The Nuggets defeated the Jazz and the Clippers in the playoffs, reached the Western Conference Finals, and once beat the Lakers. Not only did they become the most exciting team in the Western Conference this year, they also completely changed their originality. The image in the mind of the outside world.
It's a good thing to be squarely recognized and recognized for their strength, but... this doesn't mean they are good enough to make their opponents feel terrified.
Although the Nuggets played all the way to the Western Conference Finals, don’t forget that they were once led by the Jazz, Clippers, and Lakers. He didn't give it up, he lost.
Awesome, but not stable enough, is a big problem for the Nuggets. And this is where they need to strengthen this offseason or in the future.
The Nuggets’ offensive starter style is very concentrated. Either Murray plays singles or Jokic holds the ball, and then Murray and Jokic’s pick-and-roll starts. Almost all offenses have to go through their hands. , To spread to other points.
And the competitive state of these two players will directly determine the offensive level of the Nuggets team.
Take Murray’s performance in this year’s playoffs as an example. In winning games, he averaged 31.9 points per game and shot 55.4%+53.4% per game. When he lost, he averaged 21.7 points. The hit rate is 45.1%+35.9%. Although it's still not bad, let alone the huge fluctuations in efficiency, the score is only 10.2 points worse.
以穆雷在今年季后赛中的表现为例。在获胜游戏中，他平均每场获得31.9分，平均每场命中55.4％+ 53.4％。当他输球时，他场均得到21.7分。命中率是45.1％+ 35.9％。虽然还算不错，但更不用说效率的巨大波动了，分数仅差了10.2分。
To the Nuggets, Jokic is like a brain. It is the cornerstone of the bottom. He controls the scheduling of the ball. Everyone around him can be used by him to attack opponents. Murray is the sharpest blade among them. . His output efficiency can be increased to geometric, which will determine the upper limit of the Nuggets team.
If Murray can evolve in the direction of Curry, the Nuggets will undoubtedly become very scary. But what if not? Establishing a third reliable offensive point is very important for the Nuggets.
It stands to reason that Michael Porter should be the best candidate. However, considering that he is still just a rookie, it still takes a certain amount of time to grow up. During this cycle, the pressure on the team's salary will gradually increase. All future unknowns and risks, including potential injury hazards, will be discovered. Kim will bear it himself. There are too many uncertain factors here, and any fluctuations may push the Nuggets to the other end of history.
Therefore, although the Nuggets’ attitude is “it’s unlikely to trade Porter”, they didn’t completely say it. In other words, as long as there is a chance to get a third star, the Nuggets are willing to put Porter on the negotiating table.
In that case, I think the Nuggets should actively try to promote the Bradley Beal trade.
As a scorer, Bradley is comprehensive enough, started as a shooter, proficient in off-the-ball running, able to intersperse with off-ball screens, and has experience in cooperating with excellent ball handlers. At the same time, in recent years, the experience of leading the team alone in the Wizards has also honed Bill's offensive creativity, and his ability to control the ball and attack independently is on the rise.
I think he can play the role the Nuggets want him to play well:
-When he is on the court with Jokic and Murray at the same time, he can walk around the side off the ball to contain the defense, use the pick and roll to find opportunities for air cuts and catch and shoot;
-When he appears in a lineup without Jokic, he can take on the responsibilities of the core of the ball and play with Murray.
Bill is a well-adapted, mature star who has withstood the test of a big battle. The Nuggets need such players, and this will be a deal that will push them into the new world.
Another player that can be considered is Jrue Holiday.
Holiday's performance on the defensive end is much better, the offensive end has stronger organizational skills and ball-holding attributes, but all aspects tend to be stable. It's a player who can't go wrong anywhere, but may not give you much surprise and room for reverie. It feels a bit similar to Conley.
In contrast, the price to be paid in exchange for Holiday is a bit smaller, but correspondingly, his contract period is shorter, and he can choose to step out of his contract next summer and become a free agent. And Bill's contract has at least two years left, leaving the Nuggets to test and run-in a longer cycle, and next year's salary is relatively low, it will not be very difficult to balance.
Of course, if you can switch to James Harden while maintaining dual-core. That... naturally better.
The filling of star resources is part of it, and I think the other side that the Nuggets need to reinforce is space.
Players on the Nuggets can basically shoot, but many of them are only limited to one shot. The overall three-pointer level is in the middle and lower reaches of the league.
In this year's playoffs, we also saw the way the opponents deal with the poor long-range shots of individual Nuggets players. They will appropriately vacate the air, and Tengbing will go to the penalty area to assist in defense and flanking. The Nuggets' response is to let the short-cut players make short cuts, and then use Jokic's height vision and passing ability to make the opponent pay the price.
The non-ball players are constantly running and interspersed, which is the characteristic of the Nuggets team. Using an empty cut to respond to the empty is naturally an excellent way to cope. But I think increasing their space points on the court will help them strengthen this characteristic. Not only can it increase the opponent's pinch cost, but it is also more conducive to Jokic's one-on-one precision ravages in the low post. After all, there are too few players in the current league that can limit Jokic alone.
As for the optional reinforcement methods, there are actually many.
In terms of salary space, the Nuggets are relatively healthy. Grant has just overshot after renewing his contract. There are also full middle class and bi-year exceptions that can be used for free agent signing.
In terms of transactions, Harris and Button, in addition to being used to balance the star contract, also have the opportunity to be split and used as filling for role players.
Generally speaking, the Nuggets are a team that has a good salary and also has a premium contract that can be used to balance the salary and high-quality young assets. This structure determines their ability to plan a variety of different reinforcement plans in the offseason-including Stud to save a super team.
Although everyone still habitually focuses on the Lakers, Clippers, Rockets, and Warriors teams, I think that the unknown possibilities contained in the Nuggets are the opportunity to push them to number one in the West. The player's throne.