May 20, 2020, 12:34 pm
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.
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)
-Keita Bates-Diop (acquired via trade)
-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
May 24, 2020, 9:20 pmKyrie IrvingPG, Brooklyn Nets
Following Governor Andrew Cuomo's greenlight from earlier on Sunday, the Nets will reopen their practice facilities on Tuesday.
The team will open its doors to voluntary player workouts. The team's statement went on to elaborate that they would strictly follow NBA and infectious disease expert protocols as they resume activities. It's another small step in the right direction as the NBA continues its climb towards trying to play actual games.
Source: Malika Andrews on Twitter
May 24, 2020, 8:03 pmKemba WalkerPG, Boston Celtics
Kemba Walker feels that his left knee hampered him earlier this year because of all of the basketball he's played over the course of his career.
The knee pain has been a constant this season, and Walker has missed eight games due to the injury overall. He should be fully recovered for when the season does resume at this point, and if he is able to get enough practice reps in he'll be able to avoid any restrictions whenever the league-wide shutdown is lifted.
Source: The Athletic
May 24, 2020, 7:56 pmAnte ZizicPF, Cleveland Cavaliers
If Ante Zizic chooses to leave the NBA when he hits free agency this offseason, he could draw interest from Maccabi Tel Aviv.
Zizic had a lot of success in 2016-17 when he was last in the Euro League with Darussafaka, averaging 9 points and 6.7 rebounds in under 21 minutes per game. In comparison, he's been an afterthought for the Cavs this season, only averaging 10 minutes per game. Moreover, the Cavs declined to pick up his player option for next season, and they already have plenty of options for the frontcourt between Kevin Love, Larry Nance Jr., and possibly DeAndre Drummond (player option). Maccabi will have to see how much salary flexibility they have this offseason as ticket sales are likely to take a hit in Israel next year.
Source: Euro Hoops
May 24, 2020, 7:33 pmKevin DurantSF, Brooklyn Nets
On Sunday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that professional sports teams based in New York may resume operations immediately.
With Governor Cuomo's green light in place the Knicks and Nets are now just waiting for Adam Silver's seal of approval on getting back into there facilities. The majority of the league now has state approval to access their practice facilities and the NBA is slowly ramping up activities in hopes of resuming games in July.
Source: Andrew Cuomo on Twitter
May 23, 2020, 9:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN reported that the NBA has entered "exploratory conversations" with Disney on restarting the season at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Florida.
NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said the NBA and NBPA have discussed with Disney on restarting the season in late July. Marc Stein reported on Friday that it is looking increasingly likely that games will resume in July, and it appears that the stage for the rest of the 2019-20 season is likely to be Orlando.
May 23, 2020, 9:32 pmLaMelo BallPG, International
The Knicks have LaMelo Ball as their top-rated point guard for the 2020 NBA Draft.
The Knicks have a need at point guard and Ball is considered the point guard with the highest upside in this draft. He had poor shooting numbers in his 12 games in the NBL this past season, shooting .250 from deep and .375 from the field. He is a gifted passer though and averaged 6.8 assists per game in 31.3 minutes, adding 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals. If Ball was drafted by the Knicks, he could help younger players RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson get easier looks. Ball will likely be given an opportunity to run the offense by the team that drafts him and he could put up big assists numbers. He also has an impressive steal rate in limited play in Australia, but his shooting percentages are a big concern.
May 23, 2020, 9:15 pmBradley BealSG, Washington Wizards
Bradley Beal’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said “There are no Beal Sweepstakes and that’s why he re-signed with the Wizards.”
Bartelstein continued to say “Brad re-signed with the Wizards because he wanted to stay in Washington and the Wizards wanted to keep him there.” Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News reported earlier in the week that the Nets had internal discussions with the Wizards for Beal. A trade out of Washington would likely hurt Beal’s fantasy value, but it’s not worth putting too much stock into trade rumors for Beal in dynasty leagues.
May 22, 2020, 9:13 pmJonathan IsaacPF, Orlando Magic
Jonathan Isaac, who sustained a serious left knee injury in January, said his knee is "feeling strong" and that he has been squatting increasingly more weight recently.
Isaac also said recently that he's open to returning if and when the NBA season is resumed and as long as the Magic organization is on-board with it. He has been running on an anti-gravity treadmill and indicated that his knee feels "110 percent" after more than four months of rehab. Isaac is a huge part of the Magic's future and it remains to be seen whether or not they will take the risk.
Source: John Denton on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:59 pmStephen CurryPG, Golden State Warriors
Certain NBA franchises in highly-restricted areas due to COVID-19 are inquiring with league officials about heading straight to the proposed "bubbles" rather than heading to an alternate location to train, completing a quarantine, then going to the bubble and completing a second quarantine period, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
The idea behind this is to avoid quarantining twice, first for a training period and then for again when they reach the bubble. Since players on these teams are (theoretically) already under heavy self-quarantine restrictions, this could potentially come to fruition. It seems like a realistic proposition at this point, although everything is still in a planning stage as far as an NBA return is concerned. Only time will tell and there are rumblings that teams are preparing to recall the majority of their players on or around June 1. It seems like some definitive announcements might finally be somewhat imminent.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski on Twitter
May 22, 2020, 8:43 pmLeBron JamesSF, Los Angeles Lakers
According to Marc Stein, NBA teams are likely going to be limited to "bring (roughly) 35 players/coaches/staff into a 'campus' environment if the 2019-20 season…resumes in July."
The continuation of the season is looking increasingly likely to happen in July. Those travel parties of 35, notably, have not mentioned the players' families (or anybody's family members, for that matter). There will undoubtedly be further developments as the situation materializes.
Source: Marc Stein on Twitter