The logjam that was the Denver Nuggets’ power forward rotation during the 2017-18 season was dense enough to dam up the Platte River. There were six players on last year’s squad whose best position was the four: Paul Millsap, Trey Lyles, Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Juancho Hernangomez and Tyler Lydon. That number swelled to seven if you counted Wilson Chandler, who spent most of his time at small forward but said publicly he preferred power forward.
This season, thanks to a trade with the Brooklyn Nets, the power forward rotation is not quite as crowded. By sending Faried, Arthur and a pair of picks east, the Nuggets were able to shed enough salary to avoid the luxury tax and address their roster imbalance. But make no mistake: Even after swinging that deal, there’s still plenty of congestion with five players on Denver’s 14-man roster whose best position is the four.