The Denver Nuggets high-powered offense makes them a must-watch team for the upcoming season. Last year, they only finished ninth in the NBA Western Conference with a 40-42 record, but their 111.7 PPG and 110.0 offensive rating ranked third and fifth, respectively. The Nuggets did most of their damage through sharing the ball and utilizing cuts effectively.
In the previous season, the Nuggets had the sixth highest field goal percentage (46.9%), meaning they shot the ball relatively well. The Nuggets had such a reputable field goal percentage because they tended to share the ball often. They posted the second highest assist average (25.3), seventh highest assist percentage (61.5%), and fourth highest assist ratio (18.3). These numbers indicate the team’s willingness to pass the ball and ability to create scoring opportunities through ball movement which, in turn, led to a higher field goal percentage.
Going into more detail, the Nuggets had an effective field goal percentage of 53.0% (ranked fifth). Taking into account three point shots (effective field goal percentage), this team was more successful from the field at scoring points per possession. In addition, the Nuggets had a true shooting percentage of 56.8% (ranked fifth) and a 100.7 pace (ranked seventh). In basketball, the importance of efficient shooting (true shooting percentage) and the number of possessions a team uses per game (pace) is emphasized. The Nuggets offense is potent due to their skill in utilizing possessions and shooting efficiently on each of those possessions.
This team is also incredibly gifted at moving without the ball and cutting at opportune times. The Nuggets used cuts 9.2% of the time (ranked third) and generated 1.33 points per possession on cuts (ranked second). They posted a 69.0% field goal percentage on cuts (ranked fifth) and had a 67.3% score frequency. Their ability to convert on plays where a cut is involved with high efficiency makes their offense all the more successful. The Nuggets second highest points in the paint (49.8) can be attributed to their talent in generating points off cuts.
Additionally, the Nuggets ranked second in second chance points with 15.1 per game and eighth in fast break points with 14.2 per game. This team’s significant true shooting percentage and pace can be credited to their second chance points within the same possession and fast break points.
The Nuggets had one of the best offenses in the NBA last season and are primed to become even more deadly with the addition of Paul Millsap and the emergence of Nikola Jokic. Defenses, if not prepared, will crumble under this Nuggets offense.
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