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1. Perhaps the best of Peyton Watson’s skills as a prospect is his cat-like reflexes. He is lightning quick in moments when he is tasked with reacting to a pass or rebound. In the clips below, watch how quickly he pounces once he sees the trajectory of the ball. https://youtu.be/wxVXc7r01v8 He actually has a lot of room for improvement as…

1. Perhaps the trait that popped the most from Christian Braun in his NBA Summer League debut was how quickly he transitions from defense to sprinting on the fast break. He’s a fast sprinter but more impressive is how there is no lag time between when he sees that the defensive rebound has been secured and when he first hits…...

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1. Game 4 was far and away the most locked in the Nuggets have been on the defensive end of the court all season. https://youtu.be/OxBmXysWrzI 2. Part of game plan discipline is knowing how to change the emphasis based on who is on the court. When Gary Payton III is on the court, the Nuggets have to be willing pack the…...

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1. The Golden State Warriors might beat the Denver Nuggets even if the Nuggets find a way to lock in defensively for 48 minutes. But we wouldn’t know it from game one. We’ll get into the long list of challenges that the Warriors present in the ensuing numbers on this list but number one has to be that the team just…...

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1. The first battle will be about getting the ball to Jokic in the post. Draymond does a great job of leaning on Jokic walling off his angles. Lazy passes will result in turnovers. Even good passes will have to be on point to help Jokic hold deep post position. https://youtu.be/kk0KOSyTWTc 2. Jokic took a lot of faceup jump shots…...

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1. One of the big improvements to Nikola Jokic’s game over the last few seasons has been his comfort level attacking the basket off of the dribble. He shot 68.4% on 1.8 field goal attempts off of drives this season, by far the best mark among players with at least 1.8 attempts per game. Most of Jokic’s drives come off…...

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1. Perhaps the most significant weapon in Bones Hyland’s arsenal is his confidence and ability to take deep threes. Bones was elite at this skill in his two seasons in college and that skill has translated nicely in his rookie season in the NBA where he routinely took threes from 2-5 feet from behind the arc. He even occasionally ventured…...

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1. I’ll stop short of a full on conspiracy theory but…upon rewatch, it sure appeared as though Joel Embiid spent several possessions early on trying to keep Jokic from scoring at the expense of allowing some wide open shots for other Nuggets players. No PnR coverage calls for Embiid to jump away from the ball handler on a basic ball…...

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1. Here is a great example of how each of the players in Denver’s new-look second unit fit together so nicely. It’s also a great example of one of a point I always harp on: it’s not always the openness of a three-point shot, but the rhythm of that show. JaMychal Green is open but it’s the bright green light created…

1. The Nuggets have made this 5-4 screen in transition a staple of their fastbreak offense whenever Nikola Jokic brings the ball up the court. One forward will either rim run or sprint to the corner while the two guards occupy each wing. The other forward will set a transition PnR at the top of the key and roll hard…...

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1. The Denver Nuggets have ranked in the lower half of the NBA in terms of field goal attempts off of screens in each of the last five seasons. The team’s identity is to play through Nikola Jokic out of the post, elbow, and off of pick-and-rolls (PnRs) and dribble handoffs (DHOs) and with Jamal Murray as the primary shooter,…...

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1. I really love the Reed-Hyland combination, primarily for the fact that you combine two players with “sneaky wingspans.” It’s well documented that the league is skewing longer on the perimeter but often times that is thought of merely as “taller.” But wingspan and reach may be just as important as height and “sneaky wingspan” may be even more valuable…...

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1. “I love to play with him.” That’s what the reigning MVP said about JaMychal Green when asked about playing alongside him in the starting lineup over the last two games. You can see a certain chemistry between those two on the court. More importantly, you can see a certain skillset that JMyke brings that is unique to the Nuggets’…...

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1. I’ve been harping on the Nuggets coaching staff giving Nikola Jokic the Facu-Rivers backcourt for the last several weeks. That trio somehow manages just a 93.9 offensive rating in 95 minutes so far this season, an unfathomably low mark for a lineup featuring the reigning MVP and one of the most dynamic offensive engines in the league today. It…...

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Harrison Wind and Adam Mares breakdown over 20 film clips from the last two Denver Nuggets games. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9s9FPjllKk Topics include: Start – 0:00 Manimal back with the Gold – 3:30 Warriors commentators – 12:00 Jokic trying to clear the paint – 15:06 Jokic not biting – 17:04 Zeke great screen on reversal – 18:53 JMyke & Bones – 24:02 JMyke…...

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It’s been a week since the last episode of THE LIST so Adam Mares and Harrison Wind break down film from the Nuggets’ previous four games today. Topics include: Davon Reed fitting in Aaron Gordon high-low passing Bones Hyland’s footwork on catch and shoot jumpers An underrated skill for Gordon The comparison between Monte Morris and Jamal Murray Jeff Green…...

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Join Adam Mares and Harrison Wind as they break down tape from the Denver Nuggets over their last two games. Topics include: Zeke Nnaji’s defense Jokic’s footwork Finishing cuts Zeke’s shot release An underrated signature pass from Jokic How Chicago defended Jokic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKKRayF7sTo...

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In this episode, Adam Mares and Harrison Wind share their updated perspectives on the cheap shots exchanged between Nikola Jokic and Markieff Morris. Then, the guys break down film on what was easily the best win of the season for the Denver Nuggets and the most encouraging stylistic performance the team has had all season. https://youtu.be/nJTOX7QkXkg

1. The first clip here perfectly illustrates how shallow the playbook is for summer league, especially when half of the roster is forced to quarantine for health and safety protocols. If you turn up the volume, you can hear Charles Klask call out the play: “spread iso.” Fortunately, Bones Hyland has been at his best when given spacing and freedom.…...

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1. The first thing to know about Bones Hyland is that he was far and away the most important player on the VCU roster. He averaged 19.5 points per game this season, almost twice as many as the second highest scorer on the roster and nearly three times as much as the team’s third leading scorer. He was their offense. The…...

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