The Nuggets obviously have some moves to make this off-season. This past season was a major disappointment, but that was mostly due to the many injuries that they suffered through. The Nuggs will need to make several moves if they wish to improve next year, and there are two that can make a huge difference. These moves would be simple for the Nuggets to make and would help them build for the future.
Move #1- Trade Javale McGee
McGee has been a total bust since joining the Denver Nuggets. His numbers have been on the decline each of the past 3 seasons, and now he is struggling to stay healthy. The huge big-man is an injury risk every time he is put on the floor, and the Nuggets really don’t need him anymore. The Nuggets have several young Centers that will take minutes away from McGee.
Timofey Mozgov is the first on the list that will replace McGee and his minutes. Mozgov broke out last season to score 9 points per game, and also to find himself as an occasionally spot starter. Mozgov is young and will be apart of the Nuggets future for years to come. Another young center the Nuggets have to build around is J.J. Hickson. Hickson averaged 11 points per game last year and was a big contributor to the teams rebounding. The Nuggets have a ton of talent in the front-court and letting go of McGee makes sense. The team can likely bring a draft pick for him or even a decent bench player at a position they need such as small forward.
Move #2- Sign A 3 Point Specialist
The Denver Nuggets did not have a player in the top 40 for 3 point shooting last season. That is a major problem. To compete in this league you have to have 3 point shooters. The Nuggets need to look for someone who can come in and help hit some 3’s right off the bench. A few names that come to mind are Nick Young and Trevor Ariza. I believe that either one of these players could come in and help make the Nuggets bench much more effective.
As I said before the Nuggets need to make several moves to become a contender. They are clearly a few years away from being contender, so it makes sense to find the proper building blocks. Moving one of the many big-men the Nuggets have and signing a 3 point specialist are two simple moves that will help the Nuggets build for the future.
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