Four-time NBA All-Star Paul Millsap is on his way to the Denver Nuggets.
The Vertical’s Shams Charania first had the news:
Here’s a look at what the new roster and potential starting lineup–it’s still unclear who will start at point guard–may look like:
PG: Jamal Murray, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jameer Nelson, Monte Morris
SG: Gary Harris, Will Barton, Malik Beasley
SF: Wilson Chandler, Juan Hernangomez, Mike Miller, Vlatko Cancar
PF: Paul Millsap, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Trey Lyles, Tyler Lydon
C: Nikola Jokic
Free Agents: Danilo Gallinari, Mason Plumlee, Roy Hibbert
Philadelphia is likely going to be the Association’s most popular League Pass team in 2017-18, but the Nuggets won’t be far behind.
The frontcourt alone would be so damn entertaining, starting with Nikola Jokic, who is easily one of the most entertaining young players in the league. Though he has the athleticism that you might expect from a guy who used to drink three liters of soda every day, his blend of ball-handling, vision and passing is thoroughly absurd for a player his size. Now you add in Millsap, a guy who has been to the last four All-Star games and can stretch the floor and score in a variety of ways.
While he may not shoot it as well as Danilo Gallinari, Millsap is a much more willing and capable passer. The spacing and ball movement from this squad is going to be a joy to watch. Perhaps more importantly from Denver’s perspective, Millsap is also a much better defender than Gallinari and should instantly improve one of the team’s biggest weaknesses from a year ago.
And the rest of the roster is really fun, too. Gary Harris averaged 16.8 points on a ridiculous 53.3 percent shooting post-All-Star break last year, and the 22-year-old looks ready to transform into a star. Jamal Murray, still only 20 years old, has already shown glimpses of being a dangerous scorer. Wilson Chandler quietly averaged a career-high 15.7 points per game last year. Juan Hernangomez is an enticing young prospect, and there are a handful of other quality role players with Emmanuel Mudiay, Jameer Nelson, Will Barton and Kenneth Faried.
It seems like everyone is improving in the West, but this move certainly helps the Nuggets keep pace. After narrowly missing the postseason last year, they look ready to end the four-year playoff drought.