5 Nuggets who could get axed from Michael Malone's playoff rotation

These Nuggets may not stick in the team’s playoff rotation.
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2. Reggie Jackson

The Nuggets acquired Jackson in February of 2023 after he was traded and bought out. The 6’2 guard played a key role in the Clippers reaching the conference finals in 2021, and Denver was searching for another ball-handler. Many thought he would be the primary backup for Jamal Murray, but it never quite worked out.

Jackson played just 18 total playoff minutes and never more than five in a single game. He was out of the rotation completely but got his first championship ring.

The Nuggets re-signed him on a two-year $10.5 million contract in the 2023 offseason. He has a $5.2 million player option for next season. His play and production have improved in year two in the Mile High City. Jackson is averaging 10.0 points, 3.8 assists, and 1.8 rebounds in 21.9 minutes per game.

Playing a 6’2 point guard for significant minutes in the playoffs is always a challenge. Teams will hunt him on defense, so if he is not making shots or plays on the other end, it is easy to take him out of the game. The 33-year-old should see a larger role this postseason but do not be surprised to see him be a DNP-CD at some point throughout the Nuggets’ 2024 playoff run.