Jamal Murray missed all six shots from the field and didn't go to the line against the Kings on Thursday, adding two rebounds, two assists and no turnovers in 19 minutes.
Coach Mike Malone went with Murray as his backup point guard over Emmanuel Mudiay. Unfortunately, Murray flopped in a big way in one of his worst games of the season on both ends in his blowout loss. The Denver second unit was demolished in this game, so there's a chance Murray doesn't get this chance again. Additionally, the Nuggets were reportedly apprehensive to include Murray in a Paul George trade, which coincides to the comments about how much they like him. Still, his redraft value doesn't look very good for this season.
Mason Plumlee played 22 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday with 10 points, three rebounds, one assist and two steals.
He did not get any minutes at power forward tonight, which should be the norm going forward. While Jusuf Nurkic has been magical in Portland, Plumlee has been rotten with his -39 in +/- this season with Denver. The Nuggets obviously won't keep Nikola Jokic's minutes down very often, so Plumlee will likely have a tough time holding value in 12-team leagues.
Will Barton scored 16 points in 32 minutes off the bench against the Kings on Thursday, adding two rebounds, one block and two 3-pointers.
One small win for Barton today is that the Nuggets used Jamal Murray at the one tonight. Going forward, that situation is unclear because sticking with that plan would mean the team is keeping Emmanuel Mudiay out of the rotation. Still, Barton's playing time should be around 30 minutes most nights, making him a hold in standard leagues.
Darrell Arthur was a DNP-CD on Thursday.
With Kenneth Faried back and the Nuggets not trading anyone away today, Arthur is not expected to get much playing time. He likely won't be a DNP-CD every game, but the Nuggets will continue to manage Arthur and his aging knees.
Emmanuel Mudiay was a DNP-CD on Thursday.
The Nuggets gave Jamal Murray all of the backup point guard minutes, so they kept Mudiay out of the lineup for this game. Despite creating some buzz over the summer, Mudiay just hasn't been able to perform in his second season. He will likely find playing time at some point but there's just no reason to own him in most leagues.
Juancho Hernangomez only played two minutes in garbage time on Thursday.
It was a bad day for the hardcore Juancho fans. The Nuggets didn't trade away anyone today, so Hernangomez's minutes figure to be sparse going forward this season.
LeBron James turned in his sixth triple-double of the season during a 119-104 win over the Knicks on Thursday, scoring 18 points with 13 rebounds, 15 assists, three blocks and six turnovers in 37 minutes.
That's the 48th triple-double of his career with those 15 dimes matching his career best for assists in a triple-double line. Plus, he is now only one triple-double shy of matching his career best for the most he's had in a season. James and the Cavs will be active in the buyout market, which could help LeBron get a little rest here and there.
Kyrie Irving scored 23 points against the Knicks on Thursday with three rebounds, six assists, one steal, one block and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes.
The Cavs are playing well again, which means the likelihood of Irving getting rested will be on the rise. Additionally, Deron Williams could be joining the Cavs, assuming a team doesn't claim his big contract. Irving will still be elite when he plays, but his owners will have to keep their eyes peeled for a possible rest day.