The Denver Nuggets have shown steady improvement in three seasons under head coach Michael Malone. When Malone got to Denver in 2015, he was tasked with clearing away the smoldering wreckage left over from the Brian Shaw era and constructing something new. The Nuggets won 33 games in Malone’s first season, 40 in his second and 46 in year three. They’ve come a long way since an ESPN writer skewered them as a “rudderless” organization in November 2014.

The Nuggets are pointed in the right direction now. But to get where they really want to go — snapping a five-year playoff drought is the first step — they need to show they can adequately defend the shot that’s becoming a bigger and bigger part of the game every year: the three-pointer.

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Christian Clark

Christian Clark is an Arlington, Texas, native who covers the Denver Nuggets for BSN Denver. Education: I graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism in December 2014 with an emphasis in print and digital news. Career: My work has been featured in the Fort Worth-Star Telegram, The Oklahoman and Columbia Missourian, and online at and I came aboard at BSN Denver in November 2017. Most memorable sports moment: Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Friday Night Lights by Buzz Bissinger. One sports movie I can’t live without: Tin Cup, do not @ me Most memorable experience as a reporter: The quadruple-OT game between the Nuggets and Trail Blazers. The sport that started it all: Basketball. My sports-watching memories kick in with those early-2000s Dallas Mavericks teams. They had bad hair and scored a lot of points. Shout-out to Nellie Ball.