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Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay: Struggles with turnovers, shooting in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Mudiay (ankle) delivered 11 points (2-8 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 7-8 FT), seven rebounds, three assists and one steal across 28 minutes in Wednesday's 107-102 win over the Pelicans.

Turnovers and poor shooting marred Mudiay's debut season, and they were unfortunately on display again in Wednesday's opener, with the 20-year-old giving the ball away six times and missing six of his eight shot attempts. On a more positive note, the 7-for-8 mark from the free-throw line qualified as an improvement for a player who shot 67 percent from the charity stripe as a rookie, and the high rebound total showcased the multi-category upside he possesses. Mudiay will likely deliver a lot of good and bad in his statistical profile most nights, and still remains best utilized in points leagues, where his shooting woes aren't put under as much of a microscope.

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Nuggets' Will Barton: Delivers 22 points in start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Barton started at shooting guard and produced 22 points (7-12 FG, 2-3 3Pt, 6-6 FT), five rebounds and two assists across 35 minutes in Wednesday's 107-102 win over the Pelicans.

With Gary Harris (groin) sidelined, Barton received the appointment to the top unit as expected and took on a higher-usage role than he'd normally receive off the bench, finishing second on the Nuggets in scoring and third in shot attempts. Unfortunately for Barton his run in the starting five could be short lived, as Harris has been recently cleared for full practices and may be ready to make his season debut in the Nuggets' next game Saturday against the Trail Blazers. Harris' impending return will dim Barton's outlook a bit, but he'll still be worth owning in most fantasy formats even if he's limited to a 25-to-30 minute role as the Nuggets' sixth man.

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Nuggets' Jusuf Nurkic: Leads team with 23 points in opener
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Nurkic scored a team-high 23 points (9-13 FG, 5-6 FT) to go with nine rebounds, three assists and one blocked shot across 26 minutes in Wednesday's 107-102 win over the Pelicans.

Nurkic was arguably the Nuggets' MVP during preseason play and won a starting role because of it, but didn't rest on those laurels in the season opener. The center was overshadowed by a monstrous performance from Anthony Davis (50 points, 16 rebounds, seven steals) in the opposing frontcourt, but he was nonetheless able to exert his will on the offensive end while converting well both from the field and free-throw line. Foul trouble and the presence of two quality big men in Nikola Jokic and Kenneth Faried figure to create built-in roadblocks that will prevent Nurkic from frequently seeing 30 minutes in any given game, but as he showed Wednesday and in the preseason, he doesn't need a full workload to put up fat stat lines.

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Nuggets' Will Barton: Expected to start in place of Harris
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Barton is expected to start at shooting guard Wednesday against the Pelicans in place of Gary Harris (groin), Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.

Harris has officially been ruled out for the season opener, and given that Barton has been his primary replacement in the lineup during the preseason, it's likely that he'll stick with the top unit until Harris is cleared to return. In addition to Barton, Jamal Murray figures to take on an expanded role in the backcourt as well, but the latter's minutes could fall precipitously when Harris is back, potentially as soon as Saturday against the Trail Blazers.

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Nuggets' Darrell Arthur: Ruled out for season opener
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Arthur (knee) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Pelicans, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.

The big man remained limited at Tuesday's practice, so it's not necessarily surprising that he's been ruled out for Wednesday's opener. According to Dempsey, Arthur was experiencing some swelling his left knee after a workout Monday, which suggests he may be looking at more than a one-game absence. He'll be considered questionable heading into Saturday's home matchup with the Trail Blazers. In Arthur's absence, expect Kenneth Faried to see a mild minutes boost as the top backup to starting power forward Nikola Jokic.

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2016-17 Team Leaders
PPGJusuf Nurkic , C23
RPGKenneth Faried , PF14
APGJusuf Nurkic , C3
FG%Jusuf Nurkic , C69.2
FT%Will Barton , SF100
3P%Will Barton , SF66.7
BLOCKSJusuf Nurkic , C1
STEALSDanilo Gallinari , SF3
MPGDanilo Gallinari , SF38
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