Denver Nuggets are Underrated

“Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) signals after the Nuggets hit a three-pointer during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in New York. Murray was the Nuggets’ high scorer with 26 points.” by Kathy Willens of Associated Press

Denver Nuggets

Projected Lineup

PG Jamal Murray 19.6 points 4.7 rebounds 5.6 assists

SG Gary Harris 17.8 points 3.1 rebounds 2.9 assists

SF Will Barton 14.3 points 5.4 rebounds 4.2 assists

PF Paul Millsap 13.4 points 6.3 rebounds 3.0 assists

C Nikola Jokic 19.1 points 11.1 rebounds 6.0 assists

6 Trey Lyles 13.1 points 6.1 rebounds 1.9 assists

7 Wilson Chandler 10.3 points 5.2 rebounds 2.1 assists

8 Mason Plumlee 6.6 points 4.8 rebounds 1.8 assists

9 Kenneth Faried 7.3 points 5.3 rebounds 0.5 assists

10 Devin Harris 4.4 points 1.4 rebounds 2.2 assists

11 Tyler Lydon 2.1 points 0.9 rebounds 0.3 assists

Projected Point Total: 106.9

Who is their X-Factor?

It would be easy to say MPJ is the x-factor for the Denver Nuggets. Although it’s difficult to make any type of impact when you may not even step onto the court this season. Nuggets GM said Porter will definitely be out for summer league and even could be out for his rookie year. He is a complete and utter wildcard and at this point, unreliable and unstable to escape his street clothes next year. If he makes it onto the court, he could have a tremendous impact.

Trey Lyles’ Shadow

Trey Lyles was flipped for Donovan Mitchell the last draft. Mitchell’s breakout casts a looming shadow on Lyles career. Lyles will always be known as that guy flipped for a superstar. Notwithstanding, he still has a chance to make a lasting impression in Mile high city. Millsap, while he was solid last season, is 33 years old and produced his least impactful season in a decade.

Trey Lyles produced 9.9 points and 4.8 rebounds on 49.1% and 38.1%. It was definitely a step forward from his last season in Utah, where he put up 6.2 points and 3.9 rebounds on 36.2% and 31.9%. His offensive statistics per 36 minutes was evocative of Carlos Boozer, 19.7 points and 9.0 rebounds with a 116 offensive rating. His PER notably catapulted from 9.9 to 16.9. Lyles is an interesting interior threat that can even step out and stretch the floor. His shooting in the 10-16 and 16-24 feet range was poor through his first two seasons, at 36.7% and 38.9%, respectively. He simply could not make the defense pay for backing off him. This season, Lyles vastly ameliorated his mid-range shot. He shot 49.2% in 10-16 feet range and 40.3% from 16 feet to the three-point line. If Lyles can add a varying aspect to Denver, it would be his mid-range shot. Just 8.6% of Denver’s shots came in the mid-range area, placing 27th in the league. Still, 52.6% of Denver’s 2-point baskets were assisted on. If Lyles is a more consistent and available marksman from the elbow and short corner, Denver will have the most well-rounded offense in the NBA.

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