|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Northwest Division||101.5 (3rd)||105.0 (4th)|
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Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried did not practice Wednesday morning due to cramps, the Denver Pioneers Post reports.
Faried was crippled by cramps at Monday night's session, and he rested Wednesday morning while still battling residual soreness.
Expect Faried to be back on the practice floor within the next couple of days.
Nuggest forward Wilson Chandler is expected to see minutes at both small and power forward this season for the Denver Nuggets , Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
Chandler is among the most versatile players on the Nuggets' roster, as his 6-foot-7 frame makes him ideally suited to man a wing spot, while also boasting enough muscle to effectively bang down low. He'll likely spend most of his minutes at small forward, but with big man Jusuf Nurkic (knee) set to miss the start of the season, Chandler could see some early run at power forward when the Nuggets utilize small-ball lineups. Those type of arrangements could present more rebounding opportunities for Chandler, who pulled down an already respectable 6.1 boards in 31.7 minutes per game in 2014-15.
Denver Nuggets coach Mike Malone said Monday that Danilo Gallinari would see time at both small forward and power forward this season, Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post reports.
Gallinari's lithe frame (6-foot-10, 225 pounds) and tendency to linger on the perimeter makes him more ideally suited for minutes at small forward, but the Nuggets seem open to giving him minutes at the four when the team opts for a small-ball, up-tempo attack. In such scenarios, Kenneth Faried would likely move to center, potentially creating an avenue for Gallinari to improve on the meager total of 3.7 rebounds he averaged last season.
Part of that was a byproduct of playing only 24 minutes per game, but Gallinari's playing time figures to rise in 2015-16 now that he's further removed from a April 2013 ACL tear and a December 2014 meniscus tear that compromised his explosiveness. At 27 years old, it's quite possible Gallinari has already peaked as an NBA player, but at the very least, he should remain one of the Nuggets' most potent assassins from the three-point arc. He knocked down 107 treys at a 35.5 percent clip while playing in just 59 games last season.
"I feel really good. When I'm healthy, 100 percent I"ll be back," Nurkic said. "So, one more month or two, we'll see."
The Nuggets expected Nurkic to be limited throughout training camp, and it appears he could miss up to a month of regular season time.
A more definitive timetable should emerge over the next two or three weeks, but for now consider Nurkic week to week and questionable to play at any point in the preseason.
The Nuggets also have J.J. Hickson and Nikola Jokic on the roster, and coach Mike Malone revealed Monday that Kenneth Faried could also see time at center this season.
To date, the vast majority of Faried's minutes have come at his natural power forward spot, but the
Faried, himself, said he 'loves' playing small ball, so the situation is certainly something to keep an eye on when the regular season gets underway.
However, with the likes of Jusuf Nurkic, Nikola Jokic and J.J. Hickson on the roster, it's unclear just how often Faried may find himself at center this season. Per Basketball-Reference, just 4 percent of his career minutes have come at the five, compared to 90 percent at the four.
|2014-15 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Ty Lawson , PG||15.2|
|RPG||Kenneth Faried , PF||8.9|
|APG||Ty Lawson , PG||9.6|
|FG%||Kenneth Faried , PF||50.7|
|FT%||Danilo Gallinari , SF||89.5|
|3P%||Randy Foye , PG||35.7|
|BLOCKS||Jusuf Nurkic , C||68|
|STEALS||Ty Lawson , PG||92|
|MPG||Ty Lawson , PG||35.5|
|Full Team Statistics|
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