News recently broke that Chris Paul will be meeting with the Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets, and Denver Nuggets in free agency. If this was a test and the question was “which answer does not belong”, the answer would surely be the Nuggets. But Paul isn’t meeting with the Nuggets because he has time to kill. He’s meeting for just the opposite reason as time is running out and he needs a team whose time has arrived.
But like it has been said here in the Nuggets Department of Armchair All-Americans for quite some time, the Nuggets are quietly building a force to be reckon with. This is really an unbelievable testament to the job that the front office in Denver has done.
Think about it for a moment. The only thing missing from Future Hall of Fame and 9-time all-star Chris Paul’s resume is a NBA Finals appearance and championship. At 32, he is at the point in his career where he is going to put himself in the best possible position to achieve these goals while he can still be effective. And in a league of 30 teams, the below .500 Nuggets make it into his top four teams of consideration. That speaks volumes to the type of young talent on their roster.
Why would CP3 even consider the Nuggets?
Young (Improving) Talent
It’s one thing to have young talent, every bad team in the league has that. It’s another thing to have young talent that continues to get better with time. Last season saw three of its’ starters recording career-high scoring numbers. Also, just about every player on the roster has a career projectile that is going up right now.
The depth of the team is also top-notch. The Nuggets ranked third in the league in points per game last year. Paul’s current team has basically made it a thing to have a consistently thin bench. If Paul is going to get a long term max deal than he’s certainly going to want to go to a team where his minutes will be able to decrease at some point.
Word has been spreading that free agents want to play with “The Joker“. Each of his stat categories last year were just under the marks of 17 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, 58% field goal shooting with just 28 minutes per game. Not to mention that he’s only 22 years old.
Just because you don’t hear about him on ESPN everyday, or ever, doesn’t mean that he’s gone unnoticed by his fellow players. A 1-2 punch of Paul and Jokic would be one of the best duos in the league. Each are also one of if not the best passers in the league at their position and would be surrounded be shooters everywhere. They would be a nightmare to guard as a unit.
What would CP3 bring to the Nuggets?
Well first off, he would bring his talents that have earned him the name of the “Point Gawd”. After bringing his talents next on the list would be bringing a championship.
Casual NBA fans would be even more shocked to see him sign in Denver than they were to see Denver even get a meeting with him. Those people won’t immediately consider them championship contenders. Granted, of course the Golden State Warriors and its’ four all-stars and two MVP’s still firmly stand in the way.
Breakout seasons will either make or break this season. If Gary Harris is averaging 18 to 20 points and Jamal Murray becomes the knock down shooter he’s capable of being than this team has a real shot. As long as everybody continues to grow in Denver’s system, the addition of Chris Paul will “skyrocket” them into the position his current team is in. Simply another “pretender” team that can earn a high seed yet fails to truly contend.
Whether the world is ready to accept it or not, Chris Paul to the Nuggets would absolutely change the landscape of the league. A new contender would emerge out west and the word “Denver” would not be automatically associated with the Broncos on ESPN.