Denver Nuggets: Could be One of the Best Teams Next Season

The Denver Nuggets took a big jump in their development during the 2018-2019 season. They lost in Game 7 at home against the Portland Trail Blazers and because of it, Denver has been eliminated from the postseason but they have a lot to look forward to in the near future.

Nikola Jokic is one of the most consistent players in the NBA and he is only getting better. Jokic is only 24 years old. He recently signed a max-contract with the Nuggets and Nikola Jokic is not going anywhere.

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Jamal Murray took a monster step in his game this season. He can score the basketball and pass it well. Murray is only 22 years old and he and Jokic had very good chemistry this season, especially in the pick-and-roll game.

Gary Harris also had a very good year in the backcourt with Jamal Murray. They are one of the most underrated backcourts in the NBA. In a couple of years down the road, they could be on the level of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in Portland and Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in Golden State.

Paul Millsap should be around for another season with Denver. He is 34 years old.

Will Barton, Malik Beasley, Torrey Craig, Mason Plumlee, and Monte Morris were also some of the key role players on this team during the season.

They will get a huge boost next season when Michael Porter Jr. plays. He has been cleared to play in summer league. Porter Jr. missed the entire season with back surgery. He had the talent to be a Top-5 draft pick last summer but because of his injury issues, Porter Jr. slipped to the 14th pick.

He has the potential to be a superstar in the NBA one day if he is able to stay healthy. It will be interesting to see if Michael Porter Jr. is able to stay healthy because the Denver Nuggets have the potential to run the west in the near future if the Golden State Warriors break up the band this summer.

Michael Malone was an excellent coach during the season with Denver and he has this team trending in the right direction. They won 54 games this season and were the number two seed in the west. The Nuggets could be in this position again next season and in years to come.

They will potentially have a big championship window even though the western conference isn’t easy to play in. This was the first time since 2013 that Denver reached the playoffs. They have not reached the Western Conference Finals since 2009.

The Nuggets have not won an NBA championship before. They will not have any draft picks in the 2019 NBA Draft. Denver will have to sign undrafted free agents, sign another free agent, or they will stay pat.

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