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Denver Nuggets Overview
2012-13 record: 57-25
Second place, Northwest Division
Lost in first round to Golden State Warriors

Trade update I: Nuggets acquire No. 46 pick Erick Green (and cash) from the Utah Jazz in exchange for No. 27 pick Rudy Gobert.

Trade update II: Nuggets acquire No. 55 pick Joffrey Lauvergne and Darrell Arthur from Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for Kosta Koufos.


Areas of Strength
This team can really score it by getting in the paint despite doing it unconventionally without a big-time post to do the damage. It should continue with point guard Ty Lawson locked up and George Karl at the helm of the run-and-gun attack. Danilo Gallinari (coming off injury), Kenneth Faried and Wilson Chandler provide a young and athletic supporting cast. Young guard Evan Fournier could be in for a bigger role and the Nuggets would like to have defensive ace Andre Iguodala (who can opt out) back in the fold.

Needs Work
Denver allowed 101.1 ppg during the regular season and Golden State in the first round had the Nuggets' heads on a swivel while averaging 107.2 ppg. They need another perimeter defender with decent size and quickness to complement Iguodala (assuming he returns). Speaking of perimeter, a 3-point shooter off the bench would be a welcomed addition for a team that shot a middle-of-the-pack 31.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Two Stats That Matter
24.4 -- Third in the league in assists per game, a dead-eye 3-point shooter should be salivating to play on this team because he knows the ball is going to find him and likely for plenty open 3s and many coming in transition.

30.9% -- Corey Brewer's playoff shooting percentage might make Denver, a team that will be over the cap if Iguodala re-signs -- and up against it even if not -- think twice about re-signing the unrestricted free agent to be. Long, lanky and a great floor-runner, Brewer had his best season in years and is an excellent fit for Karl's system -- even if he does induce coaching headaches with his shot selection.

The Way To Go
The last two drafts have been fruitful (Faried and Fournier), but selecting 27th in what is not considered to be a deep draft likely won't yield a contributing piece for next season. However, the Nuggets have tradable assets and a draft-day deal is a possibility in pursuit of a shooter to yield immediate dividends.

2012-13 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank)
Offensive: 107.6 (5th)
Defensive: 102.0 (11th)

Under Contract
G/F: Andre Iguodala (early termination)
C: JaVale McGee
F: Danilo Gallinari
F: Wilson Chandler
G: Andre Miller
C: Kosta Koufos
G: Ty Lawson
F: Anthony Randolph
G: Evan Fournier
F: Kenneth Faried
G: Jordan Hamilton

Free Agents
F: Corey Brewer (unrestricted)
C: Timofey Mozgov (restricted)
G: Julyan Stone (restricted)

Recent Draft History
2012: Evan Fournier (20), Quincy Miller (38), Izzet Turkyilmaz (50)
2011: Kenneth Faried (22)
2010: None
2009: Sergio Llull (34)
2008: None
2007: None
2006: Leon Powe (49)

-- Jeff Caplan