Nuggets Season Preview


Dominic McGath, Journalist

Have you been waiting for what feels like forever for NBA basketball to come back? As you probably know, the NBA is officially back for the 2019-2020 season.  The Denver Nuggets played the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday for our season opener. This was the perfect chance for revenge at the Trail Blazers as Portland took the nuggets out in a 7 game series last year to play in the third round of the postseason. The Nuggets capitalized on that opportunity by beating Portland 108-100. 

Last year for the nuggets was a very successful even though we didn’t make it to the finals. The Nuggets averages 110 points per game and allowing 106 points per game. Denver secured a #2 seed in the Western Conference with a 54-28 record. This was very impressive because the Western conference was very competitive and had many contenders.  Being #2 we played the #7 Spurs in our first postseason series since the 2012-13 season. In the series Denver beat San Antonio in a 4-3, 7 game series. The next series was against the Portland Trailblazers. This series was also intense and went to a game 7. This time though, the nuggets fell to the Trailblazers and their season ended.

The Denver Nuggets have many great athletes on their roster but some stick out more than others.  Starting at point guard this year is Jamal Murry. Murry has a career average of 14.9 points per game and started this year off with a 14 point game. Starting at shooting guard is Gary Harris. Gary Harris is a solid shooting guard averaging 12.3 points a game in his total career. Although many people may disagree with it, starting at Shooting Forward is Will Barton. Barton averaged 14 points per game in the 2018-2019 season. He started the season off with a 19 point game. Paul Millsap starts at the Power Forward position. He started the year off with 11 points. Finally at Center,  Nikola Jokic aka “The Joker” starts. The Joker is ranked #11 in the best player list according to NBC Sports. Jokic also lead the Nuggets in Points Per Game, Rebounds Per Game, Assists Per Game, and Steals Per Game last year. These starters are expected to have a great year. 

I went around the school and asked a few questions about the Nuggets. One question I asked was “Do you think the Nuggets will make the playoffs this year? If so what seed do you think they’ll get?”. Out of the 11 people that I Surveyed, only 1 person said no. Everyone else said that they would. The seeds ranged from 8th to 2nd. The most predicted seed was the 4th seed. Another question asked was “Who is the Nuggets best player?” 4 of the 11 said that Jamal Murry was the best, while all of the others were for the All-Star Nikola Jokic.  One last question asked was “How often do you watch the Nugget Games?” Most people interviewed said they rarely or never watch the games. Although everyone has high expectations for the Nuggets, surprisingly, only 1 person interviewed actually watched constantly. The NBA and fans have high expectations for Denver this year, and Denver has the team to do it. From our starters and off the bench players to our new rookies, the Nuggets are stacked with all the right tools to be a real contender this year.