Statistical leaders: Carmelo Anthony (25.0 ppg)
Marcus Camby (11.7 rpg)
Allen Iverson (7.2 apg)
Summary: The Nuggets struggled in the playoffs, losing 4-1 in the first round to the eventual champion San Antonio Spurs. The Nuggets experienced some adversity over the season, stemming from injuries (forward Kenyon Martin) and suspensions (forward Carmelo Anthony and guard J.R. Smith). They also madea dramatic addition to their roster, trading away guard Andre Miller to Philadelphia in exchange for guard Allen Iverson. The Nuggets finished the season by going 9-1 in the month leading up to the playoffs.
The Nuggets have a lot of star power on their roster in the form of Anthony, Iverson and Camby. However, they desperately need an outside shooter to stretch the defense. And if they do not re-sign Steve Blake, they are in desperate need of a point guard. With no draft picks, the Nuggets must get their pieces through free agency. They should be better automatically with a healthy Martin and the development of Nene into a force at the four.
SUMMER IN VEGAS: 4th
COACHED BY: George Karl
Overal Record: 8-6 2006: 4-1
1st WIN: 85-75 vs. CLE (July 16, 2004)
2007 Draft: No picks in the 2007 Draft
DID YOU KNOW? *Denver enters its fourth season in Las Vegas. The only other teams to play three summers in Vegas are Boston, Cleveland, Phoenix and Washington. *Guard J.R. Smith began his NBA career in Las Vegas, as a member of the New Orleans Hornets. In 2005, Smith averaged a league-high 20.6 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.6 steals and 32.8 minutes in five games. *In 2004, the league's inaugural summer, Nikoloz Tskitishvili led all players in scoring, averaging 25.7 ppg in three games.