Jimmy Butler offered baskets to every teammate20 April 2020 / Miguel Coelho
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The Denver Nuggets finished in 2nd place last season on the tough Western Conference, ahead of the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets and behind the almighty Golden State Warriors. They were named one of the upcoming teams for the next few years, due to Jokic tremendous skillset and to their talent in every possible position. Later on, they went to lose that year in their conference semi-final to the Nurkic-less Trail Blazers.
Kevin Durant headed to Brooklyn, Klay Thompson is only coming back next year, so the Warriors are out of the way in terms of contending to the title. The LA teams pose the biggest challenge this season, but they don’t come close to the juggernaut that the Bay Area team was. So, are the Nuggets a true contender this year? Every major analyst think so. One more year for Jokic, Murray and Harris of playoff experience to go along the development of their young guys, should see them through an even deeper playoff run.
However, after 1/4 of the regular season gone, it doesn’t seem like that. They’re currently in 5th place with 14 wins and 7 losses, and although their record is something not to be worried about, it’s the quality of their play that’s been alarming. They’re clearly a step down from the elite teams in Lakers, Clippers and the Bucks, as they are still unsure of their rotations and who to give minutes to. Adding to that, Nikola Jokic is not performing at his highest level, something that needs to happen for them to have a chance.
What’s the solution then? Do they wait for Jamal Murray and Gary Harris to raise their level and become superstar players? Give minutes to Michael Porter Jr. and wait for him to fulfill his potential? Or make a big trade to acquire another superstar? There’s options looming for the Nuggets, and a trade to acquire another star to join Jokic is what makes more sense. They usually use a 10-man rotation, that could be even deeper if Mike Malone decides that way, so talent is something that’s not missing on their roster. The Cavs made Kevin Love available in trade talks, so this could be a big opportunity for them. Michael Porter Jr, Gary Harris along draft picks seems like a perfect package for both sides.
The Golden State Warriors and Denver Nuggets have made the best offers for Kevin Love.— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) June 18, 2014
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