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Monte Morris putting Nuggets ‘high in the rankings’ despite improvement of other West teams

Monte Morris, Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were the second-best Western Conference team in terms of regular-season record last season, and Monte Morris expects them to remain very “high in the rankings” despite the improvements made by their conference rivals.

Morris told Alex Labidou of Nuggets.com that sky is the limit for the Nuggets next season. After winning 54 games in 2018-19 and having a taste of playoff basketball, Morris feels that they now know how to make it to the next level.

The 24-year-old guard is aware that it will not be easy after several teams made big moves this summer, with the Los Angeles Lakers adding several pieces, including Anthony Davis and Danny Green; the Los Angeles Clippers acquiring Kawhi Leonard and Paul George; and the Houston Rockets trading for Russell Westbrook. However, Morris still likes their chances.

“There’s no excuses, we got to win and we control our destiny,” Morris said. “Despite different teams teaming up and getting a lot better, I feel like I’d still put us high in the rankings no matter what just because we got everybody back and added a few more pieces.”

Morris will be entering his third season in the league. The former Iowa State standout played a significant role last season after spending most of his time on the bench during his rookie year. In 82 games last year, he posted 10.4 points to go along with 3.6 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.