Player News - Nuggets

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Nikola Jokic was effective in his 28 minutes off the bench during a 92-85 loss to the Wizards on Thursday, scoring 17 points with 11 rebounds, one assist and one block.

While the Nuggets have fared well with their second unit lately, that wasn't the case tonight. It wasn't Jokic's fault and he put forth quite the effort with his seven offensive boards. Even though he's not expected to start right now, Jokic's slow start is behind him. He's back to being a must-start option and continues to earn minutes. It is worth mentioning he is still wearing a brace on his wrist.
Dec 8 - 10:38 PM

Jusuf Nurkic played well in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Thursday, making all six attempts from the field for 13 points with seven rebounds and one assist in 21 minutes.

He actually played a decent defensive game. Nikola Jokic is coming on strong and did close this game over Nurkic, but this was Nurkic's best game of the month by far. He's still not quite doing enough to be used in standard leagues right now, but he does have a shred of stash appeal as long as you're OK with the ugly free throw shooting.
Dec 8 - 10:34 PM

Jameer Nelson played 36 minutes in the starting lineup against the Wizards on Thursday with 10 points, four rebounds, eight assists, two steals and four turnovers.

Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) did not play in this game due to a somewhat mysterious ankle injury. Considering how the Nuggets have been awful starting games and how Mudiay is struggling big time, Nelson may be getting a few more starts. If you need a point guard, Nelson could be your man. His long-term value is not a sure thing.
Dec 8 - 10:22 PM

Wilson Chandler made 2-of-16 from the field for a season-low five points against the Wizards on Thursday, adding eight rebounds, two assists, one steal and one 3-pointer.

This dud snaps his 13-game streak of double-digit scoring games. Even though Chandler may not start with Kenneth Faried in the doghouse, he should see heavy run in the second unit. Plus, coach Mike Malone loves keeping him out there with Nikola Jokic. As long as Chandler is healthy, he should post very nice value in most leagues.
Dec 8 - 10:17 PM

Will Barton played 43 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday with 11 points, two rebounds, three assists, three steals and one 3-pointer.

He said he was 100 percent and apparently he wasn't lying. Barton is likely going to move to the bench once Gary Harris (foot) can return to action, but he still will have value in the second unit. After all, Barton finished fourth in the Sixth Man of the Year voting last year -- he should've been higher, too. Barton's owners should stick with him for now, but expect a bit of a dip at some point.
Dec 8 - 10:05 PM

Jamal Murray played just 17 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday with six points, two rebounds, two assists, one steal, two 3-pointers and five turnovers.

With Will Barton eating up a whopping 43 minutes tonight and Jameer Nelson logging 36 minutes at the point, Murray only saw the remaining 12 minutes at the point and five minutes at the two. His playing time depends on how hot he is, so he'll be a hit-or-miss players most nights. His value will likely also take a hit once Gary Harris (foot) can return, which should be this month.
Dec 8 - 10:02 PM

Juan Hernangomez played 12 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday with three points, four rebounds and two assists.

He has been solid on defense and gives a lot of energy on that end. Hernangomez has hopped over Kenneth Faried for some of the backup frontcourt minutes, but he won't be playing too often unless Danilo Gallinari needs to miss time.
Dec 8 - 9:58 PM

Darrell Arthur played 20 minutes in the starting lineup on Thursday, scoring six points with three rebounds, four assists, one block and two 3-pointers.

He suffered a hand injury and was able to stay in the game. However, he had an issue with his leg and had the training staff check him out. Given Arthur's litany of leg issues in his career, it's possible he misses time. He'll be a risky asset in deeper leagues. We'll look for an update post-game.
Dec 8 - 9:54 PM

Kenneth Faried was a DNP-CD against the Wizards on Thursday.

From starter on Wednesday to out of the rotation on Thursday. Faried has been in coach Mike Malone's doghouse before, but this time it may be for a decent amount of time. The odds of Faried getting traded may be at an all-time high with guys like Juancho Hernangomez currently ahead of him. He may be back in the rotation at some point, but his short-term outlook looks bleak. He's a drop candidate in standard leagues.
Dec 8 - 9:43 PM

Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

He is firmly in coach Mike Malone's doghouse. Faried could eventually get out of said doghouse, but it'll be Darrell Arthur getting the first crack at minutes at the four. Faried owners should totally panic, but he certainly has lost value.
Dec 8 - 6:36 PM

The Nuggets will start Jameer Nelson, Will Barton, Danilo Gallinari, Darrell Arthur and Jusuf Nurkic against the Wizards on Thursday.

Nurkic has been really bad, especially on the defensive side of things. Expect coach Mike Malone to keep Nurkic on a very short leash tonight. If he gives up 3-pointers on 1-5 or 2-5 pick-and-roll plays, it might be it for him tonight. Nikola Jokic should still get most of the minutes and is trending up big time.
Dec 8 - 6:35 PM

Jameer Nelson will start for Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle) on Thursday.

He should get heavy run even though he's on a back-to-back set. This year, Nelson's minutes in back-to-backs are actually higher than his average. He's played very well lately and should be a top cheap option for DFS. For season long, he's more of a 14-team guy.
Dec 8 - 6:27 PM

Darrell Arthur will start and Kenneth Faried will move to the bench against the Wizards on Thursday.

This move was fully expected after coach Mike Malone benched Faried to start the second half on Wednesday. Malone likes Arthur for his defense, so that will be a big reason why he's in the mix. Arthur is a bit of a hit-or-miss option, but he could have a good game in a solid matchup. He has value in 16-team leagues.
Dec 8 - 6:25 PM

Updating a previous item, Emmanuel Mudiay (ankle, out for Thursday) tweaked his ankle on Wednesday and was ruled out after pre-game warmups on Thursday.

He is day-to-day for now. The Nuggets have been flat-out awful with Mudiay on the court in their last five, positing a net rating of -30.2 in those 126 minutes. Meanwhile, they were +12.6 in the minutes he wasn't on the court in that span. The Nuggets put Nikola Jokic (wrist) and Jamal Murray (quad) on the injury report for basically nothing, so this is still a strange report. Jameer Nelson should handle a ton of minutes while Jamal Murray also gets a bump.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: With Mudiay ruled out, both Jameer Nelson and Jamal Murray become very strong $/point plays across the industry. Mudiay had been losing playing time as it is - he carried a -26 last night in just 18 minutes on the floor - so both Murray and Nelson have been involved recently. Nelson has been seeing around 30 minutes a night with Murray in the mid-twenties, but both should clear the 30 minute mark tonight.
Dec 8 - 6:02 PM

Emmanuel Mudiay (right ankle sprain) will not play against the Wizards on Thursday night.

Wow. Mudiay did not appear to be hurt on Wednesday and was benched after just 18 minutes of action. This is one of those head-scratching injuries and comes just after coach Mike Malone said a lineup change could be coming. He also wasn't on the injury report this morning. Mudiay is a drop candidate in nine-category leagues. With him out, Jameer Nelson gets a massive boost while Jamal Murray should play some point guard minutes.
Dec 8 - 5:46 PM


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