7. Nuggets: Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray
Despite missing two key members of their roster for the majority of their season, the Denver Nuggets were still able to make the playoffs last season. With both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. set to return next season, they should help the club to be a top contender next season.
It also helps that the Nuggets improved overall despite bringing in DeAndre Jordan as their backup center. They’ve traded for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Ish Smith. Bones Hyland should also take another step in his development as well. However, this team is led by Nikola Jokic and Murray.
“…I certainly believe that Jokic stole two MVP trophies from Sixers star center Joel Embiid…”
Murray is the big question mark for the Nuggets as he’s returning from a torn ACL. Luckily for Murray, he doesn’t rely on his athleticism to be a borderline All-Star level player. He’s one of the most lethal shooters in the NBA and his chemistry with Jokic is undeniable.
While I certainly believe that Jokic stole two MVP trophies from Sixers star center Joel Embiid, I can’t deny that he’s the second-best center in the NBA. He’s also the best passing center in the history of the league. He’s the engine that carries the Nuggets in the postseason and he will dictate how far they go.