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.

Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas on The Vertical Podcast with Chris Mannix

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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.

 

The @NBA consistently screws Nuggets fans out of seeing home preseason games [UPDATE: Or do they?]

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[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.

Malik Beasley on HoopsHype Podcast: After landing Millsap, Nuggets “ready to compete in the playoffs”

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Nuggets guard Malik Beasley appeared on the latest edition of the HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy to offer his insight on a variety of topics. Among some of his more noteworthy comments:

  • He considers building his strength, developing his ball handling skills, and improving his defense to be the areas of his game he needs to work on most.
  • His focus this summer is “to be in the best shape possible… Whenever [Coach Malone] needs me I want to make sure my stamina is in the best shape possible.”
  • Beasley said the veteran teammates who helped him most included Kenneth Faried, Mike Miller, Will Barton, Darrell Arthur, Gary Harris, and Jameer Nelson.
  • On what it means for the Nuggets that Paul Millsap signed with them: “He’s not selfish, he’s not selfish at all. That’s what this team needs, not selfish, and handles the ball really well. He also brings leadership to this team, man, he’s been through a lot in both Atlanta and Utah, and he’s an All-Star… It shows that we can compete with some of the best, and that we’re ready to compete in the playoffs.”

There’s a whole lot more in the interview, so be sure to check it out in its entirety at HoopsHype or embedded below.

 

ICYMI, My latest at BSN: Understanding the Nuggets’ next big salaries as a percentage of the salary cap

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Should the Nuggets, or any team, pay Gallinari $22-25 million a year? Head on over to BSN Nuggets for my latest article on how all these outlandish new NBA salaries are best understood as a percentage of the salary cap.

You can read it here: Understanding the Nuggets’ next big contracts as a percentage of the salary cap.

And while you’re there at BSN Nuggets, be sure to also check out all the great coverage of NBA and Nuggets free agency and trade news and rumors.

 

The Nuggets Den social media stuff

Twitter: @NuggetsDenJoel

YouTube: NuggetsDenJoel

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NuggetsDen/

Instagram: nuggetsdenjoel

Twitter is pretty much where I live, so if you want to actually communicate with me, that’s the best place to do it.

I don’t make videos nearly as often as I used to, so my YouTube channel contains more relics than not (although that is kind of fun in its own right). I will have some time this summer so I hope to make some fresh vids there, but it’ll more likely be for embedding in posts than standalone content.

I created a Facebook page mainly in case some people might just prefer that medium as a way to follow posts. But it will primarily be a repository feed for Nuggets Den blog and Instagram posts, so if you already follow me on Twitter it’ll probably be pretty redundant.

Mainly to follow rather than post, I just got on Instagram today, inspired by Steve Hess’ posts of Jokic working out in Serbia. Again, there will be a good deal of redundancy here, as I’ll basically be posting Nuggets charts and graphics, most of which will have already been used in my posts either at the Nuggets Den or at BSN Denver. So if you’re already checking those, you may not find a whole lot of new offerings there.

The bottom line is that I’ll always be most active on Twitter, and much less so on Facebook and Instagram, so the latter two are mainly just there for people who really prefer those platforms.

Oh yeah, I have a Google+ page, too, but I can’t get WordPress to auto-trigger posts to it, and does anyone use that, anyway? I don’t know. I don’t. As of now, thouh, I have a lot of posts sitting there that say “Shared only with you” that I can’t seem to make publicly visible – and frankly, it hardy seems worth trying.

So now that you know where everything’s at, feel free to follow or like – or not – as you please, and maybe I’ll see you around one place or another. Thanks for dropping by.