Paul Millsap raves about Nuggets’ inclination to keep the ball moving
All-Star forward Paul Millsap made the decision this summer to sign a lucrative three-year, $90 million deal to join the Denver Nuggets and in his introductory press conference earlier this week, he made it a point to emphasize how much he valued the Nuggets’ unselfish style of play, according to NBA.com’s Christopher Dempsey.
“Just their style of play, you know, how unselfish they are… It starts with five guys on the court willing to give up the basketball to get a better shot, willing to hit the open guy and that’s what I’m all about as a basketball player. It’s fun to watch and fun to be a part of and I think that’s what it’s all about. You have to have fun playing basketball.”
Denver has constructed a team full of young talent centered around center Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray, Gary Harris, and Emmanuel Mudiay. The fact that each of these players has the ability to get their own shot has created a more team unified play among them as they ranked second in the league behind the Golden State Warriors with 25.3 assists per game.
During the final 44 games of the season, the Nuggets were second in the second league averaging 27.3 assists per game. This helped generate a high volume of offense scoring 120-plus points 18 times over that stretch while also shooting greater than 50 percent from the field on 20 occasions in the final two months of the season.
Millsap could immediately come in and fill become of their primary options, but he has shown to be a willing passer coming off a career-high 3.7 assists last season. This unselfish style of play could go a long way in helping the Nuggets become a contending playoff team.