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2018-19 roster, player profiles, season expectations

Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

The Denver Submit beat reporter Michael Singer breaks down the Nuggets’ roster.

Will Barton: 6-6, 190, SG, #5

Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Will Barton of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

After six seasons, Barton is lastly getting his fulltime beginning spot. Barton, coming off a season the place he averaged career-highs in scoring (15.7 factors), capturing (45 %) and assists (Four.1), signed a four-year, $54 million contract this previous summer time. He was the staff’s fourth-leading scorer as a part-time starter, however his new position will see him because the beginning small ahead for what ought to be an explosive offense. His confidence and power are infectious, and the Nuggets want his voice as they proceed to develop their id. His largest impediment this season could possibly be on the defensive finish the place he’ll be tasked with guarding wings each taller and stronger than he sometimes faces, however he’s not one to again down from a problem.

Malik Beasley: 6-5, 195, SG, #25

Malik Beasley of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Malik Beasley of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Getting into his third yr, Beasley ought to get a chance as a reserve wing behind the Nuggets’ stellar backcourt. After enjoying 62 video games final season and collaborating within the NBA summer time league, the previous first-round decide had a standout preseason the place he buried 12 of 23 Three-pointers. For Beasley, the hot button is specializing in what he does properly: Flattening open threes, enjoying inside himself and the offense as an alternative of forcing the difficulty and leaping passing lanes on the defensive finish. He has some spectacular offensive instruments, particularly when he will get a head of steam.

Torrey Craig: 6-7, 215, SF, #Three

Torrey Craig of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Torrey Craig of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Craig did sufficient in his 39 video games final yr whereas on a two-way contract to warrant getting a two-year, $Four million contract this summer time. With so many offensive weapons – even a number of who will come off the bench – Craig will possible be used as a defensive specialist. He’s acquired wonderful measurement (6-7, 215) and anticipation and may doubtless assistance on the defensive finish when Barton will get matched up towards greater wings. His Three-point capturing should enhance (29 % final season), however he’s a helpful piece in the appropriate state of affairs.

Gary Harris: 6-Four, 210, SG, #14

Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Gary Harris of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Harris is concerning the good complementary off-ball guard for this Nuggets offense. He doesn’t want the ball in his palms to be harmful since defenses have to respect his Three-point capturing, however the fifth-year guard is ruthlessly environment friendly when he does have it. On prime of a career-high 17.5 factors per recreation final season, Harris additionally logged a career-high 1.Eight steals per recreation as he’s grown into the staff’s greatest perimeter defender. He shoots, cuts, slashes, elevates and defends; the subsequent step in his improvement will see him turning into a extra vocal chief.

Juan Hernangomez: 6-9, 230, PF, #41

Juancho Hernangomez of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Juancho Hernangomez of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Juan Hernangomez continues to be working to seek out his footing inside the Nuggets’ rotations following a troublesome season final yr that was interrupted by mononucleosis. The previous first-round decide regressed in his second yr however has seemed spry at occasions throughout this preseason. Maybe no exhibition efficiency was extra spectacular than his 5 of Eight Three-point capturing towards the Lakers. Mike Malone has stated that extra consistency together with his capturing will earn him extra enjoying time, and it’s attainable he might nestle in alongside Mason Plumlee and Trey Lyles in greater reserve lineups.

Nikola Jokic: 7-Zero, 250, C, #15

Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

The Nuggets wasted no time this summer time in making certain Jokic can be the centerpiece of their franchise for years to return.  Jokic agreed to a five-year, $148 million max deal following a profession yr that noticed him vault to the higher echelon of NBA facilities. The staff’s offense naturally flows by way of him given his uncanny imaginative and prescient and mushy passing contact. He additionally shot almost 40 % from the Three-point line final yr, which was third amongst all facilities. His largest areas of progress want to return on the defensive finish, together with each rim safety and positioning, however Jokic is 23 and solely starting to unleash his potential.

Tyler Lydon: 6-10, 225, PF, #20

Tyler Lydon of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Tyler Lydon of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Lydon’s rookie yr was largely derailed following knee surgical procedure in January, however he informed reporters at media day that his left knee is feeling considerably higher. Lydon, who performed three video games in Summer time League this yr and averaged 7.7 factors, is unlikely to crack the frontcourt rotation and will see time within the G League, the place he spent a part of final season.

Trey Lyles: 6-10, 234, PF, #7

Trey Lyles of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Trey Lyles of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Of all of the reserves, Lyles is poised to have the most important season. Lyles performed uneven, inconsistent minutes and was a sufferer of the numbers recreation as soon as Paul Millsap returned from his wrist damage in late February. Although the 6-10 ahead performed nicely whereas Millsap was out, he’s getting into this season extra snug given his clearly outlined position off the bench. Lyles has the power to attain in any respect three ranges – paint, midrange, Three-point line – and his versatility ought to put opposing defenses in untenable mismatches. Lyles has so much to show heading into this fourth yr.

Paul Millsap: 6-Eight, 246, PF, #Four

Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Paul Millsap of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait in the course of the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

It’s not typically that a four-time All-Star’s contributions get missed, however that could be the case with Millsap. His numbers in his first season with the Nuggets (14.6 factors, 6.Four rebounds) represented a downturn from his Atlanta days as his season was marred by wrist surgical procedure that restricted him to 38 video games. Millsap provides immense worth as this group’s defensive anchor, and he’ll present some cowl for Jokic within the frontcourt. At 33, he’s additionally nonetheless succesful on offense regardless of an uneven preseason. Don’t low cost the worth the veteran provides to a group nonetheless looking to punch its playoff ticket.

Monte Morris: 6-Three, 175, PG, #11

Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Monte Morris of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Morris is one other instance of the Nuggets discovering worth within the second spherical of the NBA draft. The 51st decide final yr spent nearly all of final season within the G League earlier than performing properly at Las Vegas Summer time League and finally turning his two-way contract right into a Three-year, $Four.Eight million deal. Although Morris must be thought-about insurance coverage as a backup level guard whereas Isaiah Thomas rehabs, he appeared far more snug directing an offense this preseason than one may assume after showing in simply three video games for the Nuggets final yr. Morris scored in double-figures in 4 of 5 preseason video games and directed the second unit offense with poise. The Nuggets have religion that he can conduct the staff’s second unit.

Jamal Murray: 6-Four, 207, PG, #27

Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Jamal Murray of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

The third-year guard could also be in line for the most important leap of any Nuggets player this season. His numbers jumped throughout the board final season, his first as a full-time starter, and he’s a well-liked decide for Most Improved Player this season. However why cease there? Murray stated he has All-Star aspirations as nicely. Murray admitted there have been occasions when he felt like he was oversharing the ball final yr and that in consequence, he’s going to be much less hesitant to shoot this season. That bodes nicely for an offense that may already hit opponents from quite a few angles. Whereas he should enhance on the defensive finish, look ahead to Murray to determine himself as a vocal chief of this staff as properly.

Mason Plumlee: 6-11, 235, PF, #24

Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Mason Plumlee of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Judging by his spectacular coaching camp, Mason Plumlee is absolutely recovered after offseason surgical procedure to repair a core muscle. Plumlee was a productive reserve, capturing over 60 % from the sector final season, and was the favourite lob goal of almost each Nuggets guard this preseason. He moved exceptionally properly with out the ball and developed noticeable chemistry within the pick-and-roll amongst reserve guards Morris and Beasley. He’ll add a direct offensive spurt off the bench and gives a totally totally different offensive look than both Jokic or Lyles.

Michael Porter Jr.: 6-10, 210, PF, #1

Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Michael Porter Jr. of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

The extremely touted draft decide couldn’t have landed in a greater spot than Denver. Positive, falling to the Nuggets at No. 14 possible wasn’t how he envisioned draft night time going, however with a deep group already round him, he has the posh to rehab and develop at his superb tempo.  Porter Jr. fell after lacking most of his lone season at Missouri as a consequence of again surgical procedure, and he had a second surgical procedure in mid-July. Nonetheless, the potential reward far outweighed the danger in utilizing the ultimate lottery decide on Porter Jr. If wholesome, he could be a potential game-changing ahead. And once more, the Nuggets, already playoff contenders, haven’t any have to rush him into motion.

Isaiah Thomas: 5-9, 185, PG, #Zero

Isaiah Thomas of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Isaiah Thomas of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

Isaiah Thomas gained’t be prepared for the beginning of the season, however he’s already infused a dose of power into the quiet Nuggets. Thomas, who’s rehabbing from hip surgical procedure in March, got here to the Nuggets on a veteran’s minimal deal whereas trying to show he was nonetheless an all NBA caliber player. Whereas a timeline stays unknown, Thomas has injected management and enjoyable right into a workforce that wants extra vocal management. The Nuggets’ bench is already deep. If they will add a wholesome Thomas, an already elite offensive player, it could possibly be even stronger.

Jarred Vanderbilt: 6-9, 214, PF, #Eight

Jarred Vanderbilt of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait during the Denver Nuggets Media Day at the Pepsi Center on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

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Jarred Vanderbilt of the Denver Nuggets poses for a portrait through the Denver Nuggets Media Day on the Pepsi Middle on Sept. 24, 2018 in Denver.

The Nuggets acquired the second-rounder by way of a draft night time commerce, and although foot-and-ankle accidents have left him sidelined in the meanwhile, the group stays excessive on his potential. Vanderbilt, from Kentucky, was a rebounding machine in 14 video games and confirmed intriguing defensive potential. He signed a three-year, $Four million deal this summer time.