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Denver Nuggets 20(20-)21 starting lineup 

Post#1 » by THE J0KER » Sat Nov 21, 2020 8:07 am

We played the 2020 playoff mostly with the Murray-Harris-Grant-Millsap-Jokic starting lineup. Right now only Murray and Jokic are sure to be starters in the upcoming 2020-21 season. Grant is gone, maybe Millsap too (even if he stays it is a big question will he be the starter again at 36). Harris will maybe hold his starter's SG job, maybe will be traded, maybe will be replaced with Barton. Until Denver not sign or trade for some notable name, the only sure new starter is (of course) Michael Porter jr.

The front office tried to get Jrue Holiday via trade and to re-sign Jeramy Grant, to create a super-competitive starting lineup (Murray-Jrue-Porter-Grant-Jokic would be TOP3 contenders!), but unfortunately failed. I will not blame them too much, desperate Bucks package offer for Jrue is really big, and 20M Detroit offered Grant per season is much more than 15M-16M I expected that is his price.

After first free agency night, our starting lineup is:
Murray-Harris-Barton-Porter-Jokic
or maybe
Murray-(Harris/Barton)-Porter-(Bol/Green)-Jokic
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Re: Denver Nuggets 20(20-)21 starting lineup 

Post#2 » by Mac1958 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:38 am

THE J0KER wrote:We played the 2020 playoff mostly with the Murray-Harris-Grant-Millsap-Jokic starting lineup. Right now only Murray and Jokic are sure to be starters in the upcoming 2020-21 season. Grant is gone, maybe Millsap too (even if he stays it is a big question will he be the starter again at 36). Harris will maybe hold his starter's SG job, maybe will be traded, maybe will be replaced with Barton. Until Denver not sign or trade for some notable name, the only sure new starter is (of course) Michael Porter jr.

The front office tried to get Jrue Holiday via trade and to re-sign Jeramy Grant, to create a super-competitive starting lineup (Murray-Jrue-Porter-Grant-Jokic would be TOP3 contenders!), but unfortunately failed. I will not blame them too much, desperate Bucks package offer for Jrue is really big, and 20M Detroit offered Grant per season is much more than 15M-16M I expected that is his price.

After first free agency night, our starting lineup is:
Murray-Harris-Barton-Porter-Jokic
or maybe
Murray-(Harris/Barton)-Porter-(Bol/Green)-Jokic


Losing three regular-rotation bigs (Millsap, Grant, Plumlee) from a Western Conference finalist is definitely a big deal. It's hard to imagine that Nnaji will be able to contribute much, but I guess you never know. And I hadn't thought about Porter at the 4, but I don't know if he's a fit there. Green? Rotation maybe, but not a starter.

And I'm definitely having my doubts about Harris. That vaunted depth has definitely thinned out.

Yikes. I assume the FO is on the phone.
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Re: Denver Nuggets 20(20-)21 starting lineup 

Post#3 » by NuggetsWY » Sat Nov 21, 2020 3:02 pm

I expect Green to be a starter. He's got an acceptable, but not great 3pt shot. 7 pts & 6 boards in 21 minutes last year and that's fine for Denver. Remember that he's not going to be the focus of the offense. His points will come from hustle and hopefully he'll increase his offensive rebounding. Our offense is based on Jokic & Murray along with the wings.

Remember also, that we do not need massive minutes from Green. We'll have to see what other big(s) the Nuggets sign plus Bol, Cancar, Porter can all play some minutes at PF.
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Post#4 » by skywalker33 » Sat Nov 21, 2020 7:36 pm

Our current (15-man) roster looks something like this:

PG Murray, Morris, Campazzo, Dozier
SG Harris, Barton, Hampton
SF Porter Jr, Diop-Bates, Cancar
PF Green, Bol
C Jokic, Bol, Nnaji

2-way PG Howard, PF Cook (?)

Looks like we can use another PF (Millsap ?) unless MPJ or KDB/Cancar are pulling double duty. I could see Nnaji getting some mins there while the position is in flux
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Re: Denver Nuggets 20(20-)21 starting lineup 

Post#5 » by NuggetsWY » Mon Nov 23, 2020 7:46 pm

Looking a little better - in fact, I'm liking what I see

Jokic - Hartenstein
Green - Millsap - Bol - Nnaji
Porter - Barton - Cancar
Harris - Hampton
Murray - Morris - Dozier - Campazzo

Two-Way - Howard

Bol & Nnaji are a little too light to truly be centers, so I'll call them PFs.

Malone's Nine-Man Rotation?
Jokic - Hartenstein
Green - Millsap
Porter - Barton
Harris - [Barton & Murray]
Murray - Morris
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Post#6 » by THE J0KER » Mon Nov 23, 2020 9:39 pm

In the playoff, not more than 10 players will be used. Injuries and some changes are possible, but I see it right now like this:

PG Murray(25), Morris(23)
SG Harris(25), Murray(13), Barton(10)
SF Porter(25), Barton(13), Green(5), Bol(5)
PF Millsap(20), Bol(10), Green(10), Porter(8)
C Jokic(38), Hartenstein(7), Millsap(3)

PLAYOFF PLAYING TIME: Murray(38), JOKIC(38), Porter(33), Harris(25), Barton(23), Morris(23), Millsap(23), Green(15), Bol(15), Hartenstein(7)
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Post#7 » by eathb_au » Mon Nov 23, 2020 11:35 pm

I lean towards MPJ (needs to 100% happen) and Green starting too. Basically solves our rebounding and floor spacing issues from the playoffs
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Post#8 » by The Rebel » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:23 am

I don't see anyway that Millsap don't start, but I think his minutes will be very limited throughout most of the season. I see the rotation being pretty big early in the season and gradually being cut down as guys get hurt and young guys outplay the older guys.

To start the season
Murray (28)/ Morris (20)
Harris (20)/ Campazzo (20)/ Morris (4)/ Barton (4)
MPJ (25)/ Barton (23)
Millsap (15)/ Green (15 mpg)/ Bol (18)
Jokic (28)/ Hartenstein (15)/ Green (3)

By the trade deadline I Hope to see a trade for a better starting PF, and if the new/young guys play well enough we might.
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Post#9 » by psimanic1 » Tue Nov 24, 2020 4:46 pm

Denver’s Bol Bol has agreed to a new two-year, $4.2M deal with the Nuggets, his agents Andrew Morrison and Sam Rose of CAA Sports tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.

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