Denver Nuggets: 5 things that happened in 2021

Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets accepts the 2021 NBA MVP award before Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round playoff series on 11 Jun. 2021. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets accepts the 2021 NBA MVP award before Game 3 of the Western Conference second-round playoff series on 11 Jun. 2021. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets is helped off the court after an injury in their game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on 12 Apr. 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Jamal Murray #27 of the Denver Nuggets is helped off the court after an injury in their game against the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center on 12 Apr. 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Denver Nuggets: The Jamal Murray injury

The Nuggets have a great core consisting of many terrific players, however, there is no question that the team was built around Nikola Jokic and star point guard Jamal Murray. That is why it was so devastating when Murray went down with a season-ending injury in April after he tore his ACL.

Murray has been essential to the Nuggets success, averaging 21.2 points, four rebounds, and 4.8 assists in the 2020-21 season before going down with a serious injury. While the Nuggets have the depth to field a good replacement starter, the team is not as dominant without Murray on the floor.

2022 will hopefully see Murray return to action alongside his teammates, as he recovers from the horrific injury. It will be good to see the future All-Star take the court once more.