Why Denver Nuggets Will Succeed in Regular Season but Fail in Playoffs

October 16th, 2012 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »
The Denver Nuggets have almost everything. Almost.

After a series of intelligent offseason moves, the Nuggets—fresh off a Round 1 playoff exit last season—have assembled one of the NBA’s deepest and most balanced rosters.

They’ve got size up front in JaVale McGee, Kosta Koufos and Kenneth Faried. There’s plenty of skill on the wings in Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Andre Iguodala. And the point guard position is both solid (Andre Miller off the bench) and spectacular (Ty Lawson as the starter).

With all that depth it’s easy to see why the Nuggets are emerging as a popular pick to finish in the top four of the Western Conference playoff race. But don't expect them to make a deep postseason run.

In many ways, the Nuggets are perfectly constructed to dominate over an 82-game slate. They play faster than any other team in the league, and with so many thoroughbreds in the stable, fatigue isn’t an issue.

Denver is built to fly up and down the court for 48 minutes, substituting frequently, often playing small and generally wearing down the opposition. That style results in a ton of ...

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