Is Aaron Gordon a better fit for the Nuggets than Jeremy Grant? Ask us in June. In the NBA Playoffs. When it counts.

There’s a part of you that wants the Nuggets to win by 20 while Jerami Grant chucks it 25 times. So both sides get to prove their points.

History will say that everybody won in the end. Grant got his shots. The Nuggets got Aaron Gordon.

Only it’s more complicated than that, isn’t it?

Without Grant taking the money and running to Motown, the Nuggets aren’t the hottest NBA squad east of Moab right now.

Without Grant, we don’t get Gordon in gold, melding with Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic in a week as if they’ve been soulmates for a year.

Without Grant, Nuggets executive Tim Connelly also wouldn’t have been pressed into dealing R.J. Hampton, a future first-rounder and a trusted defensive ace (Gary Harris) in order to replace a gaping hole on the wings.

It was a win-now move, and a glorious one at that. But one that had to made in order to rectify the franchise’s biggest mistake of the previous fall.

Namely, when you’re blessed with a rangy, athletic defender who annoys the heck out of Kawhi Leonard, you don’t let him walk. Not when your franchise is finally at a place where beating Kawhi four times in 10 days actually matters.

One piece of the Gordon trade that tends to get buried in the euphoria — and it’s OK to be euphoric — is that the Nuggets had to give up Harris, their best perimeter stopper when healthy, to make it happen.

In the regular season, in a world of larger sample sizes and rotational tweaks, that loss won’t be felt as much.

Only in a few months, when Utah’s four-headed 3-point hydra of Donovan Mitchell, Mike Conley, Jordan Clarkson and Joe Ingles is standing between you and a trip to the NBA Finals, what then?

Ultimately, the question of Gordon vs. Grant is going to be judged in May and June and (hopefully) July, when the stakes go up. The Nuggets are 4-0 with Gordon on the floor, winning from behind, winning with defense, winning with style. So far, so good.

The real bar looms in about six weeks.

“If you want to build your legacy, stats without championships become pretty empty,” Nuggets icon Dan Issel said of Gordon, the 6-foot-8 dynamo acquired from the Magic just before the trade deadline late last month.

“At (Gordon’s) age, he probably realizes it’s better to be the fourth option and have a shot at a championship than to be the first or second option and never see a winning record.”

Which brings us to our old pal Jerami, the lead dog fronting a broken sled, dragging the woeful Pistons (14-35) into Ball Arena on Tuesday for a weeknight game in which the elephants in the room — Gordon and Grant — will likely be guarding one another.

Funny game, isn’t it? A year ago, Grant was Gordon and Gordon was Grant. It would’ve been simpler if Detroit’s forward and leading scorer (22.4 points per tilt as of Monday) was still the guy here, of course. The Nuggets pictured Grant as a role player, a defensive compliment to young Michael Porter Jr. in the frontcourt. Grant wanted to be MPJ, and ne’er the twain.

Free agency beckoned. The break-up got weird. The Nuggets offered the same money as the Pistons. Reportedly. They thought they had a deal. Allegedly. Grant wanted to start. Grant wanted more of a fixed role in the offense. The Nuggets (31-18) couldn’t firmly commit to either.

And so Grant returns to the Front Range as a neophyte volume shooter who’s seemingly hit the wall. Over his last 13 appearances, the lengthy forward is slinging it at a 39.9% clip from the floor and scoring 19.8 points per contest. As of Monday afternoon, he sat among the NBA’s top 10 in shots missed (460, 10th) while ranking 18th in attempts. Which isn’t that unusual when a good player is tasked, for the first time, with trying to carry a bad roster over the line.

Heck, he could ask Gordon how that goes.

“(Grant) might not know that lesson now,” Issel said. “But he’ll certainly learn it. I played 25 years of organized basketball, from the 7th grade through 15 years as a pro, and I was able to only play on (a few) losing (teams). I can tell you that was a pretty miserable experience. At some point, it’ll come home to roost.”

“It takes maturing to realize that. It takes experience. And you look around the league at people who have rings and you see how satisfying that is to them.”

We’ll always have the bubble, Jerami. As for the better fit at the 4, Gordon or Grant, ask us in June. In the playoffs. When it counts.

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