The NBA season restart is just days away from kicking off with fans eager for the real action to commence after days of watching warm up contests.
After a week of games, every team has played at least two games with multiple having taken the court three times.
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Despite being without their number one pick sensation Zion Williamson, the New Orleans Pelicans are one of three undefeated teams.
With a 3-0 record, the Pelicans sit just above the 2-0 Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
Of course one thing every fan should know by now is that in normal circumstances you simply don’t overreact to practice or exhibition games.
But these aren’t normal circumstances we find ourselves in, so with the shortened season just days away I’m going to overreact a touch.
Teams are set to play eight games before the playoffs get underway with each and every game holding more weight.
And while most of the attention sits with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Clippers and Lakers, it’s another Western Conference team that should be grabbing your attention.
As the standings currently sit, they’re in third place sitting just 1.5 games behind the Clippers and although they may have only won one of their three games over the past week, the Denver Nuggets are legitimate contenders in 2020.
Jokic and the Nuggets are primed for a deep run.Source:AFP
Led by Serbian superstar Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets aren’t too be glossed over when considering which teams will be in the running for championship glory.
Jokic when he’s in full flight is a genuine top 10 player in the league, but it’s the depth of the Nuggets that should terrify their opponents in Orlando.
The beauty of the recent warm up games has been teams giving more minutes to players further down the bench. Some have flourished, others have failed to capture the moment.
For the Nuggets the games have only fortified their bench depth.
New NBA cult hero Bol Bol has effectively locked himself into the Nuggets’ rotation after several games showcasing his unique skills are primed for the big time.
Alongside the 218cm rising star is the Nuggets’ 14th pick from the 2018 NBA Draft, Michael Porter Jr.
On Tuesday Porter Jr. showed why he was once touted as the best prospect in the country as he finished his 20 minutes of game time against the Orlando Magic with 19 points and 7 rebounds.
Michael Porter Jr!
Catching up on Magic/Nuggets from earlier today. Michael Porter Jr. looks like his athleticism has jumped another level. For the first time he looked similar to the guy I remember from the Nike Hoop Summit before the injuries. Bouncing off the floor, quicker as well.
With only eight games on the schedule before the playoffs roll around, the importance of depth is now greater than it ever has been. In the span of two weeks, teams will play eight games.
For the Nuggets their starting line-up is quality enough to match it with the best in the NBA, but it’s their second unit that pushes them above the rest.
Porter Jr. showed he has more than what it takes to thrive and is ready to play his part in helping the Nuggets claim the ultimate glory.
“I feel like I’m in a great headspace,” he said. “I know we got a lot of good players, but my goal, right now, I’m not coming in here just trying to blend in with the team. I’m trying to do my part to help this team win a championship. I think I can be a big part of that.”
With players rejuvenated following the extended coronavirus enforced break, the Nuggets and their loaded roster are ready to take-down the main contenders for the NBA title in 2020.
Don’t Sleep on Them Denver Nuggets
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