The Denver Nuggets get their preseason underway with a matchup against the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
Take a deep breath everyone. This absolutely ludicrous NBA offseason is finally winding down and preseason basketball is upon us. The Denver Nuggets will make a trip to the Oracle Arena in Oakland to take on the defending champions, the Golden State Warriors.
The game tips off at 5:30 pm MT but unfortunately, Altitude TV will not be airing the game. Those of you who have purchased your league pass already should be able to tune in. For the rest, you may be forced to resign to scrolling through twitter and refreshing your NBA app for updates on this one.
The Nuggets head into the game with a somewhat clear picture of what their starting lineup will look like. Gary Harris, Wilson Chandler, Paul Millsap and Nikola Jokic will all be on the floor when the game tips off. But coach Malone has yet to announce who will start at the one.
The story of training camp so far has been the position battle at the point guard spot. While Murray appears to carry more upside and have the favor of the fans, Mudiay has apparently impressed his coach in the early days of training camp.
Beyond the point guard battle, the Nuggets will have more to sort out regarding their depth chart. The addition of Paul Millsap is an objectively good one, but it does create it’s own set of problems. The Nuggets have a small army of power forwards and only so much playing time to dole out.
Millsap’s presence means that Kenneth Faried must come off the bench. As we learned on media day, that doesn’t exactly sit well with the Manimal. Even if Faried remains with the team, Malone has already stated that Trey Lyles is in the running for a good share of those back up minutes as well. He should see some time with multiple lineups tonight.
If Faried and Lyles are fighting for the back up minutes then that leaves Juan Hernangomez at the back of a nasty log jam. The team has expressed an interest in trying him out at the small forward slot. That’s something we saw glimpses of in Summer League. Perhaps the preseason will provide Malone with more opportunities to play him there.
This game won’t count towards the Nuggets record, but it is a great opportunity to start the season off on the right foot. If nothing else, it will provide Nuggets fans with their first real look at the Millsap-Jokic combination. Dig In Denver will have you covered on the post game.