Player News - Nuggets

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Emmanuel Mudiay will replace defending champ Patrick Beverley (ankle) in the Skill Challenge.

Mudiay will be going up against DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Green, Anthony Davis, C.J. McCollum, Karl-Anthony Towns, Isaiah Thomas and Jordan Clarkson to determine who is best at throwing a basketball through a tire.
Feb 11 - 4:40 PM

Kenneth Faried played only 18 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, shooting 6-of-9 from the field to finish with 12 points, six rebounds and one assist.

Faried committed a few quick fouls in the second quarter which earned him a seat, and Mike Malone found success with a Nurkic/Gallinari frontcourt down the stretch. This was a fluky outcome and Faried's owners should expect him to resume playing 26-28 minutes vs. the Kings on Feb. 19.
Feb 11 - 12:46 AM

Jusuf Nurkic came to life vs. the Pistons on Wednesday with 16 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 11 rebounds, two assists, one steal and one block in 24 minutes.

Nurkic played the final 15 minutes of the game ahead of Nikola Jokic, which is a terrific sign for anyone who has him stashed away. He'd exceeded the 20-minute mark just once all season prior to this double-double, and this is enough incentive to grab him in deeper formats. Owners in 12-team leagues may want to wait until the other side of the break before tying up a roster spot with the trade deadline impending.
Feb 11 - 12:46 AM

Nikola Jokic played 25 minutes on Wednesday and posted five points, six rebounds, two assists, one steal and one turnover vs. the Pistons.

He was limited to 14 minutes vs. Brooklyn on Monday but had better luck in that department, despite a touch matchup vs. Andre Drummond. Jokic played 1:09 alongside Jusuf Nurkic in the first half, but that's a pairing that coach Mike Malone still doesn't seem to like. The good news is that Jokic doesn't need many minutes to be productive -- he's been a top-50 value (9-cat) since Jan. 1, despite averaging a mere 21.6 minutes per game. Imagine what he could do if the Nuggets fully unleash him.
Feb 11 - 12:45 AM

Emmanuel Mudiay hit 6-of-12 shots to finish Wednesday's victory with 14 points, four rebounds, six assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

Mudiay is killing his fantasy value with low-efficiency scoring, so it's great to see him effective in that department tonight -- he's made more than half of his shots just once all season. The rookie should get plenty of opportunities as the Nuggets' season comes to an end, but he's still best suited to points leagues.
Feb 11 - 12:44 AM

Joffrey Lauvergne came off the bench for four points, four rebounds and two assists in 21 minutes during Wednesday's road win in Detroit.

He played 29 minutes on Sunday, nearly fell out of the rotation on Monday, and was back in Mike Malone's good graces tonight. Lauvergne's role is too mercurial to trust him in nearly any league, and things will only get worse if Darrell Arthur (quad) is still around after the trade deadline.
Feb 11 - 12:43 AM

Will Barton played only 22 minutes vs. Detroit on Wednesday, but he scored 20 points on 7-of-12 FGs and 5-of-6 FTs, with five boards, two assists, two steals, one block and one 3-pointer.

Mike Malone heaped praise on Barton recently, saying, "He's been very impressive. He's up for Most Improved Player and Sixth Man of the Year for a reason, right?" That didn't earn Barton much playing time tonight, however, and it'll be hard for him to be more than a mid-round option while logging 25-28 minutes a night.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 11 - 12:43 AM

Jameer Nelson (wrist) didn't play vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.

The veteran has no timetable so it's logical that Denver held him out through the All-Star break. Emmanuel Mudiay is playing huge minutes in Nelson's absence, with Randy Foye (six points in 21 minutes) filling in as a makeshift backup PG.
Feb 11 - 12:42 AM

Darrell Arthur (quad) didn't leave the Nuggets' bench on Wednesday.

He was doubtful to play so this shouldn't have surprised fantasy owners, and his absence shifted more minutes to Jusuf Nurkic and Joffrey Lauvergne. Arthur has been listed as day-to-day, so he should be ready to go after getting more than a week of rest during the break.
Feb 11 - 12:41 AM

The Raptors are reportedly interested in adding a power forward at the deadline.

Names such as Kenneth Faried, Thaddeus Young and Markieff Morris have surfaced as potential targets for the Raptors, although it's worth noting that these rumors have not come directly from Toronto's side. Faried is not on the trading block according to Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post, and Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov has said that he'd like to keep Brook Lopez and Young together. Morris has some obvious attitude concerns, and could disrupt the chemistry in Toronto's locker room, so we're a bit skeptical that the Raptors make a deal at the deadline.
Source: TSN
Feb 10 - 11:36 AM

Danilo Gallinari scored 24 points vs. the Nets on Monday with seven assists, three boards, two steals and four 3-pointers in 41 minutes.

He played a lot of stretch four tonight because of Thaddeus Young's mobility, and he was able to shoot a respectable 7-of-16 from the field. He had a rough outing vs. the Knicks on Sunday with 19 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but the Nuggets absolutely love him and he will likely be a top-50 player in fantasy leagues the rest of the way.
Feb 8 - 10:55 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay shot just 3-of-10 from the field on Monday vs. the Nets for seven points, eight assists, six boards and two steals in 35 minutes.

The shooting was rough and he had four turnovers, but the rookie is showing signs of improvement. He had his first zero-turnover game of the season on Sunday vs. the Knicks and also had 15 points with nine assists, but tonight's performance is a good reason why owners in standard leagues should pump the brakes. Until he improves his efficiency, Mudiay is better suited for points leagues.
Feb 8 - 10:52 PM

Kenneth Faried scored 22 points with 13 boards, two assists and one block in 29 minutes vs. the Nets on Monday.

He would've had the game-winning layup off an impressive drive, but Joe Johnson banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer for the Nets. Faried had a couple of nasty fouls tonight, but he looked great down the stretch and closed out the game beside Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt. A recent report by the Denver Post said it would take a "too good to be true" offer to convince the Nuggets to part ways with the Manimal at the deadline, so his value should be safe.
Feb 8 - 10:47 PM

Nikola Jokic played just 14 minutes in Monday's loss to the Nets, scoring two points with three boards, one steal and one turnover.

He struggled against Brook Lopez and shot just 1-of-5 from the field. The Nuggets gave Jusuf Nurkic 17 minutes and played Kenneth Faried next to Danilo Gallinari in the frontcourt down the stretch, so this was likely just a matchup-based decision. Jokic also played just 19 minutes vs. the Knicks on Sunday, but it's still not time for his owners to panic. Stick with him and expect him to be much better vs. the Pistons on Wednesday.
Feb 8 - 10:42 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played through a tweaked left ankle on Monday vs. the Nets, scoring eight points with six boards, one assist and two steals in 17 minutes.

He briefly went to the locker room, but he likely just got his ankle re-taped and it didn't seem to bother him the rest of the way. Nurkic shot just 3-of-9 from the field, but he at least hit both of his free throws. Nikola Jokic only played 14 minutes tonight, but to be clear, Jokic is still the center to own in Denver and it's not even close. For now, Nurkic is just a stash in deeper leagues to see if he can find the form that he had last season.
Feb 8 - 10:24 PM


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