This time last year the Nuggets were 31-18 and feeling pretty confident about their ability to go far into the 2013 NBA Playoffs. However, the Nuggs were sporting a much healthier and more talented roster than they are this year. With injuries to their star point guard Ty Lawson, and losing both Danilo Gallinari and Javale McGee early on in the season, it has been difficult for this team to return to last season's top form. Another chink in their armor came in the losses of both Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, who were both traded this offseason. Although the additions of Randy Foye and J.J. Hickson have been significant, their efforts haven't been enough to help the Nuggs stay above .500.
The Nuggets are currently sitting at the 11 spot in the West, six games back from the 8th seed, which belongs to their rival Golden State Warriors. It's too bad the Nuggets don't hold a spot in the East because they are a much softer Conference and the Nuggets would garner that coveted 8-seed heading into the All-Star weekend.
However, with 31 games left to play, the Nuggets still have a fighting chance to turn things around. It's going to be an uphill battle for the Nuggs as they face a tough road to close out the season. With multiple games against the red-hot Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio Spurs, Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors; they better find an answer quick. Because if Lawson can't return to full health soon, the Nuggs will need someone else to step up and take over his leadership role.