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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: None Round 2: #34

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
No selection No selection No selection 20. Julius Hodge
      22. Jarrett Jack
* Draft rights traded      

2008–2009 Record

  • 54-28, in Western Confernence Finals

Offensive

  • 110.4 (7th)

Defensive

  • 106.8 (8th)

Free Agents:

Options:

Areas of Strength:

Not every team can boast it has a game-changing player coming off the bench, let alone multiple players who can impact a game. J.R. Smith averaged 15.2 points and shot 39.7 percent playing largely as a substitute, while the Birdman, Chris Andersen, was the unofficial comeback player of the year and created havoc on the defensive side of the ball with his length and shot-blocking ability. Denver's depth didn't end there. Linas Kleiza was offense option 1A off the pine and Renaldo Balkman provided another staunch stopper for head coach George Karl.

Needs Work:

The Nuggets averaged 15.3 miscues per game, sixth most in the league and second most of any team that qualified for the postseason (Boston averaged 15.6). Although laden with offensively gifted players, Denver won't reach its true scoring potential until it learns how to protect the ball better.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 2.46 -- Andersen's blocks per game in 2008-09, second in the league behind Orlando's Dwight Howard (2.92). As a team, Denver was No. 2 in the league behind Golden State with six blocks per game.
  • 21-20 -- Denver's road record in 2008-09, the second-worse out of the eight teams to make it out of the first round of the Playoffs. (Houston was 20-21.)

The Way To Go:

With no picks in the first round for the fourth straight year, Denver will spend the offseason concentrating on retaining some of its key free agents. Starter Dahntay Jones as well as key bench players Andersen, Kleiza and Anthony Carter are all free agents to be. The Nuggets have a team option on Kleiza for the relative bargain price of $2.7 million that they'll likely exercise. That leaves them with about $6 million left under the luxury tax line to work out deals for Andersen, Jones and Carter.

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