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“The List” is a brand new series that serves as a companion piece for the “Notebook” episodes of the Locked on Nuggets podcast and the DNVR Nuggets podcast. In this edition, I share some notes on the win over the Phoenix Suns on Monday. 1. This was the first chance we’ve gotten to see Jerami Grant play extended minutes alongside…...

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No matter who was on the floor in the Nuggets’ preseason opener, you couldn’t take your eyes off Michael Porter Jr. Half of it was the storyline. Porter had of course missed his entire rookie season following two back surgeries that sent the once consensus top-2 recruit’s draft stock tumbling. But Porter also captures your eye for other reasons. He’s...

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1. Will Barton had a couple of finishes at the rim that provided some hope that he was back to trusting himself to absorb contact and contort is body without overthinking it. When healthy, Barton is a crafty finisher at the rim. He’s great at using his off hand and hanging in the air long enough to twist and turn mid-air to work around the defense. Last season, he lost that skill and found himself deterred from even getting to the basket. Only 21% of his shots came at the rim in 2018-19, the lowest of his career by a wide margin. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-8uP8Wlrus&feature=youtu.be 2. Jarred Vanderbilt has some funky footwork on the defensive end that limits the impact of his…

When the Avalanche took Bowen Byram fourth overall at last month’s entry draft, it cemented Colorado’s future defense as one filled with stars. When Joe Sakic met the media shortly after, he was not shy about the organization’s intention to give Byram a long look in training camp this year. With injuries to Erik Johnson and Ian Cole, it would...

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Vic Fangio is synonymous with linebackers, building his reputation on coaching some of the best second-level units in recent NFL history. Fangio hasn’t just coached up great linebacking units, he’s built schemes around them, perfectly countering modern NFL attacks built around quick passes over the middle of the field, with rangy, athletic backers with high-end cover skills. Which is why...

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Which one? Pretend you’re grading two of Jamal Murray’s toughest postseason buckets like this is the Dunk Contest. One through 10 scale. Please hold up the appropriate number after each clip. First: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ts2lkoG_qkY Second: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwxTs4OpYPs They’re probably both 10s right? It’s hard to ding these bottle rockets that touched only nylon on the way down. If you’re factoring in stakes, you’d give the edge to the first shot, which came in the final minute of Game 7 against the Spurs. Murray’s floater from the left elbow over LaMarcus Aldridge’s outstretched arm clinched Denver’s first playoff series win in a decade. But in a vacuum? No context provided? It’s the second shot, a falling-out-of-bounds, double-clutch, over-the-backboard tear drop that got Denver…

Back in 1970, Alvin and Heidi Toffler published “Future Shock”, a book in which the couple posited society was undergoing a significant structural change and it was overwhelming people as a result. Fun fact: The concept of information overload was soon popularized as a result of their work. Fast forward nearly 50 years and focus on hockey instead of society as a whole, and we see something similar taking place. Despite being consistently dominated by members of the “old guard”, we’ve seen the NHL go through significant structural changes of its own in recent years. Defensemen under six feet tall have dominated the draft landscape and changed the priorities being honed in on as teams focus their attention on the…

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