If preseason NBA player rankings are an indication of team success for the upcoming season, then the Nuggets are sitting in a good spot.
According to ESPN’s NBArank, Denver has five players listed among the league’s top 100 players. Will Barton (No. 68), Paul Millsap (No. 59), Jamal Murray (No. 45), Gary Harris (No. 43) and Nikola Jokic (No. 12).
Denver had three players on the list last year: Harris (No. 90), Millsap (No. 27) and Jokic (No. 16).
Perhaps one of these five will earn an all-star spot, an honor no Denver player has had since Carmelo Anthony in 2011.
But does individual success translate into a strong team record? Denver missed the playoffs each of the last two years by just one game. This year, ESPN projects the Nuggets to be the No. 5 seed in the West with a 47-35 record (a one-game improvement over their 2017-18 campaign). And Bleacher Report also has them at the No. 5 spot going 50-32.