Currently the new Nuggets are Timofey Mozgov, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Raymond Felton
Timofey Mozgov, 7-1 250, 24 years old, R
13.5 minutes, 4.0 points, 3.1 rebounds
ROLE: Backup center
SALARY: First year of a three year, $9.7 million contract
Mozgov’s best attribute is his size and athleticism, which makes him a solid rebounder. He’s a great offensive rebounder and runs the floor well. He did have a 23 points, 14 rebound performance earlier this season against the Detroit Pistons. Still developing his game. Not really coordinated (better than DJ Mbenga and Shelden Williams though). Gets in foul trouble easily. Good shotblocker, partially due to his size.
CONNECTIONS: Agent is friends with Nuggets GM Massai Ujiri
Wilson Chandler, 6-8 225, 23 years old, 4th year
16.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .461 FG percentage, .351 3-pointers, .807 FT percentage, 1.4 blocks
ROLE: Backup/starter forward
SALARY: Last year of rookie contract, $2.13 million (restricted free agent at end of the year)
Chandler is a poor man’s Shawn Marion and a better version of Joey Graham. Likes to drive baseline, can hit the 3-pointer but is inconsistent. Can play both forward positions. Still questions on if he is a product of Mike D’Antoni’s system. Impressive physical skills. Favors his right hand and prefers to go right, struggles with his left. Very good shot blocker, good defender.
CONNECTIONS: Chandler was teammates with Al Harrington in New York
CLIPS: DUNKING ON JAVALE , Versus Heat, Last game with Knicks
Danilo Gallinari, 6-10 225, 22 years old, 3rd year
15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, .415 FG percentage, .347 3-point, .893 FT
ROLE: Small forward
SALARY: Third year of rookie contract, two years left at $7.5 million
Gallinari is known as shooter despite his struggles this season. A career .377 3-point shooter, career .859 free throw shooter. His size helps, has been compared to Detlef, Schrempt, Dirk Nowitzki, Hedo Turkoglu and Mike Dunleavy. If he continues to develop could become a smaller Nowitzki. Very competitive and surprising athleticism. Has taken the ball to the basket more frequently this season and very good at drawing fouls (shoots an average of six free throws a game). Not a go-to-guy, but definitely a very good complimentary scorers. Not a great defender, but better than Anthony.
CONNECTIONS: Gallinari was teammates with Al Harrington in New York, but Harrington had some strong words about how Gallinari was treated by D’Antoni and the Knicks.
CLIPS: Danilo vs. Melo , Reverse Dunk, 3-pt shootout (3 minutes in, tape starts with Billups)
Raymond Felton, 6-1 205, 26 years old, fifth year
17.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9 assists, .423 FG percentage, .328 3-pt, .867 FT, 1.8 steals
ROLE: Starting point guard (but likely traded)
SALARY: $15 million for 2 years
A captain at New York, plays with heart and great on the fast break. Not a great shooter, inconsistent. But good free throw shooter. Knows how to win, shined in Mike D’Antoni’s offense. Not great size, but good bulk. Very good rebounder for size. One of the few in New York that defends. Won an NCAA title while at University of North Carolina.
CONNECTIONS: Another former Tar Heel like George Karl and Ty Lawson.