Link: The Mile-High Project by Zach Lowe

I was going to try and write something tonight, but I’ve decided not to. I’ve decided Grantland’s Zach Lowe has written an article that is probably a lot better than any I would have composed. So, if I were you, I’d read it — if you haven’t already. And if you have, perhaps you’d like to read it again. Lowe extracts some great quotes from different Nuggets’ sources and does an exceptional job of summarizing where the Nuggets are in their development under Brian Shaw and where they’re trying to go in the future with Tim Connelly as GM. So read it. Do it. Now.

  • Sócrates Manzoni

    Lowe is just so good at his job. Love that Connelly wants to trade for a star and that Shaw is aware of this team’s limitations (less post ups for KF.)

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    Fantastic piece. Like Manzoni says, Lowe is very good at his job, and this article shows through empirical evidence, not just hunches and shallow impressions, that perhaps Shaw and Connelly aren’t so bad at theirs either.

  • Makkon Farstriders

    Ya, I read that article yesterday. It’s a great read- a must for any Nuggets fan. Here’s the link to another article on Grantland that I found to be interesting- a piece on Andre Iguadala. About 75% in it gets to his time in Denver and leaving for the Warriors. I wonder what influenced his leaving most: chance to start a career outside of basketball, sponsorship deals, a more comfortable atmosphere/role on the team, a lack of trust in Denver basketball, or the chance to win more?

    http://www.grantland.com/story/_/id/10041396/how-andre-iguodala-scottie-pippen

    I hope the Nuggets end the season with a better record and go further in the playoffs than Goldenstate. I’m still bitter about that playoff loss last year to those chumps.

  • steve

    I want us to trade for a star…but who could we land? Alot of our trade chips are getting older and therefore going to become FA and more expensive. Who is out there that is available? I would think Greg Monroe of Detroit could be had. They would shift Smith over to PF with Drummond and really need a wing. Would something like Chandler, Mozgov, Hamilton and Andre Miller for Monroe and Charlie Villa work? Not sure…Zach Randolph , Millsap, Thad Young all could be had but are any of these guys superstars? Would they truly help us that much? Just not sure.

    • Makkon Farstriders

      We have the pieces for a trade- we need to wait for one to present itself. I never imagined Howard would be in Houston 2 years ago, but now they have Harden and Howard and could be considered contenders. It’s hard, but possible to become a contender without tanking first. I respect it a lot more when a team can pull it off, too. Houston should be lauded for what they have done.

  • The Truth

    Yeah, thorough article. I still must complain. What is a star? Somebody who is at the end of their career and gets the refs benefit of the doubt? Somebody who has thrived in a certain system but is unproven in others? A scorer, a rebounder, a defender, a coachable player?

    Yes, the “trade for a star” talk bugs the hell out of me. How’d that work for NY, Toronto and BK? It worked fairly well for Houston, but many claim Howard is not even a star. Iggy couldn’t overcome GK’s deficiencies and get us over the hump.

    You trade for pieces once you establish a system. Let’s talk about the system being established and the players we have. All that trade talk is for speculators who never played the game, the type of cats who could tell you all the trivia in the world about hip hop but never been to a house party or touched wax on acid.

  • Aaron Durkin

    Have you guys not watched Lawson this year. He has played
    like a top 15 player all season. Let this Core continue to grow together and we
    will make if further in the playoffs. The Idea of tanking for the draft is the worst
    concept in all of sports and anyone who argues that does not follow any
    professional teams. The Nuggets franchise has made the playoffs for over 10
    years now and is competitive every year. Now you want to throw what is built
    away for the 10% chance that you draft a great player or the even lower %
    chance that you can sign a great player that will work with the system put in
    place. Look at what happened in Brooklyn, New York, Minnesota, Toronto, Sacramento,
    and Cleveland. Let the players in place mature and create a winning atmosphere and
    we will win a championship one day.

    • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

      Plus, we don’t need to tank for next year’s draft. New York is doing that for us.

  • NuggZeit

    With Lawson’s development it’s clear to me that we should continue to try and develop the rest of the roster to get better. If a trade presents itself that fits Denver and makes us better then that’s a no brainer – but no reason to make a trade for the future (draft picks).

    Seems to me that what we need now is a fundamentally sound big who brings it every night, easier said than done.

    I like where we are at and the direction we are headed. Would love to end up modeling our culture on something like the Spurs.

    • Sharkboy242

      Someone like Brook Lopez would be a really nice fit on this team imo.

      • Paul Griggs

        You are the George Costanza of basketball–do the exact opposite and it would be a better idea

        • Sharkboy242

          And you’re just a terrible troll. If you don’t think Brook Lopez is among the best of centers you’re an idiot. This team needs a dominant big that can compliment Lawson.

          I bet you’re dumb enough to believe that McGee is a better center than Lopez lol

  • heykyleinsf

    we’re down 15 nearing the 4th at home vs Utah and have only scored 50 points. This right after the Broncos debacle. WTF is going on?