Denver Nuggets fans are ecstatic right now, as their squad has not only welcomed back both Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. at 100% for the first time in two years, and it currently owns the best record in the West at 23-12. Murray and Porter Jr. are still finding their groove, and the hope is they reach their peak before the playoffs. Nikola Jokic might be playing the best basketball of his career, with a realistic chance to win his third straight MVP—becoming the first player since Larry Bird to accomplish that feat.
The Nuggets have a solid foundation, and it is not far outside the ream of possibility for them to win their first ever NBA title. Role players like Aaron Gordon and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have been thriving in their roles as well, but Denver still needs to shore up its bench for the postseason. One weakness is wing depth off the bench, so don’t be surprised if the Nuggets are linked to quality wings across the league leading up to the trade deadline.
Here are the three players Denver should target hardest leading up to February 9th.
3. Kyle Anderson
Since improving on defense is Denver’s utmost priority, Kyle Anderson is an underrated wing who could be effective in the Mile High City playing around 15-18 minutes off the bench. Anderson can defend heftier wings because of his strength, but can also switch onto guards without getting roasted due to his incredible length, quick hands and excellent defensive awareness.
It is well-known in NBA circles that Michael Porter Jr. is injury prone, so Anderson can fill in the void if the Nuggets reserve wings need to step up. On offense, he is a terrific screener and canny playmaker as well, skills that do not always appear on the stat sheet but are vital to a team’s long-term success.