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When the already-exceptional Denver Nuggets finally bowed out of the 2018-19 season, they’d come closer to the Finals than they had in over a decade, in one of their most-successful seasons in history. Had they been able to score one more point in any of the first three of the four overtimes they spent against Portland in last years’ Game 3 playoff loss, they may have moved on to the Western Conference Finals, as they were tantalizingly close to their ultimate goal.

Though last season’s Nuggets took the floor with one of the league’s finest teams, they still saw a need to make improvements after coming up short. Denver made a list of their own that could help them make their next step forward:

Improved three-point defense
Improved overall defense
Improved rebounding
Improved scoring above the rim
Improved speed
Improved three-point shooting

As well as Denver performed in each of those categories last year, and as deep as they were, the playoffs exposed a need for even greater depth in each of those spots, with a successful seven-game series carrying them to a less-successful seven-game series. Had the Nuggets gotten to the Warriors, they’d have been running on fumes. Depth and consistency in the topics above could have shortened both of their playoff series, and given them a clearer run at a championship. Finding players who could give them that boost but not upset the already-stellar team dynamic was key. But surely filling out that steep and challenging list would take a few specific bodies to fulfill, right?

Right?

Well, not so fast.

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The first edition of our 2019-20 DNVR Nuggets player grades is here. After Denver narrowly escaped Phoenix with a 107-102 win over the Suns on Monday night, it’s time to hand out some report cards. HONOR ROLL Jerami Grant – A Grant was the best player on the floor Monday night, showcasing nearly all of his versatile skillset. Grant finished…...

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Will Barton started, Jerami Grant impressed, and Michael Porter Jr. stole the show in Denver’s preseason opener. The DNVR Nuggets staff reacts Will Barton opened the preseason with the starters – does he have the unofficial poll position in the race for the starting job on the wing? Brendan Vogt: It’s unlikely that Malone would admit it, but I inferred as…...

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Torrey Craig is the unsung hero of the Denver Nuggets. He is among the best on-ball defenders on the team, a sneaky good rebounder, and accepts his low usage role. But he’s also stuck in the middle of the most fierce position battle on the team: small forward.  What will it take for Craig to have a successful season? And…...

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Vlatko Cancar has become something of a cult hero among the extremely tiny contingent of die-hard Denver Nuggets fans who obsess over summer league highlights. Cancar has spent the last two summers playing for the Nuggets’ squad in Las Vegas and his low-usage, high energy style of play has helped endeared him to the fanbase. But what should we actually…...

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Everyone is asking the same question about Jamal Murray: can he make the leap this season and what does the leap even look like? Harrison Wind and Brendan Vogt discuss what Murray needs to improve on in his fourth season, if he can become a better 3-point shooter, and if the Nuggets’ point guard is on the verge of his…...

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Gary Harris arrived back in Denver ahead of this season with a new ‘do and a lot to prove after a 2018-19 campaign that was marred with injuries. Can he rebound this season and avoid the nagging injuries that led to an underwhelming year? Adam Mares and Harrison Wind discuss how the Nuggets can manage Harris’ minutes throughout the regular…...

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Allie Monroy is joined by an All-Star panel of DNVR decision-makers to discuss the creation and vision behind the new company. With Brandon Spano, Ryan Koenigsberg, Adam Mares, and Eric Wedum, the team gives you an inside look in everything that went into our new hires and rebrand. The crew also debate “Who Won the Week” and introduce a new…...

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