8. Denver Nuggets
The Nuggets are under pressure this year but they’ve managed to cope with it. First of all, Nikola Jokic has been consistently excellent while Jamal Murray is also improving nicely. The problem with Jokic is that time off usually isn’t good for him. He’s not great at keeping in shape.
However, if he comes back fit and ready, you’ve got a contender. Meanwhile, Paul Millsap has also been working hard on plyometrics during the unexpected hiatus. These two men are perfect foils for each other so it’s imperative that the Nuggets get them on the court together when they return.