Denver Nuggets: Final thoughts before regular season resumes

The Denver Nuggets had a strange but productive scrimmage campaign. It’s time for the regular season to tip back off.

The Denver Nuggets currently sit third in the Western Conference behind the two teams from Los Angeles. As of now, the team would be facing off with the Houston Rockets in the first round of the still normal postseason schedule.

The Nuggets have had themselves another strong season in which the ascension of Nikola Jokic as a top ten player and Jamal Murray as an upper tier point guard continued to be evidenced night after night. The Nuggets also continued to get some exposure for Michael Porter Jr., the former lottery pick who fell like a stone all the way to them in the draft.

The Nuggets have had a very thin rotation through their scrimmage schedule to this point, using almost exclusively front court players. One of the only guards to make a real name for himself was Troy Daniels, the journeyman wing with a knack for the three ball.

Daniels first burst onto the scene in the 2014 playoffs with the Houston Rockets when he made a go-ahead three pointer in the final seconds of overtime in game three of the team’s first round matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers. Daniels has since played for six different teams including the Nuggets. Daniels buried 11 three pointers in the first two games of the scrimmage schedule and might just be a consistent cog moving forward for Michael Malone and his staff.

Whether or not the Nuggets trot out the now infamous “mile high lineup” is unknown. But Malone is known to experiment and will likely not be shy as any hope of catching the Lakers for the number one seed is all but gone. The Nuggets are 1.5 games behind the Los Angeles Clippers. Overtaking them would likely set up a first round duel with the Dallas Mavericks, who the Nuggets shared three pulsating thrillers with over the course of the season.

The Nuggets first game in the eight-game seeding schedule is against the Miami Heat on Saturday.