As expected, the signing of Paul Millsap will be overlooked in a summer packed full of trades and free agent moves. No matter how overlooked, this signing will keep the Denver Nuggets very competitive in a wild Western Conference.
Millsap brings a four year streak of all-star appearances with him to Denver to pair with one of the league’s best young stars in Nikola Jokic. We shouldn’t jump the gun by saying the Nuggets have the best front court in the league as there’s still a tandem of DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
However, we can safely say that Denver now has the best passing front court in the league with Jokic and Millsap. They combined for 8.6 assists per game.
Paul Millsap’s Importance
The Nuggets now have something underrated that the defending champion Golden State Warriors have as well. Besides the great shooters that everyone notices, the Nuggets now have great passers to keep the defense moving. The Warriors are constantly moving the ball to get great open looks. The same kind of play can be expected out of the Nuggets this year. These unselfish distributors, such as Millsap, should really help them capitalize on their great shooting, making them very fun to watch.
Denver is On the Mile-High Rise
All the buzz about how loaded the Western Conference is becoming more and more real. The Nuggets are now in good position to propel themselves upward in the standings next year. It seems that the Utah Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers, and Memphis Grizzlies may have moved out of the playoff picture. There are many teams that are much improved over the last few years. The biggest problem most teams have is that being young is great but it hardly ever wins in this league. Missing the playoffs again isn’t an option and the Nuggets who could very well be competing for first round home court advantage.
It will be interesting to see how things turn out next year and if anymore big moves will be made before then.