#NuggetsRank No. 10: Anthony Randolph

Anthony Randolph tops the trio of enigmatic seven-footers on Denver’s roster at no. 10 in our #NuggetsRank series. It’s going to surprise a lot of Nuggets fans that he ranks ahead of incumbent centers  Kosta Koufos and Timofey Mozgov despite being the least likely to receive playing time among all three.

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New NBA procedure to penalize flopping: Can it be effective?

News broke yesterday out of the NBA referee camp that a new measure to fine players for flopping based on post-game review is expected to be initiated in the upcoming season. In his recent post on the matter, Ken Berger raises some important concerns, among hem: (more…)

#NuggetsRank No. 11: Timofey Mozgov

Rounding out the bottom five of our #NuggetsRank countdown is third-year center Timofey Mozgov. Although he showed tangible improvement in terms of production, Mozgov never found a consistent role in an up-and-down sophomore season with the Nuggets.

He now enters the final year of his contract as one of the biggest unknowns on the team. (more…)

#NuggetsRank No. 12: Kosta Koufos

Some Denver Nuggets fans may find it surprising that the No. 12 player in Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series is Kosta Koufos. After all, he may have started the season coming off the bench, but he performed admirably as a starter after Timofey Mozgov went down with an ankle injury in early February last season. In fact, the Nuggets won 16 of the 24 games Koufos started (a .667 winning percentage, good for nearly 55 wins in an 82 game season) as opposed to breaking even at 12-12 in the 24 games he played as a reserve. By comparison, Denver won 20 of 35 games which Mozgov started (.571, or 47 wins in an 82 game season).

This raises the question: Why is Koufos ranked so low as to indicate he might be best kept out of the regular rotation? (more…)

#NuggetsRank No. 13: Julyan Stone

Sophomore point guard Julyan Stone comes in at No. 13 in Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series, rounding out the trio of players most likely to be on the inactive list to start the season.

Although Stone is entering into his second year with the Nuggets, his future in the NBA remains largely unclear. After Denver signed him as an undrafted rookie prior to the start of the 2011-12 season, Stone spent the vast majority of his time on the bench. He played in only 22 games, averaging 8.8 minutes per game, and playing 10 minutes or more only seven times. Even when he did get the opportunity to play, he had a team low usage rate of only 11.7 percent, and the bulk of his minutes were played in garbage time. In short, we simply don’t have a whole lot of data to get a very meaningful read from yet.

On paper, Stone makes a great deal of sense for this Nuggets team. (more…)

Rankings of all the Nuggets players in the ESPN #NBArank series

We briefly interrupt Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series to present our final installment on the ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag). The three remaining Nuggets players have now appeared in the rankings, with Danilo Gallinari coming in at 54, Ty Lawson at 48, and Andre Iguodala rounding out the list at 28.

Here is the complete list of Nuggets players in the ESPN rankings:

  • 28 Andre Iguodala (up 6 from previous rank of 34)
  • 48 Ty Lawson (up 16 from previous rank of 64)
  • 54 Danilo Gallinari (up 14 from previous rank of 68)
  • 71 Kenneth Faried (up 260 from previous rank of 331)
  • 77 JaVale McGee (up 22 from previous rank of 99)
  • 93 Wilson Chandler (down 18 from previous rank of 75)
  • 94 Andre Miller (down 5 from previous rank of 89)
  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on whether you think the Nuggets players were ranked appropriately compared with the other players in the league (all the rankings can be found by checking the links in the right hand column of this page at ESPN).

Also, as mentioned above, right here at Roundball Mining Company we have voted on our very own rankings of the Denver Nuggets players, and are featuring the players one by one every couple of days. So please check back regularly for updates to our #NuggetsRank series, and join the discussion in the comments.

#NuggetsRank No. 14: Evan Fournier

Funny how things work in life. A mere three months ago Evan Fournier was the pariah of Nuggets Nation before even stepping foot on the court wearing blue and yellow. Then when he actually did, you know, start playing basketball — people come around. And fast.

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#NuggetsRank No. 15: Quincy Miller

Kicking off Roundball Mining Company’s 15-part #NuggetsRank series is Quincy Miller. At No. 15, he was a unanimous selection by our writers for this spot. Though young and still wildly in need of improvement, Miller is also teeming with the type of raw potential that very few Nuggets possess.

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Coming soon: Roundball ranks the Denver Nuggets

For over a month our writers have been in discussion about an upcoming series that ranks the Denver Nuggets from 1-15. In conjunction with the current ESPN #NBArank, we’ve come up with our own formula for ranking the Denver Nuggets (it’s actually not that complicated). After adding up all our writers’ scores and fielding everyone’s input, we’ve finally determined a solid order by which all 15 Denver Nuggets players are ranked based on who we feel is the best at this very moment. This has nothing to do with the future or the past. This is the definitive Roundball Mining Company #NuggetsRank of the current Denver Nuggets roster based on who we feel is more valuable to the team, in relation to their teammates, right now!

The series will kick off soon so stay tuned for who comes in at No. 15.

Nuggets players in the ESPN player rankings (71-500)

The ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag) are now starting to get into the upper echelons and have counted down to players 71-80. Continuing with our look at where Nuggets players were ranked (previous posts here and here), here is an updated list including the first four Nuggets to crack the top 100: Andre Miller at 94, Wilson Chandler at 93, JaVale McGee at 77 and Kenneth Faried at 71.

Here are the Nuggets players who have appeared thus far:

  • 71 Kenneth Faried (up 260 from previous rank of 331)
  • 77 JaVale McGee (up 22 from previous rank of 99)
  • 93 Wilson Chandler (down 18 from previous rank of 75)
  • 94 Andre Miller (down 5 from previous rank of 89)
  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

And as a basis for comparison, here are last year’s previous rankings for the last Denver players who have yet to be named:

  • 34 Andre Iguodala
  • 64 Ty Lawson
  • 68 Danilo Gallinari

We will have one final update after the rankings of the three remaining players are released. In the meantime, please feel free to share your predictions for the last three and your thoughts on whether you think the Nuggets players were ranked appropriately compared with the other players in the league (all the rankings can be found by checking the links in the right hand column of this page at ESPN).

Also, stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for our own rankings of the Denver Nuggets players, which we’ll start publishing soon.

Danilo Gallinari leads Italy to Eurobasket 2013

The Italian national team wrapped up a very successful summer with an 83-58 win over Belarus yesterday, concluding Eurobasket qualifying with a perfect 8-0 record. Danilo Gallinari led the way with 16 points and 12 rebounds to cap off an impressive stint with the national team, which won 8 straight games despite lacking Gallo’s fellow NBA talents Andrea Bargnani and Marco Bellinelli.

Eurobasket is FIBA’s bi-annual European championships which will be held in Slovenia for 2013. It’s been dominated by Spain in recent years while the Italians have sort of lingered on the international scene without much success since their silver medal win in the 2004 Olympics.

Gallo played very well on the new-look Italian team under head coach Simone Pianigiani, one of the rising stars on the European coaching scene. Italy was one of the best defensive teams in the tournament despite lacking a traditional post presence and played a very unselfish style on both ends of the court.   (more…)

This Saturday: Jessica Redfield Gawhi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center

Jessica Redfield Gawhi’s passion for sports was undeniable. Before being senselessly gunned down in the Aurora theater shooting, she was pursuing her dream of being becoming a sports reporter and worked as an intern and Altitude Sports & Entertainment. Passionate and smart, Jessica always took time to help those in need. Prior to her death, Jessica’s dream was to help families of the Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. On Saturday September 8th, the Denver Nuggets and Kroenke Sports charities will hold a gently-used sports equipment drive in Jessica’s honor. The equipment drive includes all sports and will serve families in need throughout the Denver metro area as part of the effort to ensure Jessica’s giving spirit lives on.

Denver Nuggets players, dancers, ambassadors and supermascot Rocky will be on hand. Here’s a guide of what to bring and where to go on Saturday morning. As Nuggets fans, this is a great opportunity to get involved with the organization and do something good in honor of a special person.

Details

Saturday September 8th
7:00 AM – Noon
Pepsi Center –  Parking Lot B
(Enter via 7th street from Chopper Circle)

What to bring

New or lightly used sports equipment requested includes:   Baseball and Softball – Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats;  Basketball – Balls, Nets, Shoes; Bicycles and Helmets;  Boxing – Gloves, Head Gear; Football – Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats;  Golf – Clubs, Balls, Shoes;  Hockey – Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmet, Sticks;   Lacrosse – Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets;  Roller Hockey – Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls;  Roller Skating/Blading – Skates, Helmets, Pads;  Soccer – Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards;  Tennis – Balls, Rackets, Shoes ; and Volleyball – Balls, Nets, Pads.     In addition, monetary donations will benefit the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance for sports-related registration fees.

A look at some Denver Nuggets perimeter defense breakdowns [VIDEO]

In a previous post on how Andre Iguodala may bolster the Denver Nuggets perimeter defense, a troubling fact was brought to light: In terms of field goal percentages allowed, in both long range 2-point and 3-point shots the Nuggets were dead last in the league last season. Allowing a long-two field goal percentage of 41.4 and an effective field goal percentage of 57.5 from beyond the arc, there’s really no two ways about it. When it came to defending outside shots, Denver was the bottom of the barrel.

The goal in making this video is to zoom in on the variety of ways in which Denver’s perimeter defense broke down in 2011-12. We should have more analysis on this later, but in the meantime, please feel free to pick these clips apart in the comments. For the time being, the only thing I’d offer as a general, overarching observation is that as I put this video together it became increasingly apparent to me that simply improving communication and decreasing confusion — ie. teaching the young players to develop a better understanding of rotating, recovering, switching, and knowing what to do when they get back in transition — could improve this defense by leaps and bounds. Given this, it may be the case that even more imp;ortant than his individual defensive skills, Andre Iguodala’s ability to quarterback a defense could facilitate a marked improvement in this team.

Nuggets sign Quincy Miller

With training camp a little more than three weeks away, the Nuggets’ 2012-2013 roster appears to be set with Thursday afternoon’s announcement  that the team has signed second-round pick Quincy Miller to a multi-year contract.

Terms weren’t disclosed, but it appears to be a 3-year deal at the minimum. As is standard with a lot of second-round picks, Quincy’s contract probably contains partial guarantees or team options on the later years of the deal.

It’s good news that the Nuggets were able to come to terms with Quincy and lock him up for a three year period. I had the pleasure of meeting Quincy and getting acquainted with his game at Summer League, where it became apparent that he’ll be more of a long-term project. Quincy’s offensive skills are going to translate to the NBA, but he’ll really need to fill out his body and round out his game in other areas in order to be effective.

Expect Miller to spend a good bit of next season either inactive or with the Nuggets’ D-League affiliate, the Iowa Energy. With a year of strength training under Steve Hess and a little more seasoning in terms of his overall feel for the game, the Nuggets can get a head start on molding Quincy into a future rotation player.

For now, the Nuggets can enjoy some quality depth at the end of their bench while guys like Anthony Randolph and Jordan Hamilton stand ready to fill rotation roles when needed. Backcourt depth is the one area of potential concern as the Nuggets struggled to make shots last year and will be extremely reliant on the point guard duo of Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Hamilton, Fournier, and Stone form the reserve corps of backup guards and have almost no combined NBA experience among them.

Happy Labor Day!

A very happy Labor Day to our Roundball Mining Company readers! We hope you’re having a great holiday weekend, and we give a big appreciative shout out to all of you who are working hard out there.

In the spirit of doing work, here’s a list of some of the hardest working Nuggets from the 2011-12 season, who in great single game performances set their team’s season high in various categories.

Gallo had three season highs in a single epic outing against his former team:

  • Danilo Gallinari, 37 points, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)
  • Danilo Gallinari, 18 made free throws, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)
  • Danilo Gallinari, 52 minutes, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)

The Manimal was a monster on the glass:

  • Kenneth Faried, 17 rebounds, 4/9/12 vsGSW (W)
  • Kenneth Faried, 7 offensive rebounds, 2/29/12 vsPOR (W) and 4/9/12 vsGSW (W)

Somewhat surprisingly, Lawson (not Andre Miller) set the Nuggets’ season high in assists, and he (not Corey Brewer) also had the high in steals:

  • Ty Lawson, 15 assists, 3/2/12 vsHOU (W)
  • Ty Lawson, 8 steals, 12/29/11 @POR (L)

Harrington also brought the unexpected with the season high in defensive rebounds, though the field goals come as less of a surprise:

  • Al Harrington, 14 made field goals, 2/20/12 vsMIN (W)
  • Al Harrington, 11 defensive rebounds, 2/6/12 vsHOU (L)

It’s a fitting departure for the Birdman and welcome to JaVale that they share the season high in blocks:

  • Chris Andersen, 6 blocks, 2/14/12 vsPHO (W)
  • JaVale McGee, 6 blocks, 5/1/12 @LAL (L)

And finally, there was a six-player, nine-game tie for most 3-pointers made (5), which included Arron Afflalo, Brewer, Rudy Fernandez, Gallo, Harrington and Lawson.

 

Enjoy the rest of your holiday, everyone, and feel free to use the comments section as an open thread!

 

 

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