Denver Nuggets: 3 Things We’re Excited About

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Ahead of Wednesday night’s season opener for the Denver Nuggets and after an interesting summer, there’s still little things to be excited about.

We’ve talked all the talk, debated all the things.  We went from “hell no we don’t want Isaiah Thomas” to “IT just may be the key to a Finals run”.

There was the debate over who we should offer in a trade package for Jimmy Butler (nobody, stop it).  We pondered how we’d live in a post-Will Barton era then cheered when Denver signed him.

We defended Nikola Jokic at every turn from misinformed fans of opposing teams.  Jokic > KAT dominated Twitter feeds after both men signed max extensions over the summer (of course Jokic is better).  We searched for every scrap of news about Michael Porter Jr.’s back.  We became experts on the lumbar region of the back.

We pondered if Mason Plumlee was getting paid too much before he reminded us in the preseason what he brings. We said goodbye to broadcaster Ally Sturm and hello to new branding.

There were losses, we said goodbye to Darrell Arthur, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried and Devin Harris.  Micah Nori moved on to the Pistons but Mark Price has come on-board.

Could the Nuggets play defense, how will Barton adjust to a starting role?  How about the health of IT, MPJ and Jarred Vanderbilt?  Do we pick up Millsap’s option next year if Lyles continues his improvement?

Yeah, you could say we’re excited.  As mentioned before this may be as excited as Denver has been in anticipation of a season in memory.

The on-floor architect of that excitement got some good news on Wednesday: