The Nuggets have faced some departures from their championship-winning roster this offseason, with players like Bruce Brown and Jeff Green moving on.
Nevertheless, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is optimistic about the emerging talents, including Christian Braun, and believes they’ve shown promise in the preseason, reports Mark Medina of Sportskeeda.
Kentavious thinks Christian Braun can step into Bruce’s role effectively, maintaining the team’s quality and confidence remains high.
“We did lose Bruce Brown. We did lose Jeff Green. But I feel like Christian Braun, some of our second unit guys and our rookies have been stepping up and have a great preseason. We already know what Christian Braun can do with stepping into that role that Bruce had. We’re still going to be great. I still feel we haven’t lost a step. Just with training camp and playing against the guys in summer, I’ve been around them and have seen how they are in couple of preseason games. It has built confidence.” Kentavious said.
Regarding Christian Braun’s contributions, although Bruce Brown’s unique skills are challenging to replace, Braun brings a similar dynamic with his aggressive cutting, defensive prowess, and ability to make plays using his length and athleticism.
Braun could potentially emerge as a standout player for the Nuggets this season, particularly if he refines his spot-up shooting alongside his transition skills and off-ball strengths.
Winning consecutive championships is a formidable task, but giving valuable minutes to hungry young talents like Christian Braun should keep the Nuggets motivated and in contention for another title this season.