Player News - Nuggets

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Nikola Jokic made 0-of-3 from the field and didn't go to the line during a 96-79 win over the Kings on Saturday, adding nine rebounds, seven assists, one steal and three turnovers in 30 minutes.

It's not often you'll see a guy go scoreless and lead his team in plus-minus at +21. Jokic's scoring is way down so far this year with just seven points in the opener, but he gets a pass for that one against Rudy Gobert. This one? Well, who knows? Whatever the case, Jokic is still the focal point of this offense and he should be an elite fantasy asset.
Oct 22 - 1:39 AM

Gary Harris scored 17 points with one assist, one steal and three 3-pointers in 30 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He just keeps making plays on both ends and it feels like coach Mike Malone is allowing Harris to do more as an offensive weapon. Harris is one of the most efficient guards in the NBA and he looks like he'll add more well-rounded stat lines in career-high playing time. He could be even better than his breakout year last season.
Oct 22 - 1:33 AM

Wilson Chandler made 2-of-8 from the field for five points with 12 rebounds, four assists, one steal and one 3-pointer in 30 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He's gone through countless shooting slumps and made just 4-of-11 in the opener, but Chandler is getting minutes and he has his much-desired consistent role as a small forward. He should still be worth owning in standard leagues while he's healthy.
Oct 22 - 1:23 AM

Mason Plumlee scored six points with three rebounds and one assist in 11 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

He lost some minutes to Kenneth Faried as the backup five and coach Mike Malone probably won't be using him next to Nikola Jokic too much, so he's only a handcuff to The Joker.
Oct 22 - 1:21 AM

Juancho Hernangomez played seven minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Just like his brother, Willy, he's not really in the rotation right now. Hernangomez does play both forward spots, so he has a few ways to get minutes.
Oct 22 - 1:19 AM

Will Barton scored 15 points with five rebounds, three assists, one steal and three 3-pointers in 28 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

The best news for Barton is that coach Mike Malone is only going with Barton as a bench wing. He's handling the ball a good amount and will always carry the second unit on the offensive end. He should be owned in all leagues.
Oct 22 - 1:16 AM

Jamal Murray made 1-of-9 from the field for two points with two rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover in 20 minutes against the Kings on Saturday.

Garbage time hurt him here with Emmanuel Mudiay playing the entire fourth quarter during this 96-79 win. A good piece of news is that coach Mike Malone did not run out any no-PG lineups in this game, so that should help Murray in the 24-28 minute range most nights when the game is close. He's still playing well on defense and he still looks like he'll be starting, so he's a hold in all standard leagues.
Oct 22 - 1:12 AM

Josh Childress has signed a contract to play for the Adelaide 36ers of the Australian NBL.

Childress was invited to the Nuggets training camp last month but was unable to land a spot on the team's final 15-man roster. He's unlikely to resurface in the NBA again.
Oct 21 - 9:23 AM

Coach Mike Malone said Jamal Murray won the starting job because of how he fits with the starters.

"It wasn't so much that Jamal blew everybody out of the water," Malone added. It was a quiet night for Murray with just eight points, two boards, two assists and two 3-pointers in 20 minutes, and perhaps the worse part is how much Gary Harris handled the ball. In fact. Malone used a backcourt combo with Harris and Will Barton for a whopping 11 minutes, so that's something to watch. This game was against the Jazz and Murray fits this potent offense very well, so his fantasy owners should give him a fairly long leash.
Oct 19 - 5:05 PM

Kenneth Faried played six minutes off the bench vs. Utah, scoring two points with one rebound and one turnover.

Faried has been blunt about his desire to start, even suggesting (incorrectly) that there are "29 other teams" who might want him as their starting PF. His lack of shooting range and struggles at the free-throw line are a poor fit in today's NBA, and it would take an ideal turn of events for him to help owners in 12-team leagues.
Oct 19 - 2:06 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench on Wednesday for eight points, two assists and one rebound in 19 minutes.

Mudiay made both of his 3-point attempts but he's an unlikely fantasy option in most circumstances, at least while Jamal Murray and Gary Harris are healthy. The Nuggets did waive Jameer Nelson on Wednesday, however, so Mudiay should at least stick in the rotation.
Oct 19 - 2:05 AM

Jamal Murray was quiet despite starting Wednesday's game, going 2-of-6 from the field to finish with eight points, two rebounds, two assists and three turnovers in 20 minutes.

Murray hit two 3-pointers but this isn't what we wanted to see from the nominal starting PG. Gary Harris and Will Barton wound up doing most of the heavy lifting, and Denver rolled without a true PG for stretches, but there's no need to overreact after one game. Murray already showed what he's capable of last year, despite playing through core-muscle injuries, and it's a matter of time before he erupts.
Oct 19 - 2:04 AM

Will Barton scored a team-high 23 points off the bench in Wednesday's opener, making 8-of-14 FGs with three 3-pointers, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block.

Barton also went 4-of-4 at the line during 31 minutes of action, and he was one of the few bright spots for Denver during their opening-night defeat. He tends to get lost in the mix for fantasy purposes, but there are plenty of reasons to like him -- he's entering his prime, he has demonstrated top-100 value in category leagues (2015-16), and he's playing for a massive payday in the final year of his contract.
Oct 19 - 2:03 AM

Making his Nuggets debut on Wednesday, Paul Millsap notched 19 points, six rebounds, one assist and one 3-pointer in 34 minutes.

Millsap made 7-of-15 FGs and 4-of-5 FTs, but he also coughed up five turnovers without any steals or blocks to compensate. He took five of the Nuggets' 27 attempts from deep tonight, which is positive, and should steadily improve as a featured scorer on his new team.
Oct 19 - 2:02 AM

Nikola Jokic grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out eight assists on Wednesday, but he scored just seven points on 3-of-10 shooting without any defensive stats.

It was a mixed start to the season for Jokic, who also hit one 3-pointer with four turnovers and zero free throw attempts. Rudy Gobert tends to have a chilling effect on opposing centers, of course, and we're expecting a better outing vs. Willie Cauley-Stein and the Kings on Saturday.
Oct 19 - 2:01 AM


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