Do the Denver Nuggets have enough depth at center?
Nikola Jokic, the two-time defending MVP, has shown incredible durability and resiliency, as he has played in the fifth-most games since 2019. He will be the starting center but might see more regular days off as the Nuggets’ other stars play more.
Without him, the team is likely doomed, so the team will likely make sure he is not overworked and is fully healthy for the playoffs. Behind him, the Nuggets signed backup DeAndre Jordan, much to the dismay of some fans, but he will likely see the crucial minutes that Jokic is out.
Zeke Nnaji has seen some minutes as a small-ball center, and could fill that role against certain matchups, but his inconsistent rebounding skills make it unlikely that he could be the true backup five. Jeff Green could also see intermittent play as a small-ball center as he did with the Brooklyn Nets.
In the event Jokic goes down in some way, the Nuggets would likely be scrambling to find a new option, as no team would be expecting to win with Jordan as their starting five. Center stands out as the position lacking depth the most, and perhaps the Nuggets organization is banking on Jokic’s good health too much.