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PJ is an elite rotational defender. A team defender that everyone needs.
He is not an elite on-ball guy. He’s very good.
But what happens when the Nuggets are facing Anthony Davis? Or Giannis? Or hell, LeBron? Why in the world would you want P.J. Dozier to be the one guarding those guys? He can’t do that. He’s a guard and smaller wing defender.
If your belief is that the Nuggets should only pay three guys a bunch of money and then have what amounts to a rotation of complementary players for different situations, then that’s fine. Having Gordon is the attempt to combine various defensive roles into a single player. Hence, the versatility. That’s valuable.
The Nuggets clearly believe he’s valuable too, and so do I.
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Good thing he isn't being paid $30 million then...?
Comment 1 reply, 10 recs
That's because they didn't bring him in to stop Dame. They brought him in to stop the big wings
None of which they played in the playoffs but are likely to see going forward.
Lakers – LeBron and AD
Clippers – PG (and Kawhi, but injured)
Mavericks – Luka
Pelicans – Zion and Ingram
This move was made with the future in mind. If there was another player out there who actually helps Denver more that doesn’t take away from Denver’s current Big Three, then they should have gone out to get them. That player doesn’t exist, or they are too pricy.
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Crowder is a far worse defender than Gordon.
Imagine saying, "alright Jae, I know everyone else has struggled with the Dame assignment, but we’re going to use you as our big wing defender on him instead."
We’ve already seen how Crowder does against the likes of LeBron and AD when both are at full strength. Go back to the bubble for documentation of that series between the Lakers and Heat. Gordon at least gives Denver a chance. A good chance honestly, if you can remember back to how he defended Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
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He didn't have to carry the whole team on his back when they put together the team they wanted after the All-Star break.
The Murray injury (followed by injuries to every single guard) shifted several things in his direction though.
Porter will be scoring more. That will help.
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I decided on no players that could conceivably be the best player over Jokic
So, that eliminates peak Curry, whose peak was higher than Joker’s IMO.
Ray Allen was basically my second choice here. He’s a lot like Reggie, but Reggie just happened to be the guy I picked. You could argue for Ray instead.
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But kbala is also clearly ignoring the fact that Murray and Jokic had years to develop chemistry
And that MPJ will improve as a ball handler, decision maker, and more as he improves as a player. Kind of a wild take to be so out on MPJ given his limited college/NBA experience interrupted by surgeries and COVID so far.