|2010-2011 Team Ratings|
|2nd Overall||18th Overall|
Stats through games of Jan. 15
Carmelo Anthony is putting up numbers and causing headaches ... for the Nuggets. Nene is scoring some, but not rebounding up to par. Kenyon Martin still just working his way back.
Chauncey Billups remains one of the league's best floor generals and clutch shooters. Aaron Afflalo has made solid strides offensively and brings a toughness factor.
The Nuggets still run and score with the best of them, but unlike their run to the West finals in 2009, they give up points with the worst out there. Rebounding is another weakness.
When it comes to explosiveness, few match J.R. Smith, Ty Lawson and Al Harrington. All three score in double figures. Chris Andersen is an effective rebounder and shot-blocker.
George Karl worked hard to get back into his chair and doesn't deserve this drama. Still, if anyone can handle it, he can. The Nuggets remain a playoff contender because of his steady hand.
Anthony holds the future of the franchise in his hands and that's not a good thing. Denver is in a holding pattern until the 'Melo-drama is decided. In the meantime, the Nuggets are trying to win games knowing the team could be blown up at any time.
This team is at best one of the bottom four seeds in the West, which isn't where the franchise is used to being over the last couple of years. There's no doubt management, led by rookie general manager Masai Ujiri, wants to move on beyond 'Melo.
The bounty that Anthony is sure to bring would move that process along. A roster shakeup would allow the Nuggets to at least begin building again. Until then, there's nothing worse than the unknown.
-- Art Garcia
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