The 2023-24 NBA season is almost here. Next month, the Denver Nuggets will begin their NBA title defense when they host the Los Angeles Lakers to tip off the new year.
Denver finds themselves as one of the favorites to take home the Larry O’Brien trophy next spring, coming in with +475 odds according to DraftKings sportsbook.
Those odds aren’t overly surprising, seeing how the Nuggets have retained the majority of their championship core.
The question is, “How many Nuggets players are within the NBA’s top 100?”
Well, Bleacher Report tried to answer that this week when they released their staff’s player rankings ahead of the new season.
Where did the Denver Nuggets rank on B/R’s top 100 NBA players list?
Of the top 100, only four players were members of the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Michael Porter Jr., and Aaron Gordon all made the list.
Perhaps the biggest storyline was Jokic’s placement. The reigning Finals MVP found himself at No. 1 on the list. Maybe there’s some recency bias, but The Joker certainly impressed as the Nuggets battled their way to the franchise’s first championship.
In the postseason, he averaged 30.0 points, 13.5 rebounds, and 9.5 assists per game, while shooting 54.8% from the field and 46.1% from distance. It truly was one of the most dominant playoff performances in recent history. It’s no surprise that he garnered so much respect in the recent player rankings.
Jokic’s running mate, Murray, was the next-highest Nugget on the list at No. 16. Much like the big man, he impressed last spring. He stepped up big-time, scoring 26.1 points per game on 47.3% shooting overall and 39.6% from beyond the arc. He’s poised to earn his first All-Star selection this season if he’s able to carry that type of play over.
Next up was Gordon, who proved to be the missing piece towards Denver’s success. His defense and athleticism earned him the 65th spot on Bleacher Report’s rankings. The 27-year-old had one of his best-ever seasons, posting 16.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game.
The final Nugget on the list was Porter Jr., who found himself in the 71st spot, tied with Memphis Grizzlies guard Marcus Smart. He had an impressive campaign in 2022, averaging 17.7 points per game while knocking down 41.6% from distance. Plus, he has become a much better player on the opposite side of the ball.