The 2022-23 NBA season is fast-approaching and there might be no team in a better position than the Denver Nuggets.
Sure, they didn’t make any blockbuster moves this offseason to acquire a third or fourth star, like the Timberwolves did with Rudy Gobert or the Trail Blazers did with Jerami Grant. However, maybe they didn’t need to.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is a talented two-way player who can contribute right away as a spot-up scorer and reliable perimeter defender. He’s also a proven veteran with championship experience, something that every team on the verge of greatness values.
Bruce Brown is a capable swingman with the potential to emerge as one of the better players in Denver’s rotation. He’s also coming off an exceptional year with the Brooklyn Nets in which he averaged nine points, four rebounds, two assists and a steal per game with .506/.404/.758 shooting splits.
Christian Braun appears to be a fiery and athletic young prospect who can run the floor and defend at a high level, while Peyton Watson has the length and skill set to thrive in Malone’s rotation. Then there’s DeAndre Jordan who fits Denver’s need for a back-up center.
The Denver Nuggets added some legitimate talent this offseason and they all could make a big impact as early as next season.
With this large influx of raw talent and system players, it’s hard not to get excited about the future of this team. Particularly with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. set to return by the start of next year and Bones Hyland projected to take that next leap with more opportunity to shine.
As we begin to look ahead, it’s time to break down exactly what a successful season would look like for the Denver Nuggets in 2023.