The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
Pepsi Arena became one of the most feared places to play last season as the Denver Nuggets proved to be one of the most formidable home teams in the NBA. The Nuggets lead the league last year with a 38-3 home court record, but that was not enough to keep them from being bounced in the first round by the streaking Golden State Warriors. Now, the team that doesn't have any major names on its roster, looks to prove that they can be a force in the Western Conference without any marquee grabbing players.
Behind new coach Brian Shaw the Nuggets have built an athletic roster that will be able to keep it's “run and gun” style alive.
Point guard Ty Lawson has developed into one of the better position players in the league. His 16.7 points and 6.9 assists per game averages were very strong, but he proved that he could really score during the post season. The addition of Nate Robinson will also further strengthen the play at their point guard position. Losing Danilo Gallinari to injury proved to be vital as they missed his 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds in the playoffs. His return is very valuable to this unit.
With Andre Iguodala no longer with the team, Wilson Chandler is going to have to step up. He played in only 43 games last year but was still able to average 13 points and 5.1 rebounds. Kenneth Faried is another young player whose expectations and contributions must grow for this unit to stay respectable. He's known for his powerful dunks but his defense should be noticed at the small forward position. Even though JaVale McGee has given the league some of the funniest moments in recent memory, he should move into the unit's starting center position where his shot blocking and ability to run the floor will come into play.
The Denver Nuggets have been consistently solid since losing Carmelo Anthony; actually out performing the New York Knicks in a sense. This year they should be expected to make the Western Conference playoffs once again and even win a series to advance.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Ty Lawson, PG: 16.7 PPG, 6.9 APG
Wilson Chandler, SG: 13 PPG, 5.1 RPG
Kenneth Faried, SF: 11.5 PPG, 9.2 RPG
Danilo Gallinari, SF: 16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG
JaVale McGee, C: 9.1 PPG, 4.8 RPG
Expected Season Finish
5th in the Western Conference