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Our analysts grade each Denver Nuggets player in every game of the season.

Nikola Jokić – C+ It was all going according to plan at the half. Jokić was in complete control of a game the Nuggets were dominating. The offense looked easy, and he’d found success guarding Joel Embiid. Everything was turning up Denver. But Doc Rivers’ chose to pull Embiid off of Jokić, deploying P.J. Tucker instead, allowing Embiid to roam…

Aaron Gordon – A- It was surprising to see Gordon listed as available for this game. Four starters were taking the night off between injuries and a demanding schedule. In that scenario, one might have imagined Gordon would follow suit. He’s laboring his way to the all-star break. Still, there he was when the game tipped off. If AG needed…

Jamal Murray – B Jamal Murray sat down at the podium after the loss and glanced at the stat sheet. “Wow,” he murmured in discontent. It was the 3-point shooting that left him exasperated. Despite an otherwise impressive night, he shot just 1 for 6 from deep as Denver’s top-scoring option. Had some of those fallen, he’d have led Denver…

Jamal Murray – A+ Murray put his fingerprints all over an encouraging basketball game. Denver stayed true to their brand of basketball, even without Nikola Jokić, and Murray turned in one of his best performances of the season. Indiana dared someone else to beat them. They pressure Murray up the court. They sent help. They sent various looks with the…

Nikola Jokić – A+ From his pickup days in Sombor to his MVP campaigns at the highest level in basketball, Jokić has stayed true to a simple philosophy. This is a game about teammates. Perhaps that’s why he allowed pride to sink in briefly as he spoke with ESPN after another win in Ball Arena. Jokić posted another triple-double and,…

Nikola Jokić – A+ The best player in the world is leveling up again. Jokić posted a 36-point triple-double on 14 shots against the Portland Trail Blazers. He missed just once from the field. He missed just once from the free-throw line. None of it looked hard for him. It’s the latest in a long line of dominant performances at…

Nikola Jokić – A- In another timeline, there’s something to criticize about Jokić’s performance. Had his first and only field goal attempt of the fourth quarter drawn iron instead of net, we might file the loss under ‘Jokić didn’t try hard enough.’ Of course, on the other side of another game-winning shot and triple-double, levying criticism feels nothing less than…

Jamal Murray – A- If your kid is a Jamal Murray fan, and you’re considering surprising them with tickets to the game, make sure it’s against the Clippers or the Suns. It doesn’t get more fun watching Murray than against his favorite opponents, two teams that bring the best out of him. The Nuggets were without Nikola Jokić Friday night…

Nikola Jokić – A Jokić only needed 28:18 on the floor to post 21-18-9 on 10-15 shooting. The Sombor double actually hurt his season average in assists per game. Without DeAndre Ayton, among a long list of other inactive players, Phoenix started Bismack Biyombo. He and Dario Šarić were tasked with slowing the B2B MVP, which should count as some…

Nikola Jokić – A Nikola Jokić posted the second-most impressive triple-double on 100% shooting of his career. He only took five shots on his way to 14-11-16 and a win. He led both teams in rebounds and assists. It’s becoming impossible not to take him for granted. Many will cry they’d never commit such a sin, but I’d insist it’s…

Nikola Jokić – A Michael Malone pondered the best route. He had a mic drop in mind, but he’s never one to disrespect an opponent. He sat with the question about Jokić’s output against Cleveland’s mighty defense before stating matter of factly: “Nikola doesn’t see Defensive Player Of The Year guys.” We can at least say that Jarrett Allen made…

Denver Nuggets – A+ There’s only one grade today: an A+ for the Denver Nuggets. From top to bottom, they were prepared for a National TV battle with theoretical contenders. The Los Angeles Clippers couldn’t throw the ball into the ocean Thursday night, but it wasn’t all shot luck. Denver turned up the defense and played with far more urgency…

Nikola Jokić – A+ When you cover Nikola Jokić for a living, you receive a side education on some unexpected subjects. I’ve learned more about Serbian culture than I ever guessed I would. And I could say the same about the great and potentially mythical Wilt Chamberlain. We might as well be on his beat. Jokić dropped 30-12-12 on 77%…

Nikola Jokić – A Miami deployed as formidable an anti-Jokić defense as we’ve seen this season. Ball denial and tentative entry passing evoked memories of our time together in limbo, but the Nuggets are back to full strength. In the end, the game plan that restricted Jokić to only 19 points allowed 124 points in regulation. It didn’t stop Jokić…

Nikola Jokić – A+ Jokić had no problem generating offense alongside a misshapen starting unit. Significant absences required an aggressive approach, and he obliged with a 40-piece. He did miss a potential game-winner that drew contact but no whistle and rimmed out. It’s a shot we’re used to him making and one that would have drastically changed the tone of…

Nikola Jokić – A Jokić rode a monster third-quarter to a Sombor Double in Sacramento—his seventh of the season—falling one rebound short of another triple-double. He put up eleven assists to no turnovers, staying patient in his approach as the Kings sent help while his teammates were cold from the field. He never stopped trusting them, even if he did…

Nikola Jokić – A+ We’d made it about three questions into the postgame presser before Michael Malone took over for us. “That’s when you know you’re a unicorn,” he said of Nikola Jokić. “When no one even asks you after three, four questions about the 41-15-15. I hope Larry Bird, Wilt, and whoever else (Bill Russell) is ready for some…

Nikola Jokić – A- It’s been some time since Nurkić truly gave Jokić trouble. It’s been some time since Portland rivaled Denver or inspired much fear. And it had been some time since the Denver Nuggets trotted out 15 available players. One of those things changed Friday night when Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. returned to the lineup. The…

Nikola Jokić – A In some cultures, 13 is considered a lucky number. In others, quite the opposite. For Nikola Jokić, 13 is simply what it took to cruise past the Grizzlies and take the one seed out West. He dropped 13 points to go with 13 rebounds and 13 assists. He even finished the night +13 in the +/-…

Nikola Jokić – A+ Jokić continues to post stats only surpassed by the fictional protagonist of NBA lore, Wilt Chamberlain. Sure, there’s a historical record of his existence, but I don’t believe he grabbed fifty rebounds in a game, and you can’t make me. I suppose people may say the same thing about Jokić one day — if the biggest…

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