Player News - Nuggets

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Paul Millsap (left wrist surgery) isn't expected to play before the All-Star break, according to Nuggets coach Mike Malone.

Malone added that the Nuggets "definitely won't rush [Millsap] back," which makes sense since Millsap said he's still working to regain normal range of motion in his fingers. If he returned for Denver's first game after the All-Star break, which is far from certain, Millsap would get 24 games to finish out the regular season.
Dec 17 - 11:56 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) is being listed as questionable for Monday's game against the Thunder.

He tweaked his ankle on Friday and is now in danger of missing Monday's game, but we'll have a better idea on his playing status after shootaround. If he's out, Jamal Murray will pick up some extra minutes and Will Barton could see some increased opportunity as a creator in the second unit. Stay tuned.
Dec 17 - 2:19 PM

Gary Harris scored 21 points during a 117-111 overtime win over the Pelicans on Friday, adding two rebounds, five assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 43 minutes.

He's just incredible and his passing was on display yet again. Harris is almost at five assists per game this month, which doubles his 2.3 dimes in November. Although, Nikola Jokic not playing has to be a factor here, but Harris does produce in pick-and-roll sets at 70th percentile in PNR plus passes (135 possessions, per Synergy). There's no stopping Harris right now and he's looking like a lock for early-round value, assuming he's healthy.
Dec 16 - 3:08 AM

Jamal Murray played 39 minutes with 15 points, five rebounds, three assists, three steals and three 3-pointers against the Pelicans on Friday.

That's back-to-back games with three steals and he's on a heater over his last three, averaging 23.7 points, 6.7 boards, 3.3 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.3 blocks and 3.7 treys on 50.0 percent from the field and 100 percent from the line. Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) went down in this game, but Murray has blown the doors off him and has created a chasm for the lion's share of the point guard minutes. Murray leads the Nuggets in usage rate, he's fourth in the NBA for free throw percentage with nobody else in the top five having more than his 74 makes, and once again patience pays off in fantasy. The Blue Arrow has been a third-round player in fantasy leagues in the last 30 days.
Dec 16 - 2:59 AM

Wilson Chandler scored nine points with five rebounds, one assist and three 3-pointers in 26 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He seems to be shifting to more power forward, which could continue until Paul Millsap (wrist) gets back. Chandler did play some small forward as Trey Lyles saw more run. According to reports last year, Chandler did not like being shuffled around in the lineup. This year, you would think he should be happy as long as he's starting and playing next to the core three in Jamal Murray, Gary Harris and Nikola Jokic. He only has low-end value due to his 15.2 usage rate.
Dec 16 - 2:51 AM

Mason Plumlee scored nine points with nine rebounds, two assists, one steal and two blocks in 31 minutes as the starting center against the Pelicans on Friday.

He's done well against DeMarcus Cousins before and maybe that's part of the reasoning he started. Nikola Jokic (ankle) may have had limits in his return, but Plumlee played down the stretch and even had a big-time block on Boogie. Jokic is probably going to start on Monday, so expect Plumlee to be around 18-20 minutes. With four games next week, he's still an option if you need a center in a deeper league.
Dec 16 - 2:47 AM

Nikola Jokic (ankle) returned on Friday with 13 points, 11 rebounds, four assists and one 3-pointer in 22 minutes off the bench against the Pelicans.

There were some clear restrictions and he only was used in a couple situational spots in overtime with one of those times being an inbounds pass. Coach Mike Malone held him out on Wednesday, saying it was more about the mental concerns. Jokic did look rusty in his first stint, but he looked much better as the game went along. He'll get Saturday and Sunday off before he gets the Thunder in OKC on Monday. The Nuggets get four fun road games next week against OKC, Minnesota, Portland and Golden State.
Dec 16 - 2:44 AM

Malik Beasley did not score in 10 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

It was a little surprising to see Torrey Craig hop over Beasley in the pecking order, but Beasley is probably going to be in the rotation with Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) getting hurt. We'd still add Craig before Beasley in a deep league.
Dec 16 - 2:34 AM

Will Barton got hot late against the Pelicans on Friday, finishing with 19 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals and two 3-pointers in 32 minutes.

It was a Thriller night in OT as Barton scored 11 of the Nuggets' 13 points in overtime, including the first 10 points. With Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) going down, that should mean we see even more Barton at the one, which has been a key wrinkle of coach Mike Malone's rotation this season. Barton was in discomfort at times during this game and maybe he's not 100 percent after a back injury kept him out Wednesday, but he's a must-start player in fantasy right now.
Dec 16 - 2:30 AM

Trey Lyles scored 19 points with seven rebounds, three assists, three steals and four 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

He played the entire overtime period and all of the fourth quarter to help get this comeback win. We know coach Mike Malone is all about the hot hand approach, and Lyles certainly has it with at least 26 minutes in four straight, averaging 18.3 points, 5.5 boards, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals and 3.3 treys on a pristine 79.1 TS% in those four. He's creeping onto the radar in standard leagues in a hurry, so give him a look if you don't like the guy at the end of your bench.
Dec 16 - 2:22 AM

Kenneth Faried scored two points with one rebound and one assist in six minutes against the Pelicans on Friday.

It's pretty clear that Trey Lyles is ahead of him for power forward minutes and Mason Plumlee looks like he has the backup center locked up. Faried is probably going to be a DNP-CD his next time out.
Dec 16 - 2:15 AM

Torrey Craig scored six points in his first NBA start on Friday, adding four rebounds, two assists, one steal, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 18 minutes.

He even had a big block on Jrue Holiday on the last play of regulation, so coach Mike Malone talked about his journey to get to this game. "He gets a call in the middle of nowhere Wisconsin. He gets an Uber. Gets a 4 a.m. wake-up call on a 5:15 flight," Malone said about joining the team. "He gets here for shootaround, I start him and put him in on the final play of regulation." This move to start him was probably about the matchup against a hot-shooting Pelicans team, but Craig played well enough to get another chance and Malone raved about him in the preseason. He's worth a look in deep leagues in an offense that is starting to click.
Dec 16 - 2:13 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle sprain) will not return to Friday's game vs. the Pelicans.

He left for the locker room right before halftime and was ruled out prior to the second half. With Mudiay out, Jamal Murray will see a bump in minutes and Will Barton could benefit as well as the primary ball-handler for the second unit. Mudiay finished with four points and three assists in eight minutes.
Dec 15 - 10:24 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay left Friday's game vs. the Pelicans after appearing to tweak his ankle.

He was seen talking with the trainers on the sideline first before heading back to the locker room. Mudiay will be evaluated at halftime and we should have an official update from the Nuggets soon. If he can't return, Jamal Murray would have to soak up some extra minutes in addition to Will Barton.
Dec 15 - 10:02 PM

Updating a previous report, Nikola Jokic (ankle) is coming off the bench on Friday vs. the Pelicans.

He's still fully expected to play, but this will keep his minutes in check. Coach Mike Malone didn't mention a specific number for his restrictions and simply said he'd play a "reasonable amount of minutes."
Dec 15 - 8:39 PM


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