Recap: Philadelphia 76ers 84, Denver Nuggets 75

For the second game in a row our Rapid Reaction generator isn’t working for me. One of our writers might be able to get something up later, but in the meantime, here are some of the key things I noticed in the Nuggets season-opening loss to the Sixers…

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When Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari beat the Denver Nuggets [VIDEO]

Shortly after the big trade last August, we took a look back at a game in which Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller had helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Denver Nuggets. Now it’s time for a similar retrospective of a game from a period when Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari were playing some of the best basketball of their careers: the first half of the 2010-11 season. The date was December 12, 2010, and the New York Knicks beat the Nuggets 129-125 just months before the Carmelo Anthony trade. (more…)

Denver Nuggets, Ty Lawson agree to 4 year, $48 Million extension

According to Ty Lawson himself, the young point guard and the Denver Nuggets have reportedly come to an agreement on a 4 year, $48 million extension.  The extension will kick in for the 2013-14 season at which point the Nuggets will begin to feel the financial ramifications of retaining their core players at a market value level assuming of course they retain the services of Andre Igoudala beyond this season.  The contract negotiations had become somewhat of a distraction according to George Karl so it is good to have that behind them prior to the start of the season.

Congratulations to Ty Lawson on converting on his tremendous athleticism and talent financially.  Now we just need to see him continue to convert on those abilities on the court.  Lawson is a fantastic player, but still has untapped potential.

Look for more in depth analysis on this news coming soon.

Roundball Roundtable: ‘Spill your guts’ season preview

In the second half of our two season preview pieces we’re opening up the format for our writers to be more liberal with their content. This is an opportunity for them to say whatever they want in regards to the upcoming Nuggets season. As always, please chime in with your own “Roundtable Rant” in the comments section below, as we’d love to hear what’s on your mind on the eve of the 2012-13 season.

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5-on-5: Season preview

With the 2012-13 Nuggets season right around the corner it’s time for Roundball Mining Company to introduce the first of several season previews. This one comes in the form of our ongoing 5-on-5 series. Joining Charlie, Joel, Jeremy and I to make predictions and dish out opinions on the upcoming season is loyal reader, Joe Beebe. If you’d like to participate in a future 5-on-5 article remember to follow us on Twitter.

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What does the Martin for Harden trade mean for the Denver Nuggets?

The NBA world was rocked on Saturday night when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded away James Harden to the Houston Rockets.  There is no doubt the deal made the Thunder a less dangerous team this season, but what does the trade mean from the Nuggets perspective?

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#NuggetsRank No. 4: Kenneth Faried

After just a single shortened season in the NBA, Kenneth Faried surges to the No. 4 spot in Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series. The near-unanimous verdict around the league is that the Manimal, selected by the Nuggets with their No. 22 pick, was the steal of the 2011 NBA draft. This perception was further validated by the fact that he received the third most Rookie of the Year votes despite his comparatively low draft position. (more…)

Rapid Reaction: Suns 88, Nuggets 72

The Rapid Reaction generator isn’t working for me. This is the first time I’ve tried to use it this season so maybe there’s something I need to check out. Here is player analysis for whoever saw minutes tonight, followed by some things I noticed…

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2012-2013 Preseason: Denver Nuggets 94 Los Angeles Clippers 106

Los Angeles Clippers 106 Final
Recap | Box Score
94 Denver Nuggets
Danilo Gallinari, SF 29 MIN | 2-8 FG | 4-4 FT | 1 REB | 4 AST | 10 PTS | -3

The Clippers’ athletic wings did a good job keeping Gallo outside the lane. The Nuggets looked to get Andre Iguodala going early in this game and Gallo faded into the background a bit. Gallo’s unselfishness and above-average effort on defense are much appreciated, but he needs to be much more aggressive looking to score. As a scorer he looks ready to go, the Nuggets offense just hasn’t been able to establish any sort of flow.

Kenneth Faried, SF 29 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-4 FT | 10 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | -11

Bit of a disjointed game for the Manimal, who spent much of the night getting smoked by the supremely athletic Clipper bigs. He looks physically over-matched at times which is why important for the Nuggets to establish their size, which none of Denver’s seven-footers were able to do.

Kosta Koufos, C 27 MIN | 4-8 FG | 4-6 FT | 10 REB | 0 AST | 12 PTS | -8

Tallied a double-double and generally showed why he’s the standout big of training camp — Koufos is dependable. His rebounding is steady and Koufos has been active in pick and roll coverages, but he does a poor job protecting the rim defensively. The effort is good but he must be more physical and forceful with his play.

Ty Lawson, PG 26 MIN | 2-7 FG | 5-6 FT | 1 REB | 5 AST | 10 PTS | +1

He’s trying to run pick and roll offense, but you really wish Lawson would just go get to his spots and attack like Chris Paul does. Ty has yet to wow anyone in the preseason but he’s doing fine as a starting PG as the Nuggets struggle to figure out a good rotation.

Andre Iguodala, SG 32 MIN | 4-13 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 7 AST | 11 PTS | +3

He had his shot going early and initiated a lot of quick, Nuggets-style offense. Defensively he was clearly frustrated by the Nuggets’ lack of communication against the pick and roll. Iguodala did what he could on Chris Paul while the Nuggets’ overall team defense continues to take steps backward.

Corey Brewer, SF 25 MIN | 6-15 FG | 1-2 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 15 PTS | -10

Led the Nuggets in scoring again despite never really aiming for it. Brew was inefficient this game and a little too trigger-happy towards the end. Corey continues to be one of the few Nuggets who look comfortable in a role.

Timofey Mozgov, C 6 MIN | 0-4 FG | 4-6 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | -7

The Nuggets seem committed to playing Mozgov despite the fact Koufos has earned the starting nod and Anthony Randolph has looked pretty good. Mozgov continues to play in a weird, tacked-on spot in the rotation and has yet to establish himself on either end. It’s unclear if he’s a normal third center or still in the mix for regular center minutes.

JaVale McGee, C 20 MIN | 6-9 FG | 1-6 FT | 8 REB | 0 AST | 13 PTS | -3

He finally produced, but JaVale looked soft and timid next to the wildly aggressive DeAndre Jordan and Blake Griffin. He needs to be more physical and provide a constant defensive presence at the rim. McGee was on and off in this contest but perhaps proved he’s finally getting comfortable with a bigger role.

Andre Miller, PG 25 MIN | 3-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 6 PTS | -17

Well, he doesn’t look to be in the best shape which we could have expected. Miller was able to produce efficiently and get up and down the floor without any issues. Miller will have to work his way into form during the season but he at least looks ready to start playing regular minutes.

Jordan Hamilton, SG 8 MIN | 0-1 FG | 2-2 FT | 2 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -13

A mixed bag. He was a late addition to the rotation and wasn’t able to settle in. Hamilton looked out of control on a few drives but hasn’t necessarily had a meaningful role off the bench since the early preseason.

Evan Fournier, SG 14 MIN | 2-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +8

Fournier saw a lot of minutes as the Clippers blew the game open and he showed some promising skills. He was active cutting and moving the ball quickly within the offense. Evan needs to be a lot more steady on defense but he’s a good fit next to Miller and Iguodala, where Fournier saw a lot of his minutes tonight.

Three Things We Saw

  1. The Nuggets bigs were soft at the rim and generally run right over by the Los Angeles Clippers. Both Koufos and Mozgov were disappointing in terms of stopping penetration or protecting the rim. JaVale McGee was marginally better but as a whole, the Nuggets bigs were the weakest point in Denver’s poor defensive performance.
  2. Karl has said he would like to start coaching games with urgency like regular season contests, but injuries have gotten in the way. Without Wilson Chandler, Karl seems reluctant to put Hamilton in a scoring role off the bench early. Karl also continues to look at Mozgov and Fournier without being able to decide what to do with them. Essentially, there’s still a lot up for grabs in the opening night rotation.
  3. Wilson Chandler had dental work but could be available to play in tomorrow’s game at Phoenix. Denver’s rotation will have a vastly different look if he’s presumably healthy and ready to play this season. Incorporating Chandler even into limited minutes with JaVale and Andre Miller off the bench is paramount to getting a sensible rotation going.

#NuggetsRank No. 5: JaVale McGee

As we continue along our #NuggetsRank countdown we arrive at a player whose combination of past performance, inconsistency and potential makes him very difficult to evaluate.  When combining all those factors, JaVale McGee was voted as the fifth best player on the Denver Nuggets.

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Live Google Hangout with Andre Igoudala

Hey Nuggets fans, you can check out the live stream from Andre Igoudala’s Google Hangout here starting at 2:00 Mountain time!

Nuggets exercise third-year option on Faried, Hamilton

According to NBA.com the Denver Nuggets have decided to exercise the third-year option on both Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton’s contracts. Each player will make slightly north of $1 million during the 2013-14 season. This move is a no-brainer. Count on the Nuggets doing this same thing sometime next year.

Nuggets vs. Thunder fan observations

The Nuggets fell to the Thunder 101-108 on Sunday and unfortunately none of our writers were able to view the game live. There is a chance a recap will be up later, however if there isn’t please feel free to leave your observations of the game in the comments section of this post. Thanks!

#NuggetsRank No. 6: Andre Miller

Landing at the No. 6 spot in our #NuggetsRank series is point guard Andre Miller, consummate professional, tireless workhorse, and by many accounts George Karl’s favorite player on the team. Last season Miller, along with Al Harrington, assumed a role of veteran leadership to help guide Denver’s young roster to a .576 record and sixth seed in the Western Conference. Playing all 66 games in the lockout-shortened season, he continued to lead the league in fewest missed games among players with 10+ seasons with an amazingly low six DNPs in 13 years in the NBA. (more…)

#NuggetsRank No. 7: Wilson Chandler

No. 7 on Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series is none other than Wilson Chandler. After coming to Denver in the winter of 2011, Chandler has spent much of his Nuggets career either sidelined due to injury or overseas. While many Nuggets fans love the versatility Chandler brings to the table, some feel his role on the team has been slipping ever since he arrived in Denver. But whatever side of the argument you fall on, there’s no denying that Chandler is one of the more talented players on the entire roster. (more…)

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