Denver Nuggets: The combination of Jamal Murray and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
During Murray’s career with the Denver Nuggets, he mainly played in the backcourt with Gary Harris, a combination that will be rather similar to one with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Jamal Murray isn’t the strongest perimeter defender and the assumed starting backcourt of him and KCP will let him take the easier guard assignment on most nights. We’ve seen this defensive formula work in the past for small guards.
Having KCP on the team will help Murray not have to guard those tougher matchups. Caldwell-Pope is a capable defender and is able to hold his own on defense while Murray can get back to his previous form.
On the offensive end, this duo could be a tough one to contain. With so much attention being on Nikola Jokic and Michael Porter Jr. hopefully coming back and scoring the ball efficiently, KCP will have more open looks and will have one of the best passers in the league giving him the ball.
Murray will have time to rediscover his form and will hopefully return as a 20-point-per-game scorer again. This tandem will have tons of chances to score the ball and will be able to put up 35 points a game together if they are both playing their best.
Time will tell if this duo will be able to play well together, but there should be no reason why they would not be a solid defensive backcourt and a good scoring duo.