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Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.16 - Where do Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic rank in terms of current NBA duos?

In this episode, I am joined by Ryan Blackburn to talk about his recent article on the comparison between Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, and Kobe and Shaq. Don't laugh. Okay laugh a little bit. But Ryan does a nice job of explaining why the comparison works, at least on some level. Then, we rank the 12 best duos in the NBA. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.11 - Coach David Thorpe on Jerami Grant and Denver's place in the loaded Western Conference

In this episode, I am joined by coach David Thorpe, partner and lead analyst for TrueHoop.com as well as the executive director of the Pro Training Center. Coach Thorpe has been training professional basketball players for over 20 years and has worked with over 70 current or former NBA players. He also has a new, online virtual training service that sends daily workouts to your inbox so you can train like the pros. TheProTrainingCenter.com is a subscription service and perfect for anyone who...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.10 - A brief scouting report from game 2 of Summer League

In this episode, I share some quick notes on Jarred Vanderbilt, Vlatko Cancar, Brandon Goodwin, and Thomas Welsh following their second summer league game. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.8 - Everything you need to know about the Denver Nuggets acquiring Jerami Grant

In this roundtable style episode, I am joined by Harrison Wind (BSN Denver) and Dev Johnson (Mile High Sports) to breakdown every angle of the trade that send Jerami Grant to the Denver Nuggets for a future first round draft pick. We talk about Grant's fit on the roster and his potential future with the team. We also look at how much this moves the needle for the Nuggets in the loaded Western Conference. Lastly, we analyze Vlatko Cancar, Jarred Vanderbilt, and the rest of Denver's summer...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - Special Guest Jarred Vanderbilt

In this episode, I am joined by Jarred Vanderbilt, Denver's 2nd year forward out of the University of Kentucky. I used this opportunity to allow fans to get to know Jarred the person, asking him about some of his favorite things in life, his experience at Kentucky, and who he has modeled his game after. Jarred is a very exciting young prospect with a unique skill set and a lot of upside. Like his teammate, Michael Porter Jr., Jarred fell in the draft due to an unfortunate injury but was...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.2 - What will Jamal Murray have to do to live up to his $170 million contract? With Matt Moore

In this episode, I am joined by Matt Moore, senior NBA writer for the Action Network. The two of us discuss Jamal Murray’s extension and what the young point guard must do in order to live up to his new $170 million contract. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 7.1 - The Denver Nuggets will sink or swim with Jamal Murray's development

In this episode, I share my immediate reaction to the Denver Nuggets extended Jamal Murray for 5 years, $170 million. The Nuggets are now all-in on Nikola Jokic and Murray being the cornerstone of an NBA championship team. What risks are involved in that gamble? Plus, I bounce around the league and talk about how each free agency signing affects the Denver Nuggets. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.29 - Ryan Blackburn and Brendan Vogt on Denver picking up Paul Millsap's team option

In this episode, I am joined by Ryan Blackburn and Brendan Vogt of Denver Stiffs to discuss all angles of the Denver Nuggets decision to pick up Paul Millsap's team option. We discuss the pros and cons of this decision, talk about how it could work out well and how it could work out poorly down the road, and go over what options may have been ahead for Denver had they declined the team option. In segment three, we talk about the decision to extend the qualifying offer to Trey Lyles and the...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.27 - Sam Vecenie on Bol Bol, MPJ, and Jarred Vanderbilt

In this episode, I am joined by Sam Vecenie, NBA draft expert for The Athletic. Sam shares why he was so low on Bol Bol and some of the concerns surrounding him as he begins his professional career. Sam talks about his potential fit alongside Nikola Jokic, the upside of his game, and what kind of timeline Nuggets fans should expect. Later on in the show, we discuss Michael Porter Jr., a player that Sam is extremely excited to watch at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas next week. lastly, we...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.24 - The inside scoop on Michael Porter Jr. & Jarred Vanderbilt, with Krysten Peek.

In part two of this fantastic conversation with Krysten Peek of Rivals.com and Yahoo Sports, we continue our discussion of Bol Bol and look at what things the Denver Nuggets can do to improve his chances of succeeding in the NBA. We then turn our attention to Michael Porter Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt, two players who Krysten got to know very well throughout their high school careers. Krysten talks about getting to know both of their families and explains why she called MPJ the best high...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.24 - The inside scoop on Bol Bol, with Rivals.com's Krysten Peek. [PART ONE]

In part one of this fantastic two-part interview, Krysten Peek of Rivals.com and Yahoo Sports takes me behind the scenes on the high school and AAU circuit to discuss her experience covering Bol Bol, a player who she says is misunderstood by most casual fans and draft analysts. In segments one and two, we start by discussing the high school / AAU circuit and the unique aspects of covering teenage athletes. The conversation lays the foundation for understanding who these elite youth...


Locked on Denver Nuggets Podcast - 6.21 - Live reaction to the 2019 NBA Draft.

This episode of the Locked on Nuggets podcast was recorded live at Pepsi Center during the 2nd round of the 2019 NBA draft which means we were recording as the Denver Nuggets traded into the 2nd round to acquire Bol Bol. I am joined by Brendan Vogt and Ryan Blackburn. Segment 1: Reactions to Denver sitting out the first round Segment 2: Overall thoughts about the draft including winners, losers, and more. Segment 3: Live reaction to the Bol Bol pick and our analysis. Learn more about...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.20 - Who should the Denver Nuggets draft if they pick 10th, 20th, or 30th in the NBA draft? With special guest, Cosmis.

In this episode I am joined by one of the most knowledgeable and obsessive NBA Draft experts in the world, Brian Schroeder, better known online as Cosmis. In segment one we discuss the recent moves around the league including Mike Conley heading to "the city of Utah." In segment two we discuss the scouting reports on Michael Porter Jr., Jarred Vanderbilt, and Thomas Welsh. And in segment three, Cosmis gives me his pick for who Denver should draft if they get a pick in the teens, the 20s, the...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.19 - With AD in LA, are the Nuggets still better than the Lakers? With Brendan Vogt.

In this episode, I am joined by Brendan Vogt who does a great job of saying my name as a formality when emphasizing a point. The two of us discuss the new-look Los Angeles Lakers and whether or not the Denver Nuggets are still better than them. We also talk about how quickly teams like the Boston Celtics went from "can't miss future" to "rebuild 2.0." Lastly, we talk about which players on Denver's roster we would not trade for anyone, which ones we'd only trade for a superstar, and which...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.14 - Big Stiff Summit IV, with Andy Feinstein

In this episode, I am joined by Andy Feinstein to discuss the Raptors championship, Masai Ujiri's greatness, and the value of great ownership. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.13 - What is market value for Paul Millsap in free agency? With Jeff Siegel

In part two of my conversation with Jeff Siegel, we dive deep into the details of Denver's salary cap. How much will Paul Millsap cost and what are the options Denver has to create a team-friendly deal? Should the Nuggets sign Jamal Murray, Malik Beasley, and Juancho Hernangomez to extensions? Here is the link to part one - on potential free agent targets and trade options for the Nuggets. Music: Riza Penjoel, Chriss Joss, Ernest Ranglin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.12 - Realistic free agent targets for the Denver Nuggets, with Jeff Siegel

Jeff Siegel is one of the best and most knowledgeable analysts around. His work can be found at a variety of outlets including Early Bird Writes, where his Denver Nuggets offseason preview will be posted on Tuesday. Jeff hopped on the podcast for a two-part discussion about Denver's upcoming offseason. In part one, we discuss Denver's salary cap situation, realistic targets in free agency, and the one non-star player who Jeff believes could get Denver over the hump and turn them into a...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.10 - What are we learning from this year's NBA Finals?

In this episode, I look at some of the trends from the 2019 playoffs and NBA finals and ask what lessons we should be learning going forward. The NBA Finals often provide a lens to spot the latest trends in the league and find out what kinds of things are becoming increasingly valuable. I talk about the tradeoff between depth and top-down talent, the importance of keeping the talent pipeline full, and other much more. Lastly, I look at which Denver Nuggets players we should expect to see...


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.4 - Where does Nikola Jokic go from here?

In this episode I provide my end of season evaluation for Nikola Jokic, the cornerstone of the Denver Nuggets. Joker turned himself into a top 10 player in the NBA and had one of the best NBA playoff debuts in modern NBA history. So what's next for him? Where can he improve his game and what do the Nuggets need him to become in order to compete for championships? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


Locked on Denver Nuggets - 6.3 - How much would the Denver Nuggets change if they lost Paul Millsap?

In this episode, I am joined by Gordon Gross of the Denver Stiffs to provide an end of season evaluation for Paul Millsap. We discuss his offensive and defensive fit alongside Nikola Jokic, his age and expectations over the next couple of seasons, and his impact on the team's defense and rebounding. We also talk about the type of contract we hope he will sign in the offseason. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices