Analysis: Miller heads back to Denver after making 47 appearances for the Nuggets over the 2015-16 season, averaging just 7.9 minutes per game. The 36-year-old will have a very similar role during the coming two years as he likely adds most of his value as a mentor to one of the youngest teams in the league.
Analysis: Prior to going down with the injury, Gallinari was in the midst of a career season and finished the campaign with averages of 19.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 three-pointers in 34.7 minutes per game. The Nuggets still appear to be in rebuilding mode heading into 2016-17, so with no major offseason additions likely on the way, Gallinari should be expected to shoulder the bulk of the scoring burden for the team once again.
Analysis: Mudiay closed out his rookie season with three respectable shooting performances in a row, hitting 50 percent of his attempts from the field during that span while averaging 21.3 points, 5.3 assists, and 4.3 rebounds. While that offers some encouragement heading into the summer, Mudiay still has a ways to go in development before the Nuggets can confidently structure their franchise around him. While Mudiay played better in the second half of the season, his ugly shooting percentage and turnover problems remain major warts in his game, and in leagues where those two stat categories are used, he's hardly an asset at all. Still, the team appears poised to proceed with Mudiay as their starting point guard in 2016-17, and it wouldn't be surprising if he posted improvements in just about every area.
Analysis: Coach Mike Malone played both of his frontcourt starters 35 or more minutes, but Jokic turned in a far more efficient night than his comrade Jusuf Nurkic, who shot 5-for-13 from the field and turned the ball over eight times. While both Nurkic and Jokic offer plenty of upside due to their youth and well-rounded skill sets, it's uncertain if the two can regularly coexist on the court together over the course of a full season, since both profile best as centers. If the Nuggets do decide to keep one center over the other, expect Jokic to be the choice, as he submitted a superior campaign and doesn't carry the same long-term health concerns as Nurkic, who missed half of the season while recovering from offseason knee surgery. After seeing limited usage early in the season, Jokic emerged as one of the top rookies in the league, finishing with averages of 9.9 points (on 51.2% shooting), seven boards, 2.4 assists, and one steal over just 21.7 minutes. With a likely boost in playing time in 2016-17, Jokic should churn out even more fantasy-friendly numbers.
Analysis: The Nuggets were down to three rotational big men with Darrell Arthur (knee) and Joffrey Lauvergne (back) sitting out, paving the way for Nurkic and Nikola Jokic to see expanded workloads in the season finale. Nurkic's high usage came with a price though, as he shot poorly from the field for the second consecutive game and committed a season-high eight turnovers, the latter of which negated some of his excellent contributions across the stat sheet. Nonetheless, it was good to at least see Nurkic end the season with a sizable role, as he was sidelined for much of the first half following offseason knee surgery and then struggled to find a consistent spot in the rotation until around mid-March. It's unclear if the Nuggets view Nurkic as a vital part of their future following the emergence of rookie center Nikola Jokic this season, but Nurkic's final 12 games provide a glimpse of type of impact he can have if given an extended opportunity. Over that span, Nurkic averaged 11.9 points (on 47.5% shooting from the field), 6.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, two blocks, and 1.2 steals in 23.6 minutes.
Analysis: Harris was questionable heading into this contest due to a sore groin, but he has officially been announced as a starter. He did not miss any time prior to this game, so expect him to take on his normal workload.
Analysis: Back problems have cropped up periodically for Lauvergne throughout the season, and it looks like the Nuggets are leaning toward erring on the side of caution and keeping him out with nothing to play for in the season finale. Darrell Arthur (knee) and Kenneth Faried (coach's decision) are also doubtful to play, so the Nuggets could end up being quite shorthanded up front.
Analysis: At this point, it appears Harris experienced no issues with his sore groin during morning shootaround, so barring a late setback, he should be able to see a full minutes load in the season finale. Harris has shown marked improvement in his second season in the league, averaging 12.2 points (on 47.1% shooting from the field), 2.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.4 three-pointers, and 1.3 steals over 32 minutes.
Analysis: Harris is in danger of missing the season finale, having not missed a game since Dec. 8. Look for a decision to be made after the team goes through shootaround on Wednesday morning. If he is ruled out, look for Will Barton to be bumped into the starting rotation.