself, and I don’t have much more to add to it, other than that I did not include games played in Las Vegas as home games for the Clippers, though they arguably should be, and if so the numbers would come out even more lopsided to Denver’s detriment.