NBA Preview 2016-17: Denver Nuggets

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 33-49 (2016), 30-52 (2015), 36-46 (2014), 57-25 (2013), 38-28 (2012), 50-32 (2011), 53-29 (2010), 54-28 (2009), 50-32 (2008), 45-37 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2013 First-Round vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2009 Conference Semifinals vs. Dallas Mavericks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: 0


 

Head Coach:

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Michael Malone

Overall Record: 72-116

Record With Team: 33-49

Playoff Record: 0-0


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: Emmanuel Mudiay (12.8 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.4 RPG, 9.96 PER)

SG: Gary Harris (12.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 2.9 RPG, 12.78 PER)

SF: Danilo Gallinari (19.5 PPG, 2.5 APG, 5.3 RPG, 19.04 PER)

PF: Kenneth Faried (12.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 0.9 BPG, 21.06 PER)

C: Nikola Jukic (10.0 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 0.6 BPG, 21.58 PER)

Bench:

Will Barton (PG), Jameer Nelson (PG), Jusuf Nurkic (C), Darrell Arthur (PF), Wilson Chandler (SF), JaKarr Simpson (SF), Axel Toupane (SG), Juan Hernangomez (F), Malik Beasley (SG), Jamal Murray (PG), Mike Miller (SF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Danilo Gallinari (19.5)

Rebounds Per Game: Kenneth Faried (8.5)

Steals Per Game: Gary Harris (1.3)

Assists Per Game: Emmanuel Mudiay (5.5)

Blocks Per Game: Jusuf Nurkic (1.4)

Turnovers Per Game: Emmanuel Mudiay (3.2)


The Prediction:

38-44

The Denver Nuggets are the definition of average. They don’t have a single player who is an NBA Superstar. They are a team built of guys who are pretty good, but there’s not a player on this team who can carry them when it matters. When they shipped Carmelo Anthony out years ago, it was a good move for the Nuggets. Anthony is an NBA Superstar, but he’s not a great team player and the New York Knicks have found that out the hard way. The only problem with the Anthony trade is that the Nuggets didn’t get a Superstar back in return and have yet to find one since. Go ahead and bag on me all you want for continuously talking about SUPERSTARS, but the NBA is a league where championship teams have them on their roster and if you don’t….you’re screwed. Just look at where Denver’s been since Carmelo left town.

The Nuggets aren’t going to make any kind of noise this year. They will likely once again float around the 30-40 win mark and could sneak into an 8th spot in the Western Conference if things go really well. That could be a pipe dream though and my prediction of 38 wins might be too much for a team with no superstars and a head coach that I’m not extremely high on. Sorry if I burst your NBA championship bubble Nuggets fans, but you’re delusional if you had one anyways.

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