First impressions don’t always translate into future results, and that’s especially true when it comes to the NBA’s grueling 82-game schedule. Three games into the preseason, we have our first impressions of this year’s Denver Nuggets.

The same team that’s tasked with returning to the playoffs after missing them last season. Preseason games don’t count so it’s always hard to put much merit into what’s on the floor, but the Nuggets have thought us a couple important things about this years team already.

The Nuggets are 1-2 with the only win coming against the Oklahoma City Thunder, 114-101, and the two losses coming against the Phoenix Suns (97-89) and Los Angeles Lakers (98-95). To prove that preseason news needs to be taken with a grain of salt, rookies Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris led the team in minutes in their loss against the Suns Friday.

However, the Nuggets’ three games did teach us the two important lessons below.

1) Timofey Mozgov is the Nuggets’ starting center.

I was expecting a battle going into Denver Nuggets training camp for the starting center job. It appeared that the starting center role was one that could have truly gone to either 7-footer, Timofey Mozgov or JaVale McGee, this summer. Mozgov is coming off his best season yet, and the Nuggets have been excited about McGee for years, and it sounded like McGee would be fully healed from his stress fracture.

Three games into the preseason, McGee has seen ZERO minutes on the court, so reports of him being ready to earn his starting role back after only playing five games last season may have been a bit premature. McGee has been practicing with the team as normal, but head coach Brian Shaw has kept him out of the preseason games …read more