Kiszla: Nuggets require to revamp starting lineup, bench guard Gary Harris after stumbling start to NBA season
Maybe it’s the Curse of Comcast, but any idea of the Nuggets as legit NBA championship contenders is rapidly fading to black. Have not had the ability to see this group on TELEVISION? Well, you haven’t missed out on much.
After 14 games in a strange season shaped by the coronavirus, Denver is not even among the leading eight teams in the Western Conference. Blame the sluggish start on anything you desire, from Jamal Murray’s creaky elbow to Jerami Grant’s affinity for Motown. Are the Nuggets anywhere near to gelling?
” I believe we’re getting truly close. Near to what? It remains to be seen,” coach Michael Malone stated Thursday.
” We’re improving. We’re improving. There’s no panic in our group.”
Yes, it is too early to panic. But it is not prematurely to acknowledge the truth. These Nuggets frequently play basketball as awful as their gosh-awful, brand-new Red Rocks uniforms, which look as if they were created by a young child doodling with a Sharpie on the household room wall.
Something has to alter. The Nuggets would be foolish to think absolutely nothing more than time and perseverance will cure their despair.
As constantly, I’m here to assist.
Gary Harris has actually stopped to be a quality NBA starter, much less a gamer who needs to get major minutes for a team that fancies itself a title contender. The persistent sorry state of Harris’ game considering that 2018 can no longer be excused by injury. With both his marksmanship from 3-point variety and his protective capability in decline, G-Money’s self-confidence appears to be in risk of personal bankruptcy.
Harris needs to be benched, and I strongly believe he would currently be traded, if anyone in the league believed he deserved anywhere near his $19 million income.
How far has Harris fallen? Even as a reserve shooting guard, PJ Dozier might be a more trustworthy choice. At this point, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly would be fortunate to get a jug of Chianti and a box of rigatoni in exchange for Harris from a group in Italy.
Eventually throughout what seems like an important stretch for the Nuggets, with five road video games in a period of 8 days, Malone needs to revamp his starting lineup.
Let Will Barton take over for Harris at shooting guard. Despite asking Barton to lead the group’s 2nd system and play behind Porter early in the season, Malone readily confesses Barton deserves to be a starter. That makes switching out Harris for Barton in the backcourt a no-brainer, does not it?
As quickly as Michael Porter Jr. rounds back into type after COVID-19 protocols forced an extended lack because late December, the beginning job at little forward needs to be gone back to the 22-year-old forward. “Hopefully he’ll have the ability to play at some point on this trip,” Malone said.
At this point in their particular professions, JaMychal Green is a better player than Paul Millsap. So a modification at power forward need to be pondered, also.
Method too frequently, these Nuggets resemble a legit MVP candidate in Jokic and a bunch of men who would rather be sitting on the couch at house with the family instead of bouncing around the nation, secured the hotel, while a fatal pandemic rages outside the windows of their rooms.
The Nuggets firmly insist that when the ding to Murray’s elbow heals and MPJ discovers his groove again, the team will play to its complete potential.
” We’re not where we wish to be yet,” said Barton, slowly returning to form after a discouraging knee injury avoided him from contributing to a deep playoff run in the NBA bubble.
” When it’s time to peak, I’ll be ready, since I know it’s going to occur for me and for this team.”
Riddle me this: With Joker averaging 25.1 points, 11.4 rebounds and 10.0 helps, how much better could the Nuggets possibly expect him to be?
” Nikola is a first-ballot Hall of Famer,” Malone said. “Nikola is the leading center in the world.”
Regrettable the Nuggets are losing that type of talent. I dislike to burst anyone’s bubble, however Jokic is going to have an extremely challenging time winning the MVP award if Denver fails to make the playoffs.