2023 Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup: Get to Know the Denver Nuggets Starting Lineup, Full Denver Nuggets Roster

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We all got to know the Denver Nuggets lineup quite well if we paid attention to the NBA playoffs last spring, especially at the end when they won 10 of their final 11 games.

And we also learned that Nikola Jokic probably should have won his third straight MVP award. No disrespect to Joel Embiid, but Jokic ended up in a much better spot than Mr. Second Round Exit.

But as anybody who partook in Colorado sports betting has learned, the Nuggets' starting 5 were more than Nikola Jokic. There were four other starters and one heck of a coach, along with some very steady and heady reserves.

What Does the Denver Nuggets Starting 5 Lineup Look Like?

Here's the full Denver Nuggets starting 5 lineup at full strength. If all players can remain healthy for the rest of the year, the Nuggets Championship Odds will top among the top choices among NBA teams. 

Point Guard:Jamal Murray
Shooting Guard:Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Small Forward:Michael Porter Jr.
Power ForwardAaron Gordon
CenterNikola Jokic

Point Guard Jamal Murray

One of the best players ever to come out of Canada, Murray was the seventh overall pick of the 2016 draft out of the University of Kentucky and made the NBA's All-Rookie Second-Team in his first season when he averaged 9.9 points while coming off the bench in 73 of 82 games. He averaged a career-high 6.2 assists last season while averaging 20.0 points, a drop off of 1.2 points from what he averaged the previous year. He has not played in all 82 games since his rookie season.

Shooting Guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

The consummate glue guy, a tenacious defender who can step up and his a timely 3-pointer, be a screen-setter and someone who allows a play to develop as it has been designed by keeping the proper spacing, often to allow for Jokic to operate an unencumbered as possible. Now in his 11th season, he has averaged fewer than 10 points in two of the past four seasons.

Small Forward Michael Porter Jr.

A survivor of several major surgical procedures on his back, the Nuggets drafted him with the 14th overall pick in 2018 out of Missouri knowing full well that they may not see him at his best for a couple of years because of ongoing issues with his back. Porter had a breakouts season in 2020-21 when he increased his scoring average 9.7 points to 19.0 per game and shot 44.5 percent on 3-pointers. 

Power Forward Aaron Gordon

The Nuggets signed him away from the Orlando Magic after he had spent his first seven seasons there, never averaging more than 17.6 points but also never quite living up to the hype of being a No. 4 overall pick, which he was in 2014. His best stat last season was shooting 56.4 percent from the field, a career-best. It almost matched his below-par free throw shooting, 60.8 percent.

Center Nikola Jokic

Known as "The Joker", the 7-foot Serbian is no joke when it comes to talent, coming within two-tenths of an assist of becoming the first non-guard ever to average a triple-double last season, something only Russell Westbrook and Oscar Robertson have accomplished. Jokic does it all from passing to dribbling to 3-point shooting to foul shooting, as he has never shot below 81 percent at the charity strike over the course of eight professional seasons. He is a five-time All-Star.

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Examining the Denver Nuggets’ 2023-24 Bench

Point Guard:Reggie JacksonJalen PickettCollin Gillespie
Shooting Guard:Christian BraunJulian StrawtherJustin Holiday
Small Forward:Christian BraunJustin holidayHunter Tyson
Power ForwardPeyton WatsonHunter TysonZeke Nnaji
CenterZeke NnajiDeAndre JordanZay Huff

The Nuggets lost a key bench contributor, Bruce Brown, who went to the Indiana Pacers as a free agent because NBA salary cap rules limited the amount of money the Nuggets could offer him to stay. It was a hash reality that they knew was coming, and they addressed it by making a deal with the Pacers for the draft rights to Strawther, a 6-foot-7 swingman from Gonzaga. He is battling for minutes this season with Braun, who showed his mettle in the playoffs when he shot 7-for-8 and scored 15 points in the pivotal Game 3 against Miami when Denver took a 2-1 lead and never looked back. The most important bench player may be Jackson, who will be relied upon regularly to play starters minutes when the oft-injured Murray goes down.

Who Is Denver Nuggets’ 6th Man?

In 2023 the Nuggets' 6th man will be Reggie Jackson, a first-round pick of Oklahoma City in 2011. He spent four seasons with the Thunder, six with the Pistons and four with the Clippers before signing with Denver last season as a free agent after he was traded to Charlotte and waived. He has 75 career postseason games under his belt.

Get to Know the Denver Nuggets Front Office

General ManagerCalvin Booth
Head CoachMichael Malone
Associate Head CoachAndre Miller

Who Is the Denver Nuggets' Head Coach?

Michael Malone is the son of the late Brendan Malone, an NBA lifer who was the head coach of the Toronto Raptors and taught his son the coaching craft. Malone was an assistant with the Knicks, Cavaliers, Hornets and Warriors before becoming head coach in Sacramento from 2013-14 and then getting the Nuggets job the following year.

Who Is the Denver Nuggets’ General Manager?

Calvin Booth as a journeyman NBA player who spent time with the Wizards, Mavericks, Sonics, Bucks, Sixers, Timberwolves and Kings before working as a scout for the Pelicans and Timberwolves. The Nuggets made him their assistant general manager in 2017.

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Chris Sheridan is a veteran NBA Writer who has been covering the league since 1992, with a specialty in international basketball after being credentialed for every Olympics since 1996-Atlanta. He has been writing in the sports gambling journalism space since PASPA was overturned in 2018, and age 58 he still can drain the 3-pointer and can dunk with the help of a ladder.

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