The Denver Nuggets were one of the surprising teams of the NBA last season. Not many expected the Denver Nuggets – who were notorious for losing in the first round it seems – to make it to the Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets were out manned and out played against the Lakers but that still does not take away from the excellent season they had. The Nuggets look to improve on this upcoming season and make it to the finals.
There is no doubt that the Nuggets can score with the best team in the league – averaging 104 points per game, 6th in the NBA. When teams are great scoring team they typically do not defend well. This was the case some years back for Denver but last season their defense improved dramatically. Chauncey Billups came from the Detroit Piston in a trade for Allen Iverson – the trade for Billups worked out well for Denver, not so much for the Pistons.
The Denver Nuggets are in a loaded Western Conference so taking the next step to the NBA Finals will be no easy feet. This potentially could be the MVP season Carmelo Anthony which he has not had yet – granted Carmelo is still only 25 but his prime years are fast approaching. This could be the year of Carmelo, he be talked about in the same breathe as Lebron James and Kobe Bryant as the games best all around player, not just the best scorer in the league.
The San Antonio Spurs have added Richard Jefferson, the Dallas Mavericks added Shawn Marion, and the Los Angeles Lakers added Ron Artest. The Denver Nuggets have the same core of players that had last season and it was not enough to beat the Lakers, maybe Denver can add one more piece to their team to give them a better chance this season.