Predicting Where the Denver Nuggets Will Finish in the Western Conference – Mile High Maniac
The Denver Nuggets under George Karl were a really up and coming team, they had won 57 games despite being the third youngest team in the NBA. Things were looking bright in Denver, as Karl took home the Coach of the Year Award. Then the Nuggets organization made the decision to fire Karl that summer, despite winning one of the highest coaching awards in all of sports. The Nuggets then hired Brian Shaw who was an assistant coach for the Lakers and Pacers before taking the head coaching job. That following season Denver won 36 games. Making the firing of legendary coach Karl that much more controversial. This year the Nuggets are looking to get back into the playoffs.
Denver picked up shooting guard Arron Afflalo this offseason in a trade with the Orlando Magic. The trade gave the Nuggets a valuable and underrated player that will provide depth for Denver this season at the guard position. The trade cost them upcoming player Evan Fournier and their second round pick, but the trade was necessary to win some more games. They also acquired Gary Harris and Erick Green. Harris is a rookie from Michigan State and help lead the Spartans to an Elite Eight appearance and a 29-9 record in the Big 10. There, Harris averaged 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.8 steals in 32.3 minutes per game. The rookie will look to help the Nuggets this season out in the competitive Western Conference.
The Nuggets didn’t have a set starting five last season, so there likely won’t be one at the beginning of this season either. A good projection would have Ty Lawson at point guard, Afflalo at the shooting guard position, Wilson …read more