Veteran forward Paul Millsap is reportedly set to join the third team of his career.
New teammate Jamal Murray reacted to the news on Twitter:
The four-time All-Star and member of the 2015-16 All-Defensive second team spent his first seven seasons in the league with the Utah Jazz and the last four with the Hawks. He is a nightly double-double threat because of his rebounding ability, but he’s best known for his scoring touch after developing into a near-lock to average 15 or more points a night.
He scored a career-best 18.1 points per game with the Hawks in 2016-17, along with 7.7 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.1 three-pointers in 34.0 minutes.
Millsap put up those career-high numbers after Al Horford left for the Boston Celtics last summer, demonstrating he can shoulder a heavy offensive load even at age 32. His ability to hit three-pointers, knock down mid-range shots and attack on the blocks undoubtedly contributed to his hefty new deal with Denver.
Millsap has 87 career postseason contests on his resume, so he’ll provide leadership to Denver while also carrying the offense for extended stretches alongside Nikola Jokic.
The biggest thing missing from Millsap’s career resume is a ring, but the Nuggets haven’t even been to the playoffs since the 2012-13 season. They’ll rely heavily upon him in pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops with the likes of Jamal Murray and Gary Harris to help guide them to the postseason.
While the Nuggets are facing an uphill challenge in the daunting Western Conference, Millsap makes them a more dangerous threat and gives them a potent one-two punch in the frontcourt with Jokic.
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