Do the Denver Nuggets have enough depth at the forward positions?
The Nuggets will be starting Michael Porter Jr. and Aaron Gordon, at SF and PF respectively, but both have seen time at both spots, and in today’s game of basketball the differences are slim. Porter Jr. will be coming off of his third major back surgery and will likely be eased into minutes as Murray is.
Jeff Green ended up starting 63 games last season with Porter out and will likely see significant backup minutes once again off the bench. He played anywhere from small forward to center last year and will likely plug into multiple roles once again. Davon Reed was signed to a two-year contract after being a two-way player last year, so he will likely see minutes as a backup SF, especially when his perimeter defense is needed.
Zeke Nnaji had played his way into the rotation last season as a backup power forward before suffering injuries, as he shot 46 percent from the 3-point line and showed great defensive versatility. He should get more looks at that position as the primary backup four off the bench. Jeff Green could also be a possibility as a backup power forward, but beyond them most of Denver’s forward options are SFs.
Vlatko Cancar, along with the previously mentioned rookies Braun and Watson, should round out the bench as backups who could slide into more playing time if someone goes down. The Nuggets will have many options at their forward positions and should be prepared for any situation.