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Here's the second interesting call for Shaw—Timofey Mozgov, JaVale McGee or Nurkic?
Mozgov made tremendous strides last season and put up a career-high 9.4 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks in 21.6 minutes. He earned his starting job last year with his well-rounded game and always showing up ready to go.
McGee was supposed to be last year's starter, but he suffered a leg injury that only allowed him to play the first five games. He's another project for Shaw and the coaching staff to work on, but his combination of size and athleticism puts a tremendous amount of pressure on opponents.
Nurkic was Denver's first pick in the 2014 NBA draft and just finished playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Under-20 European Championship. His team won the title, he earned the MVP, and he averaged 21.4 points, 12 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in eight games, per Nuggets.com.
I think Shaw will try all three guys and not pick a permanent starter right away. He knows Mozgov is on a roll, McGee needs time to get better (and improve his trade value), and Nurkic needs an opportunity to show where he's exactly at against NBA competition.
Mozgov will likely be the guy in the end simply because he's the most consistent and is really flourishing under Shaw.
However, he won't play more than 25 minutes, and McGee will get just under that amount off the bench. Nurkic will have his moments early on, but since he's young and still needs some time to get used to the NBA, it makes sense if he sat more down the stretch.
This gives the Nuggets a starting five of Lawson, Afflalo, Gallinari, Faried and Mozgov.
The second unit would be Robinson, Foye, Chandler, Hickson and McGee. Arthur will be used at times, and Nurkic and Harris will be given some minutes here and there, which leaves Green and Miller sitting most of the time waiting for a chance.
This way, each lineup provides great balance—scorers, high-energy guys and rim protectors—yet the starting five is by far the most dominant.
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