Denver Nuggets: Breaking down potential big-man lineups

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While inconsistent shooting around Jokic has become a frustrating norm, Denver’s best marksmen have primarily been the big men in the bubble. Millsap drained a team-best 44.0 percent from deep this season, establishing himself as a marquee knock-down threat in his older age. Grant shot 40.0 percent from beyond the arc, averaging 1.4 3-point makes per game (third-best on the team).

Bol Bol’s smooth stroke has generated buzz, and he splashed a scorching 52.0 percent from deep in college, knocking down 1.4 3-point makes per contest. Don’t forget Troy Daniels at backup guard, a career 39.6 percent distance shooter who should be called upon at some point.

Denver’s sweet-shooting big men have converted triples at a high percentage, but there’s also a volume-related advantage here. Grant is an athletic 6’9” while Bol stands 7’2”, and the duo might play the two and three-slots alongside Millsap and Jokic.

Smaller defenders will be left to contest Grant’s and Bol’s 3-point attempts, and shooting over 6’3”-6’4” defenders is highly favorable. Look for Denver to finally possess a deep-ball game that requires defensive attention.