Grading the Week: Nuggets’ Rainbow Skyline jerseys should be celebrated whenever possible, but “Flatirons Red” isn’t a color

The Nuggets’ “Rainbow Skyline” jerseys of old are a work of art.

There is no topping them. They are pure uniform perfection. Any move the Nuggets make to honor them should be celebrated.

That being said…

Nuggets’ 2020 City Edition jerseys — D+

What in the world are the Nuggets doing with the third and final edition of their “City Edition” jerseys?

The first model — white, with the classic rainbow skyline — was a modern take on an old tale worthy of praise.

The “black rainbow” version the Nuggets unveiled in 2019 was also an admirable effort. The kids love black, after all. And you gotta give the kids what they want.

But … “Flatirons red?”

We challenge you to open a 120-pack of Crayola Crayons and find that color in the box.

Actually, we’ll save you the time. It’s not in there. The color does not exist. You made it up, and the Flatirons aren’t even red.

The Nuggets’ blue was just sitting there, waiting to be used. It’s the preferred primary color of the old Rainbow Skyline threads (at least in the Grading the Week offices).

Don’t make this complicated, Nuggets. Go with what works.

Tim Connelly — C+

Once again, Nuggets general manager Tim Connelly displayed his mastery of the NBA draft Wednesday night.

Two days later, however, he and the Nuggets could only watch as veteran forward Jerami Grant and big man Mason Plumlee reportedly left for free-agent deals with Detroit — a terrible blow to Denver’s front court depth.

On draft night, Connelly followed the same formula as the previous two years with the selections of Michael Porter Jr. (2018) and Bol Bol (2019), grabbing a once-highly regarded prospect who fell in the draft.

This time around, it was RJ Hampton, a 6-foot-5 combo guard who was considered a top-five national recruit as recently as last year. To get him a year later at No. 24 amid league-wide panic over Hampton’s ceiling is a steal, and not a bad haul when paired with the selection of high-energy Arizona center Zeke Nnaji at No. 22.

But, boy, do Grant and Plumlee’s departures hurt in the short term.

No Rocky Mountain Showdown — C-

Let’s get this straight.

Colorado’s game against Arizona State was canceled because the Sun Devils had a COVID-19 outbreak.  Colorado State’s game against UNLV was canceled because the Rebels had a COVID-19 outbreak. Neither of them had a replacement opponent lined up for this weekend.

And we’re not playing a pop-up Rocky Mountain Showdown?!?!

Look, the staff at the Grading the Week offices get it. The reasoning was all very, uh, reasonable.

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