The Upgraded Nuggets Are Good, but How Good?

August 21st, 2012 by Rob Mahoney Leave a reply »
When the Denver Nuggets snuck their way into a side-story steal in the Dwight Howard trade, they vaulted themselves from charismatic also-rans into something far more substantial.

Denver's roster is amazingly deep and dauntingly athletic, and with the newly acquired Andre Iguodala present to bolster the Nuggets' defense and playmaking, this team has the potential to make an otherwise solid Western Conference landscape into an all-out ruckus.

The Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers will be incredibly difficult to unseat, but Denver looks to be among the teams that could cause either of those contenders problems, if all goes according to plan. The Nuggets were dismissed in the first round of the 2012 playoffs after battling injuries and absences for much of the season, but this year's model is decidedly more complete and has advanced within their tailor-made strategy.

Another year of running and cutting has done Denver good. JaVale McGee looked to be stepping into his game during the Nuggets' playoff series against the Lakers, Ty Lawson's game grows by the day and Kenneth Faried used his rookie year as a legitimate breakout campaign.

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