3. Denver Nuggets
The Denver Nuggets might be in a similar position to that of the 2012-13 Golden State Warriors. This team is stacked with young talent and has already notched a few strong seasons under the belt. Now, they are tasked with taking the next big step forward and reaching the NBA Finals.
While the Nuggets don’t have a player as breathtaking as Stephen Curry, there is no denying the all-around dominance of Nikola Jokic. He is the most versatile big man in the league, averaging 20.2 points, 10.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.
Jokic utilized his time in quarantine to become noticeably thinner, giving him the potential to be much more agile than in the past. On the flip side, he may be less dominant in the post and easier to move on box outs. Keep an eye on Jokic in the bubble to see how the change in weight impacts his game.
Michael Porter Jr. is another player to watch. Constant injuries have restricted him but he has shown great skill when he is healthy. In the 6 games he played 25+ minutes in this season, Porter averaged 17.2 points and 11.8 rebounds.
Other exciting players like Jamal Murray and Gary Harris make up the Nuggets roster. A strong performance in Orlando could solidify them as title threats moving into the next few seasons.