The Denver Nuggets Are Serious Contenders Once Again

The Denver Nuggets are showing in 2019-2020 that last season was no fluke. Denver was one win away from reaching the Western Conference Finals last season. They lost to the Portland Trail Blazers at home in Game 7.

The Nuggets took down the San Antonio Spurs in seven games in the first round last season as well.

Mike Malone has done a tremendous job coaching this team, but the front office deserves a ton of credit for putting this team together.

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Denver is currently in second place in the Western Conference with a 13-3 record so far this season. They are up one game on the Los Angeles Clippers and the Denver Nuggets are 1.5 games back of the Los Angeles Lakers for the number one seed in the Western Conference.

Denver was also the number two seed last season with a 54-28 record. At this pace, the Nuggets are going to win over 60 games. This could be one of the deepest teams in the NBA.

Some of the teams that they are going to have to beat in the playoffs are the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Utah Jazz.

The Minnesota Timberwolves, the Phoenix Suns, or the Sacramento Kings could potentially be a first-round match up candidate this season for them.

Denver is fortunate that the Golden State Warriors, the San Antonio Spurs, the Portland Trail Blazers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder will not make it to the playoffs this season. They all made it to the playoffs last season.

Jamal Murray was signed to a contract extension this past summer. He is one of their best players. Murray is averaging 18.8 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.8 APG, 0.4 BPG, and 1.6 SPG so far this season.

Nikola Jokic is one of the best players in the world. He is averaging 16.1 PPG, 10.4 RPG, 6 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.2 SPG so far this season.

Paul Millsap is averaging 14.1 PPG, 6.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 0.8 BPG, and 0.9 SPG so far this season.

Gary Harris is averaging 10.3 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.2 SPG so far this season.

Will Barton is averaging 15.5 PPG, 7 RPG, 3.4 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 0.9 SPG so far this season.

Mason Plumlee is averaging 7.1 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 2.3 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 0.8 SPG so far this season. He is one of their key players off the bench.

Another key player off the bench is Jerami Grant. He is averaging 9.2 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.1 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.4 SPG so far this season.

Michael Porter Jr. also missed all of last season with a back injury. He was the 14th overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Porter Jr. could have gone number one overall if he didn’t miss most of his freshman season at the University of Missouri.

Michael Porter Jr. has the talent to be an elite player one day. The problem is that apparently Denver has no room to give him minutes right now. Porter Jr. would be playing 25-30 minutes a night on other teams.

Even though this team is loaded, I don’t think the Nuggets should trade him because I think it could potentially be a mistake in the long run.

It is not like this entire team is young. They do have some older players on this team like Mason Plumlee and Paul Millsap.

Michael Porter Jr. has only appeared in 10 games so far this season and he is coming off the bench. Michael Porter Jr. is averaging 3.7 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.4 APG, and 0.3 BPG so far this season.

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Denver is 21st in the NBA in Points Per Game. They are averaging 107.3 PPG so far this season.

The Denver Nuggets have given up the fewest amount of points in the NBA so far this season. They are giving up 101.9 PPG.

Denver is 15th in the NBA in BPG at 5.5.

This team has never won an NBA Championship before. This could potentially be there best shot to do it. It will be interesting to see whether or not they do it. Time will only tell if they can get it done or not. The Nuggets hope this consistency will continue for years to come.

Denver’s next game will be on Saturday afternoon on the road against the Sacramento Kings. The Denver Nuggets will then be tested big time at home next Tuesday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

Are you on board with the Denver Nuggets as a contender? Leave a comment below.

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