• 2019-2020 Denver Nuggets Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            54-28                                     34-7                            20-21

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             43-22                                     25-8                            18-14

    Fun Facts for the season

    -The Nuggets trail only the Sixers for the best home-court advantage in the NBA over the last three seasons. The top-3 home-court advantages over the last three campaigns: The Sixers (90-23), Nuggets (90-25) and Raptors (89-25).

    -Despite trading away Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell to the Jazz in 2013 and 2017 respectively, the Nuggets can attribute their recent success to their ability to draft well, dating back to 2014: Gary Harris (2014-19th overall), Nikola Jokić (2014-41st overall), Jamal Murray (2016-7th overall), Monte Morris (2017-51st overall), Torrey Craig (2017-undrafted), Michael Porter (2018 14th overall).

    -Nikola Jokić has had a track record of getting off to slow starts to begin the season and 2019-20 was no different. In his first five seasons in the league, Jokić has seen his value increase from December on except for the 2017-18 campaign when he maintained his first-round status throughout the year. Let’s compare his per-game value prior to December with his value from December on in those four other seasons:

    Fantasy value through November 30 Fantasy value since December 1
    2015-16 13th round/12th round 6th round/5th round
    2016-17 9th round/9th round 1st round/1st round
    2018-19 2nd round/2nd round 1st round/1st round
    2019-20 4th round/4th round 1st round/1st round

    -Michael Porter Jr.’s biggest obstacle has been his health as he missed his entire rookie campaign with a back injury after only being able to play three games in his freshman year in college. However, his talent is tantalizing as his per-36 numbers from his rookie campaign were 19.2 points, 10.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.0 blocks and 2.3 three-pointers on .495 from the field and .767 from the charity stripe. When the Nuggets were without Jamal Murray (9 games missed), Paul Millsap (9 games missed) and Gary Harris (6 games missed) for a nine-game stretch, Porter saw 25.5 mpg and returned 4th/2nd round per-game value.

    -After his rookie season, Harris saw his per-game fantasy production rise for three consecutive seasons and all three resulted in standard league value: 2015-16 (9th/8th), 2016-17 (6th/5th), 2017-18 (4th/3rd). However, over the last two seasons Harris has seen his value fall off a cliff as he finished outside the top-150 in 8/9-cat leagues: 2018-19 (14th/14th) and 2019-20 (14th/13th).

    -It is clear that the two building blocks of the future for the Nuggets are 25-year-old Nikola Jokić and 23-year-old Jamal Murray. Over their first four seasons together in the league, the young duo have played 6,012 minutes together across 274 regular season games and have never had a net rating below 6.1.

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Nuggets’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Nikola Jokić (1st round/1st round)

    -Jamal Murray (5th round/5th round)

    -Will Barton (6th round/6th round)

    -Paul Millsap (9th round/9th round)

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Jerami Grant (5th round/3rd round from Jan 8 through Feb 5)

    -Michael Porter Jr. (4th round/2nd round from Jan 15 through Jan 31)

    Rosterable in standard points leagues

    (This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)

    -Nikola Jokić (1st round)

    -Will Barton (5th round)

    -Jamal Murray (6th round)

    -Paul Millsap (12th round)

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:


    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Nikola Jokić (all formats)

    -Jamal Murray (all formats)

    -Will Barton (all formats)

    -Paul Millsap (8/9-cat)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -Jerami Grant (8/9-cat)

    -Gary Harris (8/9-cat)

    -Michael Porter Jr. (all formats)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Paul Millsap (unrestricted)

    -Jerami Grant (player option of $9.35M in 2020-21)

    -Mason Plumlee (unrestricted)

    -Torrey Craig (restricted)

    -Monte Morris (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)

    -Keita Bates-Diop (team option of $1.66M in 2020-21)

    -Noah Vonleh (unrestricted)

    Key Additions

    -Keita Bates-Diop (acquired via trade)

    Key Departures

    -Malik Beasley (traded to Wolves)

    -Juan Hernangómez (traded to Wolves)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 first round pick (via Houston)

    -2021 first round pick

    -2022 first round pick

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