The first Denver Nuggets lineup is a weird one
The NBA and Denver Nuggets basketball is officially back, as real live games are being broadcast for the first time on Wednesday since mid-March when the NBA season was suspended due to preventive measures in light of the ongoing global pandemic.
As teams get back, there are plenty of new things to keep an eye on. Of course, players have new looks. Some jerseys have fresh names on the back, as the NBA is allowing players to choose from a selection of social justice measures in replacement of their last name if they’d like to.
And of course, functionally, the basketball might look weird as well. It’s the first time semi-competitive basketball has been played in months, and it’s being done in front of a crowd of zero spectators.
For the Nuggets, things got weird before they even tipped off.
The Denver Nuggets lineup was so weird it got instantly memed on Twitter
The Denver Nuggets rolled out quite the lineup prior to their first scrimmage on Wednesday.
- Point guard: Nikola Jokic
- Shooting guard: Jerami Grant
- Small forward: Bol Bol
- Power forward: Paul Millsap
- Center: Mason Plumlee
The wingspan of this lineup could reach the moon, I’m pretty sure.
Instantly, Twitter reacted.
Some pointed to how the Sixers might actually do this on a semi-normal basis.
Others questioned the legality of such a lineup.
Tim MacMahon of ESPN pointed out how fun a Nuggets-Rockets series might be. The Rockets have gone all-in on the opposite end of the spectrum, opting to focus on small ball rather than length or size.
Since being drafted, Bol Bol has spent time developing in the G League and had yet to see any playing time at the NBA level. While just a scrimmage, it’s a notable moment in the young big man’s career.
After plenty of scrutiny regarding how well his skill set and wiry frame would translate to the pro level, he came out swinging, flexing his defensive capabilities.
I mean, have you ever seen a small forward make a block like this, following it up with a smooth pull-up jumper at the other end?
Pretty sweet NBA start.