Nuggets

Starting, Rotations Decisions Still to Be Determined
On Friday, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said he’ll hold off on making permanent rotation decisions until a later date. [...]
1
Like
Save
Denver Nuggets notes: Point guard competition ongoing
Coach Michael Malone classified the Denver Nuggets’ preseason starting point guard competition as “unfair,” since veteran Jameer Nelson missed about a week of practice and the first two preseason games with a toe injury. Now that the position group is at full strength, Malone said he will continue to evaluate the contenders through the Nuggets’ final two preseason games at San Antonio on Sunday and against Oklahoma City on Tuesday. “I’m not ready to name a starter right now,” Malone said following Friday’s practice. “Obviously, we have until (the season opener at Utah on) Oct. 18 to do that.” Jamal Murray and Emmanuel Mudiay have alternated starts through the first three preseason games, with varying rates of success. Malone said he was happy to see Murray respond positively in Wednesday’s win against the Lakers after a “tentative, lackluster” outing in Los Angeles two days prior. Murray finished with 20 points on 6 of 7 shooting (including 5 of 6 from 3-point range), two assists, two steals and four turnovers in 24 minutes. “(That was) the Jamal Murray that we have all come to expect,” Malone said. “Be aggressive, play confident, and when you’re open, shoot the ball.” Mudiay totaled 13 points (5 of 10 shooting), six assists, five rebounds and five turnovers in 22 minutes Wednesday, while Nelson scored two points on 1 of 5 shooting and added six assists and one turnover in 18 minutes in his preseason debut. Malone also emphasized that all those ball-handlers must cut down on the turnovers. The Nuggets are averaging 20 giveaways per game so far in the preseason, five more per game than in the regular season a year ago. Will Barton technically is not part of the ongoing point guard battle. But when he and Murray are on the floor together, Barton has the freedom to initiate the offense. And he’s doing it effectively, with 16 assists and one turnover during the preseason. “I love the fact that he’s valuing the basketball and being the facilitator and playmaker that he is right now,” Malone said. Related ArticlesOctober 6, 2017 Trey Lyles or Kenneth Faried? Denver Nuggets still sorting out backup power forward spot October 5, 2017 Nuggets GM on Gary Harris contract extension, Kenneth Faried’s comments about starting and more October 5, 2017 Watch: Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas answers questions about the upcoming season October 4, 2017 7 takeaways from the Nuggets’ offensive explosion against the Lakers in preseason October 4, 2017 Lunch Special: How will the Kenneth Faried “drama” play out for the Nuggets? Barton, who is entering his sixth season, averaged 13.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game last season as a versatile perimeter player. Hot from deep. Denver is shooting 46.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line in the preseason. That ranks third in the NBA, though neither of the two teams in front of the Nuggets (Utah and Sacramento) has played three games like Denver. “A lot of teams can go out there and jack shots and take bad shots,” Malone said. “I think the quality of 3-point shot that we’re generating are all good looks for the most part. Very few are poor shots and contested shots. “Those shots are coming from pace, those are coming from ball movement and that’s coming from guys passing up good shots for great shots, and that’s contagious. We saw that a lot last year.” [...]
2
Like
Save
Trey Lyles or Kenneth Faried? Denver Nuggets still sorting out backup power forward spot
Before the Nuggets’ preseason opener at Golden State, coach Michael Malone told Kenneth Faried he would spend all 48 minutes on the bench. Malone had deemed the matchup with the Warriors as “Trey’s game,” giving Trey Lyles all the minutes at backup power forward, behind newly acquired all-star Paul Millsap. The good news for Faried? He would get the same opportunity in the Nuggets’ second game at the Lakers. Then, with Millsap resting during Denver’s preseason rematch against Los Angeles two days later, Lyles moved into the starting lineup and Faried turned in the game’s most impressive performance off the bench. This give-and-take approach was the only way Malone felt he could properly evaluate the battle between Lyles and Faried. Malone now fully acknowledges the difficult decision he faces with two preseason games remaining. He must choose between two bigs with vastly different styles, and who have both shown flashes leading up to the Nuggets’ season opener in less than two weeks. “I knew it was going to be a really competitive fight with that crowded frontcourt,” Malone said. “That, to me, is an outstanding situation to look at, because you can make great arguments for both of those guys.” Barring an injury or foul trouble, Millsap is projected to play 30 to 32 minutes per game. After Lyles and Faried, Malone could turn to Juancho Hernangomez when the Nuggets decide to go small or Mason Plumlee when they go big. Darrell Arthur and rookie Tyler Lydon are options too. Lyles, who was acquired in a draft-night trade, impressed early in training camp with his leaner physique and ability to shoot, facilitate and space the floor in the Nuggets’ up-tempo offense. He shot 2-of-6 against the Warriors, while posting three assists and four rebounds in 22 minutes. Against the Lakers, he scored 12 first-half points and also contributed three rebounds and four steals. Malone has called the on-court synergy between Lyles and Plumlee “remarkable,” highlighting a play against the Lakers in which Lyles caught the ball on the perimeter, drove and dumped off a pass to Plumlee for a layup. “(I’m) just taking advantage of when I do get in,” Lyles said, “and just trying to show what I’m capable of doing — whether it’s running a fluid offense, being able to share the ball, talking, being a vocal guy out there. … Whatever it is, I’ll be ready.” But Malone also can’t deny Faried’s “huge” impact in his two preseason outings. Faried, who did not speak to the media Friday, has matched his relentless motor with efficiency on both ends of the floor, totaling 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting and adding seven rebounds against a short-handed Lakers squad Wednesday night. Malone noted that Faried, who averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season and has been a starter for a significant portion of his NBA career, played well alongside starting center Nikola Jokic last season. Lyles said his communication with Malone throughout the preseason has been open, whether he’s been told he’s sitting or starting. He welcomed the daily competition with Faried, recognizing “he’s not going to back down from anything, just like I’m not.” Malone’s goal has been to have his rotation set for Denver’s final two preseason games. That means Sunday afternoon’s road matchup with San Antonio could provide a clue as to whether  Lyles or Faried has earned the backup role at power forward. As of Friday afternoon, though, Malone was undecided. “There’s a lot of different ways we can look at it,” the coach said, “and we’ve got two more games to try to figure it out.” Related ArticlesOctober 6, 2017 Denver Nuggets notes: Point guard competition ongoing October 5, 2017 Nuggets GM on Gary Harris contract extension, Kenneth Faried’s comments about starting and more October 5, 2017 Watch: Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas answers questions about the upcoming season October 4, 2017 7 takeaways from the Nuggets’ offensive explosion against the Lakers in preseason October 4, 2017 Lunch Special: How will the Kenneth Faried “drama” play out for the Nuggets? Power play A look at the Nuggets’ primary options at power forward behind starter Paul Millsap. Trey Lyles Height, weight: 6-foot-10, 234 pounds NBA experience: Two years 2016-17 statistics (with Utah Jazz): 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, .362 field-goal percentage in 71 appearances Preseason stats Sept. 30 at Golden State: Six points, 2-of-6 shooting, three assists, four rebounds in 22 minutes Oct. 2 at Lakers:  Did not play Oct. 4 vs. Lakers: 12 points, 4-of-8 shooting, thr [...]
4
Like
Save
Tim Connelly Fan Meet and Greet at Denver Beer Co.
The Nuggets are hosting a meet and greet and Q&A opportunity for all interested fans with President of Basketball Operations Tim Conn [...]
2
Like
Save
Tim Connelly Joins Altitude 950 to Discuss the Nuggets Hot Preseason Start and His Upcoming Q&A Happy Hour
[...]
2
Like
Save
Nuggets GM on Gary Harris contract extension, Kenneth Faried’s comments about starting and more
Denver Nuggets general manager Arturas Karnisovas told The Denver Post on Thursday afternoon that a contract extension with starting shooting guard Gary Harris is “in the works” and that he hopes the organization and Harris “can get something done before the season starts.” “He’s been such a huge part of what we’re trying to do here, a representation of what we’re building here,” Karnisovas said of Harris during a visit to The Denver Post’s newsroom. “Him going through trade rumors and still staying with us and being consistent and being a good leader for our guys and (knowing) how to do it, he was the ultimate professional. “We’re trying to find ways to keep him here as long as we can.” Harris, who averaged 14.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists as a third-year player in 2016-17, is under contract through the 2018-19 season. He is slated to make $2.55 million this season and $3.64 million in 2018-19. Karnisovas chatted with Alexis Perry during a Facebook Live interview and also spoke to The Post’s Gina Mizell. Here’s more from that conversation: What are your initial takeaways from training camp and the first three preseason games? So far, so good. We’re 3-0. There were glimpses of a couple players shining. Paul Millsap in the third quarter against Golden State (when he scored 16 points). Gary’s second game (when he scored 25 points against the Lakers). Yesterday, everybody looked great (against the Lakers). We had 19 threes and lots of firepower. But the emphasis was more on getting stops, defensively. We still see a lot of getting used to each other. Turning the ball over then turns into easy points for the other team, so we try to eliminate those. Mainly, the training camp and the last three games, we’re getting used to each other and rotations that the coaches put together. Helen H. Richardson, The Denver PostArturas Karnisovas, general manager for the Denver Nuggets, watches potential draft picks during a pre-draft workout for NBA hopefuls at the practice court at Pepsi Arena on June 19, 2017 in Denver. Nuggets coach Michael Malone was pretty blunt about being dissatisfied with the defensive effort after Wednesday’s game. Are the right pieces in place to improve on that end of the floor? Coach Malone is coaching hard, even when we’re up by 24, and that’s what the preseason is for. I think the next step for us, because a lot of players are actually playing well, is to kind of settle down on rotations that we play on Oct. 18. We’ve got two more games to go. The preseason this year is different from the previous years because it’s obviously short and (there are) less games. You worry about your stuff more than trying this player here or trying this player here. Now it’s more settling to the way you want to play on Oct. 18. Kenneth Faried strongly expressed his desire to be a starter at media day. How did you take those public comments? We welcome that. It’s a competitive spirit, and we want our training camp to be competitive. We didn’t want to just give guys playing time. We want them to earn it. That’s a good approach. Whoever earns minutes in the preseason is going to play. How has Millsap acclimated himself behind the scenes throughout training camp? That’s the thing with vets — they know their bodies well and they know exactly when they’re going to get in their top shape in training camp little by little. Obviously for Paul, he’s playing with these guys for the first time, so (they’re) learning each other. Especially him playing with Nikola (Jokic), learning each other’s tendencies. But there were a lot of positive things in the preseason games. Like the third quarter against Golden State, Paul went off for 16 (points). Those were kind of signs of when we struggled to finish games last year, I think the ball is probably going to be in Paul’s or Nikola’s hands. We shouldn’t have issues of deciding who’s gonna touch the ball in the last minute. Related ArticlesOctober 5, 2017 Watch: Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas answers questions about the upcoming season October 4, 2017 7 takeaways from the Nuggets’ offensive explosion against the Lakers in preseason October 4, 2017 Lunch Special: How will the Kenneth Faried “drama” play out for the Nuggets? October 2, 2017 Four takeaways from the Nuggets’ preseason victory over the Los Angeles Lakers September 30, 2017 Paul Millsap’s double-double highlights Denver Nuggets win over Warriors in preseason opener What are the biggest challenges with building a team in the current NBA environment, especially after so many stars switched teams in the offseason? Overall, it’s continuity [...]
4
Like
Save
Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Nikola Jokić
Last season: Nikola Jokic was the Nuggets’ breakout star with averages of 16.7 points, 9.8 rebounds and 4.9 assists. From Dec. [...]
2
Like
Save
Nuggets 2017-18 Player Preview: Jamal Murray
Last Season: Jamal Murray, taken by the Nuggets with the No. [...]
1
Like
Save
Lunch Special: How will the Kenneth Faried “drama” play out for the Nuggets?
The Denver Post’s Gina Mizell on Wednesday answered reader questions about the Denver Nuggets in a live chat. Here are the highlights. Gina: Hey, everybody! Before I get to your questions, I just wanted to introduce myself and give a bit of background. First, of all, I’m thrilled to be part of a Denver Post staff I’ve respected for years, and to live in one of my favorite cities in the country. I’ve spent the bulk of my career covering college football at The Oregonian in Portland and The Oklahoman in OKC, but am super excited to jump to an NBA beat and to cover one of the more intriguing teams in the league. Media day and training camp last week was a great opportunity to meet Nuggets players, coaches, front office folks, etc, and I’m looking forward to building relationships and telling cool stories throughout the season. I grew up in Phoenix, so the early ’90s Suns were one of the first teams I cheered for and the Nash/Stoudemire/7 seconds or less crew was a big part of my HS/college years. But enough about me. Let’s get to your questions. Who do you think will be the starting point guard for this team? Gina: That’s one of the biggest questions still facing this team. Before training camp, I probably would have said Jamal Murray, but Emmanuel Mudiay was one of the biggest topics in Boulder. Considering they had alternated running the first team during practices, I wasn’t surprised to see Murray start the preseason opener at Golden State and Mudiay start against the Lakers. I thought Mudiay played well against Golden State (he was explosive to the basket and looked confident in his jumper, which has obviously been a huge issue) and that Murray made some timely shots and played pretty solid defense. Monday night against the Lakers was more of a mixed bag for both guys. Mudiay had a stretch where he had a couple silly turnovers in a row, and Murray did not shoot well. I wonder how the minutes will be distributed tonight, given the four other starters are out. Malone said he’d like to have his lineup set by the final two preseason games, so that’ll give us a clue on who’s won the job. Who does your gut tell you will be the Nuggets’ starting point guard on opening night? Gina: My gut still says Murray, but I wouldn’t be entirely shocked if it was Mudiay. How’s that for a cop-out answer? Of course, Jameer Nelson is also still here, but he’s been out with a toe injury. That certainly hasn’t helped him in this competition. Do you think the Nuggets will make the playoffs this year? Gina: We are just hitting all the big-time questions right off the bat! I like it. Obviously, the West is tough. Heck, this division is really, really, really tough, with what OKC and Minnesota have added with what Portland already has, etc. I think the Nuggets certainly have the talent — especially if the young corps continues to develop the way they expect —  to get in if they just marginally improve on defense. I thought it was interesting that the annual preseason GM survey listed Paul Millsap’s signing as the most underrated acquisition of a wild offseason. In the West, I’m curious to see if a team like the Clippers drops off after losing Chris Paul. And injuries are always the most unpredictable part of the season. But I think, barring injury or something catastrophic like that, the Nuggets will be in the playoff race throughout the season and will be playing a fun brand of basketball. How do you see the minutes being distributed tonight with Millsap, Nikola Jokic, Gary Harris, and Wilson Chandler out? Think we see a lot of Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee, Kenneth Faried, Will Barton, or Trey Lyles? (Maybe all of the above?) Gina: Yeah…how about that injury report? I’d expect we’ll see a lot of those guys you just mentioned — plus some of the younger players like Craig, Beasley, Lydon, etc. Again, I’ll be interested to see how the PG minutes are distributed, or if we see some time with Mudiay at the 1 and Murray at the 2. I’m also curious if Faried or Lyles starts, since Faired did not play in the preseason opener and Lyles did not play against the Lakers. Also, can we get Josh Childress in a game…just because?! What kind of minutes do you see for Mason Plumlee this year? Will he just give Jokic a breather or will he have a bigger role? Gina: I think he’ll have a legitimate role on this team — you don’t sign him that type of contract to only play him sparingly. What they like about Plumlee is he’s also a good facilitator in the post, so the offense won’t change much when Jokic goes to the bench. He’s also athletic and a good rim protector. Malone mentioned in Boulder that he really liked the reserve combination of Plumlee and Lyles because of the way they complement each o [...]
1
Like
Save
7 takeaways from the Nuggets’ offensive explosion against the Lakers in preseason
Despite sitting most of their starting lineup, the Denver Nuggets blew past the Los Angeles Lakers 128-107 Wednesday night in Ontario, Calif. Here are seven takeaways from the dominant win to push Denver’s preseason record to 3-0: 1. Starters Nikola Jokic (right elbow sprain), Paul Millsap (rest), Gary Harris (right shoulder strain) and Wilson Chandler (right hip soreness) sat out, opening opportunities for Trey Lyles, Juancho Hernangomez, Mason Plumlee and Will Barton to get the game’s first minutes. Veterans Jameer Nelson, who sustained a toe injury in the first training camp practice, and Darrell Arthur, who is coming off a knee injury, both made their preseason debuts. Young players Torrey Craig and Malik Beasley also got first-half minutes for the Nuggets, and first-round pick Tyler Lydon and second-rounder Monte Morris got minutes in the fourth quarter. Jamal Murray, who finished with 20 points and went 5 of 6 from 3-point distance, started at point guard after Emmanuel Mudiay held that role in Monday’s game against Los Angeles. Related ArticlesOctober 4, 2017 Lunch Special: How will the Kenneth Faried “drama” play out for the Nuggets? October 2, 2017 Four takeaways from the Nuggets’ preseason victory over the Los Angeles Lakers September 30, 2017 Paul Millsap’s double-double highlights Denver Nuggets win over Warriors in preseason opener September 30, 2017 Denver Nuggets aim to shed “quiet” label with better communication September 29, 2017 Trey Lyles joins crowd of Denver Nuggets power forwards 2. The Nuggets started hot from beyond the arc, making six of their first 10 shots from 3-point distance to dash out to an early double-digit lead. That advantage ballooned to 22 points when Hernangomez knocked down a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer; and to 30 points late in the third quarter. Overall, the Nuggets shot 54.4 percent overall and 50 percent from deep, reached 74 points at the half and eclipsed the century mark late in the third quarter. 3. Lyles, who did not play Monday against the Lakers, made an early impact, scoring 12 points in the first half and drilling three 3-pointers. But fellow power forward Kenneth Faried was terrific off the bench with a game-high 25 points on 11 of 13 shooting and seven rebounds. A three-point play that put Denver up 48-35 in the second quarter was arguably Faried’s biggest highlight play. Faried and Lyles are competing for the backup spot behind Millsap, and it will be interesting to see how coach Michael Malone distributes their minutes in the Nuggets’ final two preseason games. 4. Malone classified the Nuggets’ defensive performance as “poor” in his postgame radio interview with Altitude 950, emphasizing his team allowed too many points in the paint and in transition. The Lakers shot 51.9 percent overall and outscored Denver 29-19 in the fourth quarter. 5. Mudiay was the first Nugget off the bench, following an inconsistent outing in Denver’s first game against the Lakers. He finished with 13 points, six assists and five rebounds in 21 minutes but also turned the ball over five times. Mudiay even played a short stretch in the first quarter alongside Murray, who shifted to shooting guard. 6. Plumlee flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 13 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in 26 minutes. 7. The Lakers were also missing key pieces because of injury, as No. 2 overall draft pick Lonzo Ball sat out with a sprained ankle and Brandon Ingram (head) also did not play. Note: The final score has been corrected after the NBA’s live stats system went haywire, leaving team officials (and reporters) scrambling for an accurate box score immediately after the game. [...]
4
Like
Save
What to Watch for in the Nuggets Third Preseason Game at the L.A. Lakers
The Nuggets and Lakers face each other for the second consecutive game on Wednesday night, though now they’ve moved cities to Ontario, Ca [...]
4
Like
Save
NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams
NEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season. The league said Tuesday that the leading vote-getter from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves. The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18. Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans. “I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.” The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. Related ArticlesSeptember 30, 2017 Frank Hamblen, former Denver Rockets assistant coach, dies at 70 September 30, 2017 Cavs owner gets “vile” voicemails after LeBron’s “bum” tweet September 29, 2017 Russell Westbrook signs 5-year, $205M extension with Oklahoma City Thunder September 29, 2017 In terms of the anthem, Silver expects NBA players to stand September 27, 2017 Meet Danielle Cantor, the NBA’s only female agent with a client The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters. The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go. ___ More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball [...]
3
Like
Save
Gary Harris Leads Nuggets to Second Win of Preseason
By Christopher Dempsey, Nuggets Insider [...]
1
Like
Save


Broncos | Nuggets | Rockies | Avalanche | Rapids | Outlaws | Mammoth
Mile High | Coors Field | Pepsi Center | DSG Park

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | DMCA Policy