Tuesday’s training camp opener was Nuggets coach Michael Malone’s first chance to get a true look at Paul Millsap, the newly acquired power forward who is “a four-time all-star for a reason.”

Millsap is expected to create a formidable post duo with emerging young center Nikola Jokic, and to help a Nuggets defense that ranked near the bottom of the NBA in nearly every major statistical category last season.

“What I like about him is he plays with a poise and he’s never rushing,” Malone said of Millsap. “He’s never out of control. He’s always going to take what the defense gives him. Watching him and Nikola play off of each other was a lot of fun to see.”

Big man Kenneth Faried strongly stated his desire to start for the Nuggets Monday, adding “there’s 29 other teams … if this team doesn’t want, or respect me enough, to play me the minutes that I think I deserve to play.”

Malone said earlier Monday that Millsap, as expected, is the Nuggets’ starting power forward. When asked about Faried’s comments, Malone praised Faried for taking three charges and bringing his trademark energy on the offensive glass and while finishing inside during their first practice. But the coach also said he’s going to start the lineup that is “best for the team.”