The Nuggets have one thing that a lot of other teams do not, plenty of trade bait.
Like Minnesota, Denver is full of young talented players at every position. Get this, the Nuggets have 18 players under the age of 30 and eight players under 23. Clearly not all of the players will make the final cut, but still, that is a lot of options for any team.
The strongest area on Denver’s team is their backcourt. You can’t go wrong with Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Will Barton, and rookies Malik Beasley and Jamal Murray. All that talent is a blessing and a curse at the same time. If you keep all those players, your backcourt would be set for years to come with growth and experience. However, on the other hand, keeping too many good players can and probably will cause conflict and could stunt the whole team’s growth. Players with potential like that need minutes. There may not be enough of those to go around..
Denver’s front court is not lacking with talent either. Led by veteran Danilo Gallinari, the Nuggets have Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkic and Nikola Jokic. Each player has showed flashes of brilliance and they have a bright future.
Faried, however, is sort of a different story. His name has been is trade rumors for the past two year and yet he is still on the team. He is a high-energy player that could help any team. His lack on offense is a problem for Denver in the half court, but he’s a ferocious rebounder. Faried would be the ideal trade piece for Denver to ship out first.
The one thing Denver is missing however is a star that could take them over the top. If you look at the other young teams in the NBA, Minnesota has Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns , while Phoenix has Devin Booker . Denver hopes that Mudiay and Murray could fill those roles, but Mudiay struggled more than expected last year and Murray is still unproven.
Denver is a young team that is stocked with talent. Which talents will pan out and which will be shipped are the questions that will need to be answered by seasons end.