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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
“Deck officer! Deck officer!”
Tyler Lydon – Willrow Hood
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…
Jusuf Nurkic – Kylo Ren
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