Michael Malone says Nikola Jokic, Paul Millsap form NBA’s most unselfish frontcourt
The Denver Nuggets took this offseason very seriously. The organization worked to bring veteran help to their young team and it worked. Former Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap decided to join the Nuggets on a three-year, $90 million deal.
Due to this signing, the Nuggets’ frontcourt boasts of two amazing players with a team-first attitude. Millsap is a former All-Star and one of the best power forwards in the league. On the center position, they have Serbian rising star Nikola Jokic. Jokic impressed the world last season with his flashy passes and well-rounded scoring ability. While his defense can still use some improvement, Jokic’s amazing offensive game is enough to forget about the defensive woes.
While there are doubts about these two guys fitting in together, head coach Michael Malone doesn’t agree.
Per the Associated Press via ESPN:
“I’m excited about that challenge. We don’t run from that,” Malone said. “He’s going to help us tremendously. We feel in Nikola and Paul, we have the most talented, most unselfish, best playmaking frontcourt in the NBA.”
Malone might be right. Jokic is a willing passer and his assists can really bring the Pepsi Center on its feet. Last season, he averaged 4.9 dimes per contest.
Millsap, on the other hand, averaged a career-high 3.7 assists per game last season. Also, he is coming from a system in Atlanta where every player needed to pass the rock. Millsap should fit in as a willing distributor into the Nuggets’ high-octane offensive schemes.