LY W-L: 57-25
Key Additions: J.J. Hickson, Darrell Arthur, Randy Foye, Brian Shaw
Key Departures: Andre Iguodala, George Karl, Masai Ujiri, Kosta Koufos
Analysis: Last season, the Denver Nuggets kinda, sorta disappointed towards the end of the season. They (technically) were upset by the sixth-seeded Golden State Warriors. That, apparently, was the beginning of the end for the Nuggets — at least in the eyes of some. Including me.
The Nuggets haven’t had the best of offseason’s so far. One could argue that they’ve had a terrible one, all around. Let’s recap it….
First, they lost the NBA’s Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri, to the Toronto Raptors. Then, they fired the NBA Coach of the Year, George Karl. They followed that up by not being able to re-sign (arguably) their best player, Andre Iguodala, who signed with Golden State (insult to injury). What’s next?
Not sure, but I don’t think anyone believes they will finish as the third best team in the Western Conference. They might not even make the playoffs.
With Houston, Los Angeles (Clippers), Memphis and Golden State all getting better, it’s reasonable to say that the Nuggets, ideally, will be fighting for one of the bottom two seeds in the conference.
Plus, they will have a true freshman as a head coach.
(projected) 2013-14 record: 44-38
The thing with the Nuggets isn’t that they’re going to be bad, it’s just that they’re not going to be great. Not even as good as last year. They’ll be OK. Problem is, OK doesn’t cut it. They’ll struggle to make the playoffs and won’t make much noise IF they get there. Back to the drawing board for Denver.