Analysis: A player-by-player look at the Nuggets roster
Denver at NBA-maximum 15 players after busy offseason
With July in the rearview mirror and the dog days of August about to set in, it’s a pretty quiet time for most NBA teams.
After a whirlwind offseason, the Denver Nuggets are no exception.
While things can always change before training camp opens in a couple months, Denver’s roster for 2013-14 stands at the NBA-maximum of 15 players. Eleven players remain from the group that won a team-record 57 games, while four players were added through trades and free agency.
Here is a breakdown of Denver’s current roster and a quick assessment of each player heading into next season.
JaVale McGee – With incumbent starting center Kosta Koufos traded to Memphis, McGee is line for more responsibility after averaging 18.1 minutes last season. Potential is there to average double figures in scoring and rebounding.
Timofey Mozgov – Served as an insurance policy last season while playing behind fellow 7-footers Koufos and McGee. Mozgov moved up on the depth chart when Koufos was traded; he re-signed with the Nuggets on July 28.
Evan Fournier – Saw limited minutes for the first five months of rookie season but played well when given an opportunity in April. He will compete for more minutes at the wing going forward.
Randy Foye – Set Utah franchise record for 3-pointers in 2012-13, making him a perfect fit for a Nuggets team in need of perimeter shooting. Capable of starting alongside Ty Lawson or playing significant minutes off the bench.
Ty Lawson – After putting up career numbers in 2012-13, Lawson honed his game this summer by training in USA Basketball’s national team program. Could make a push for his first All-Star selection.
Andre Miller – Played in all 82 games for the ninth time in his career and has appeared in 841 of 842 possible games since Dec. 9, 2011. Veteran remains one of top playmakers in the game and is set to remain anchor of second unit.
Nate Robinson – Flew under the radar in free agency before finding a home with the Nuggets. Excelled for Chicago in the playoffs last spring and should provide instant offense off the bench for Denver.
Darrell Arthur – Acquired from the Memphis Grizzlies in the Koufos deal on draft night, he is an excellent pick-and-roll defender and can knock down the midrange jumper. In line to play 15-20 minutes per game off the bench.
Wilson Chandler – Slowed by a hip injury early in the season, Chandler emerged to average 18.9 points and 5.6 rebounds in eight games as a starter and twice scored 35 points off the bench. His importance increases with Danilo Gallinari’s status uncertain.
Kenneth Faried – Joined Lawson in Las Vegas with USA Basketball and emerged as a darkhorse to play for Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Cup. Enters season as incumbent starting power forward but will see completion from J.J. Hickson.
Danilo Gallinari – Led the Nuggets in 3-pointers made and was second in scoring despite missing the season’s final six games with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Recovery reportedly going well but no timetable for his return in 2013-14.
Jordan Hamilton – Showed flashes of his potential while scoring a combined 48 points in final two summer-league games in Las Vegas. Hamilton can stretch the defense with his 3-point shooting and is among big group of players in competition for minutes.
J.J. Hickson – As one of the most improved players in the league last season in Portland, he shot .562 from the field and was among seven players to average a double-double. Should be a spirited competition with Faried for starting job.
Quincy Miller – Second-year forward spent much of May, June and July at Pepsi Center working on his perimeter jumper and ball-handling skills. Given team’s depth, could see more time in NBA Development League.
Anthony Randolph – Remains one of the most athletic players on a roster full of athletic players. Saw limited minutes last season because of numbers crunch and will again have to compete for playing time.