[2017-18 NBA Preview] Denver Nuggets

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Denver Nuggets one of those teams? The Nuggets haven’t been to the playoffs in five years, but they look primed and ready to make a return to the post-season. Nikola Jokic is a rising superstar in the league. Paul Millsap is in town now and the Nuggets are arguably more loaded than they’ve been in years. The question with this team is, how far can they go? I think the Nuggets can compete with the big boys of the Western Conference, but can they do the unthinkable and take one of them out?

Are the Denver Nuggets set to have a surprisingly good season this year?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 57-25 (2012-13), 36-46 (2013-14), 30-52 (2014-15), 33-49 (2015-16), 40-42 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2012-13 First-Round vs. Golden State Warriors

Last Playoff Series Win: 2008-09 Second-Round vs. Dallas Mavericks

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

Michael Malone

Overall Record: 112-158

Record With Team: 73-91

Playoff Record: 0-0


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Jamal Murray (9.9 PPG, 2.1 APG, 2.6 RPG, 11.9 PER)

SG: Gary Harris (14.9 PPG, 2.9 APG, 3.1 RPG, 16.5 PER)

SF: Wilson Chandler (15.7 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.0 APG, 14.9 PER)

PF: Paul Millsap (18.1 PPG, 7.7 RPG, 3.7 APG, 17.8 PER)

C: Nikola Jokic (16.7 PPG, 9.8 RPG, 4.9 APG, 26.3 PER)

Bench:

Will Barton (SG), Emmanuel Mudiay (PG), Mason Plumlee (C), Trey Lyles (PF), Kenneth Faried (PF/C), Juan Hernangomez (SF), Darrell Arthur (PF), Jameer Nelson (PG), Malik Beasley (SG), Tyler Lydon (PF)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Danilo Gallinari (18.2)

Rebounds Per Game: Nikola Jokic (9.8)

Steals Per Game: Gary Harris (1.2)

Assists Per Game: Jameer Nelson (5.1)

Blocks Per Game: Jusuf Nurkic (0.8)

Turnovers Per Game: Nikola Jokic (2.3)


 

The Prediction:

45-37

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