Denver Nuggets: Offseason Summary 2020

The Denver Nuggets took a huge step last season and during the playoffs, making it to the Western Conference Finals. With the emergence of Jamal Murray, the continued excellence of Nikola Jokic, and the flashes of greatness from Michael Porter Jr., the Nuggets are a contender now and also have a bright future.

To get past the Lakers and other contenders who improved this offseason, the Nuggets had to make a few moves of their own to stay in the race. Between the draft and free agency, the Nuggets have some fresh faces to fill the voids of some of the players they lost.

Nuggets Roster Additions

Zeke Nnaji Draft (22nd)
RJ HamptonDraft (24th)
Facundo Campazzo Free Agency (INTL)
JaMychal GreenFree Agency (LAC)
Isaiah HartensteinFree Agency (HOU)
Markus HowardFree Agency (UDFA)
Greg Whittington Free Agency (INTL)

Biggest Acquisitions

  • RJ Hampton: When it comes to athletic guards, Hampton is among the best in the 2020 draft class. Spending a year overseas playing professionally rather than taking the traditional college route, many thought he had the talent to go in the lottery. Denver was able to pick him up late in the first round,which is yet another great pick from their front office.
  • Markus Howard: Howard went undrafted in the 2020 NBA Draft, but he still was one of Denver’s top acquisitions, especially when it comes to how they got him. The fact that they were able to sign Howard without using any draft capital is incredible. He was the NCAA’s leading scorer last season, producing 27.8 points per game while also shooting .412 from deep. Although he wasn’t drafted, we could look back on this offseason and consider Howard the Nuggets’ best acquisiton.

Nuggets Roster Subtractions

Keita Bates-Diop Free Agency (SAS)
Tyler CookFree Agency (MIN)
Torrey CraigFree Agency (MIL)
Noah VonlehFree Agency (CHI)
Mason PlumleeFree Agency (DET)
Troy DanielsFree Agency
Jerami GrantTrade (DET)

Biggest Losses

  • Jerami Grant: Grant played just one season in Denver before having the ability to walk in free agency. After a breakout season, he earned a major payday, worth $60 million over three-years. When it was all said and done, Denver was able to facilitate a sign-and-trade for Grant to create a TPE, rather than him just walking outright as a free agent.
  • Torrey Craig: Denver loves to play long, athletic guards. Craig fit this mold perfectly, which is why he flurished in the system. Throughout his three years in Denver, Craig rotated between starting and coming off the bench, meaning the Nuggets lost a key piece.

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