The Denver Nuggets came up short in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, but will essentially run it back in the 2021-22 season after losing just two players in free agency.
How has their rotation taken shape?
Denver opens the season with a Playoff rematch as it visits the Phoenix Suns on Oct. 20.
|PG||Monte Morris||Facundo Campazzo||Nah'Shon Hyland||Jamal Murray*|
|SG||Will Barton||Austin Rivers||Markus Howard|
|SF||Michael Porter Jr.||PJ Dozier|
|PF||Aaron Gordon||JaMychal Green||Zeke Nnaji||Vlatko Cancar|
|C||Nikola Jokic||Jeff Green||Bol Bol|
* Murray is recovering from a torn ACL suffered in April and is out indefinitely.
Two-way: Petr Cornelie (forward), Markus Howard (guard)
Key additions and subtractions
It's been a mostly quiet offseason for the Nuggets, at least relative to other teams around the league.
Denver saw two veteran free agents head elsewhere, with JaVale McGee electing to join the Phoenix Suns, while Paul Millsap has signed with the Brooklyn Nets.
Just as it lost two players, the Nuggets brought in two players, signing veteran free agent Jeff Green and using the No. 26 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft to select exciting rookie guard Nah'Shon "Bones" Hyland of VCU.
It starts will filling the void left by star guard Jamal Murray.
While Murray continues to rehab the torn ACL suffered last season, it's slightly unclear whether or not head coach Michael Malone will go with Facundo Campazzo or Monte Morris as the team's starting point guard. Over 10 games in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Campazzo started at point guard nine times, while Morris got just one start.
Combo guard Austin Rivers will also likely see time as both an on-ball and off-ball guard for the Nuggets.
In the frontcourt, Denver has a number of interchangeable pieces, with both Jeff Green and JaMychal Green capable of playing both forward positions as well as center in small-ball lineups. The same goes for Michael Porter Jr., who will start at small forward but could play some power forward and Aaron Gordon, who will start at power forward but could play the small forward in bigger lineups.
The key will be who spells Nikola Jokic as the backup center, with both Greens and Gordon having the capability to do so, while Denver looks for growth from second-year big man Zeke Nnaji and 2019 draft pick Bol Bol, who are each capable of stepping in to play minutes in the middle.
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