Position Battles to Monitor: Western Conference
Position Battles to Monitor: Western Conference

Last week, we broke down the Eastern Conference training camp battles to monitor for Fantasy purposes. This time around, we'll shift our focus to the ultra-competitive West.

Here are 10 situations worth keeping an eye on as training camp and the preseason get underway over the next few weeks.

Denver Nuggets: Power forward

Jerami Grant, Paul Millsap, Michael Porter Jr.

The Nuggets were already one of the deepest teams in the NBA, and they got even deeper in July after swiping Jerami Grant from the Thunder as part of OKC's post-Paul-George-trade fire sale. The deal cost Denver a first-round pick, but it figures to fall in the late-20s, and adding Grant, who's coming off the best season of his career, is well worth the acquisition price.

The 25-year-old Grant had never been Fantasy-relevant until last season, when he barged his way into the starting lineup and averaged 13.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.4 made threes in nearly 33 minutes per game. An unheralded second-round pick in 2014, Grant's trajectory as a player is firmly on its way up, but his workload in Denver is almost guaranteed to decrease.

The Nuggets have an abundance of depth all over the roster, and while the wing rotation is particularly crowded, the power forward spot is also muddled. The veteran Millsap is the incumbent after Denver picked up his $20 million team option for 2019-20. But Millsap, now 34, played just 27.1 minutes per game last season after missing much

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