There’s something special brewing between the Nuggets two stars.
There’s Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan, the Spurs championship teams had Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. LeBron James had Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Kyrie Irving. The Warriors have Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant.
Iconic combinations but there always seems to be a combination. Sure, one guy might be more dominant but all are equally important to championship runs.
For the Denver Nuggets, there are so many candidates but Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic separate themselves by virtue of the bond the two seem to share on-the-court. Murray seems to get Joker’s vision, the pair cut, screen and play off of each other so well. Part of it is Murray’s attention to detail, particularly with setting screens. For a 6’3″ guard, Jamal has never been afraid to stand bigger players up with solid picks. Of course, Jokic is the visionary that drives the Nuggets offense and it’s got to be a relief for him to know that his point guard is completely in-tune with him.
When foul-trouble isn’t an issue, look for Murray and Jokic to get 30+ minutes of floor time together. They feed off of each other and could be as stout a duo as those mentioned above, given time.
Of course, the playoffs don’t end in the second round and the Nuggets would have both the Conference championship and Finals to fight through. This is where it gets interesting, if the Nuggets win the first two rounds, there won’t be the “playoff rookie” issues to consider. The WCF opponent, be it the Warriors or the Rockets will likely be coming off of a war in the second round. Denver has been relatively successful in Oakland, the Rockets, should they prevail would have to open the WCF in Denver.
The Finals? Well, who knows who comes out of the East but there’s not a team among the eight that Denver should fear. They would be competitive with anyone and by the Finals, Denver will be as battle-tested as they can be. It’s reasonable to think they could beat the Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Philadelphia 76’ers or any of the East teams.
We’ve preached patience over the last two years for the Denver Nuggets but you know what?
Why not us?