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Denver Nuggets Team Overview

2011-12 record: 38-28

Second place, Northwest Division

Lost in first round to L.A. Lakers

DRAFT PICKS:

Round: 1

Round: 2

Areas of Strength: Balance, athleticism and firepower. The Nuggets love to get up and down the floor and show off the balance and depth of their roster that has been built since the Carmelo Anthony trade. They have the perfect point guard to run George Karl's system in Ty Lawson and plenty of shooters to stretch the floor. They have key pieces in the right places and quality depth at most every position on the roster. The Nuggets were the highest scoring team in the season because they have a system that plays to that strength and maximizes their resources in a way that suits Karl's tastes.

Needs Work:
Trading Nene for JaVale McGee left the Nuggets without a true low-post scoring threat to at least worry other teams on a consistent basis. They have able bodies to unload on you, including Timofey Mozgov and Kostas Koufos, but no one opposing teams have to seriously worry about in terms of a threat that must be mitigated or even concerned about.

Two Stats That Matter:
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-- Where the Nuggets ranked in point allowed this season. If you're going to lead the league in scoring it's almost a given that you'll be down the list in this category.

1 -- The Nuggets rank first in the league in scoring (104.1) and assists (24.0), which is why they've been able to make the playoffs in each of the past two seasons without a superstar anchor.

The Way To Go:
In addition to some serious free agent business (McGee is restricted) that needs to be handled, the Nuggets still need a big man with some offensive skills that can carry the them when the game inevitably slows down and they need to be able to manufacture possessions in the half court. They have one of the best hustle (but undersized) bigs in the league in Faried. Now they need someone for him to play off of in the half court.

2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 104.1 (1st)
Defensive: 101.2 (29th)

Under Contract:
G: Ty Lawson
G: Arron Afflalo
F: Danilo Gallinari
F: Kenneth Faried
F: Al Harrington
F/C: Chris Andersen
F: Wilson Chandler
G/F: Corey Brewer
C: Timofey Mozgov
C: Kostas Koufos
G: Jordan Hamilton

Free Agents:
G: Andre Miller (unrestricted)
C: JaVale McGee (restricted)
G: Rudy Fernandez (restricted)

Recent Draft History:
2011: Kenneth Faried (22)
2010: None
2009: Sergio Lull (34)
2008: None
2007: None
2006: Leon Powe (49)

-- Sekou Smith

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