Over the past couple seasons, NBA analysts and NBA fans have compared the Denver Nuggets to the Golden State Warriors. Both teams share a similar playing style, and they have similarly constructed teams. However, the Nuggets have not come close to the success of the Warriors over the past couple seasons. With that being said, is it safe to say Denver is on pace to become the next Golden State Warriors.
How the Nuggets are different
The Denver Nuggets are an offensive juggernaut similar to the Warriors. However, they do not share the same style on the defensive end.
The Warriors are one of the best defensive units in the NBA. Lead by all-star two-way shooting guard Klay Thompson and star power forward Draymond Green, they make life difficult on the defensive end. Kevin Durant has also become a huge factor on the defensive end. He utilizes his length on the perimeter as well as at the rim as a shot blocker.
The Nuggets are not a defensive juggernaut. Their defensive mindset is to try and outscore their opponents rather than stop them. If you watch them consistently, you know they play situational defense. However, they are statistically one of the worst defensive efficient teams in the NBA. Until Denver plays effectively on both sides of the ball, they will not become the next Golden State Warriors
How the Nuggets are similar
Much like the initial comparisons, the Nuggets are just as potent offensively as the Warriors. They are extremely efficient and their passing is phenomenal just like the Warriors. However, their offensive comparisons aren’t what generated this debate.
The Warriors initially reached stardom through the draft. They drafted Stephen Curry, Thompson and Green. Yes, they added Durant along with other key pieces later on via free agency, but their core was created from the draft.
The Denver Nuggets core was assembled similarly. Their superstar Nikola Jokić was a second-round draft pick out of Serbia. They constructed their back court of Gary Harris and Jamal Murray through the draft, and then they added a couple pieces through free agency.
While the success hasn’t been up to par just yet, fans and the media see the resemblances from how each team was assembled. Hopefully, after another year of maturing, the Nuggets will take a big step this year and prove this rumor correct.