2014-15 Denver Nuggets minutes projectiions: Don’t expect the rookies to get much burn

 

Predicting the distribution of minutes for any NBA team is in many ways a doomed venture from the start.

One need look no further than the 2013-14 Nuggets to find ample evidence of a team’s inherent unpredictability. A whopping four torn ACLs, an unexpected player-coach meltdown involving seasoned veteran Andre Miller, the addition of Aaron Brooks and Jan Vesely who averaged 29 and 17 minutes per game respectively – none of these things could reasonably have been foreseen by even the sagest NBA experts. Adding an additional layer of complication (one bound to persist in 2014-15) was the large number of middling players competing for limited minutes on an overstuffed roster.

Yet at least one seemingly irresistible force does tend to propel the allotment of minutes toward a predictable pattern: talent. (more…)

Hickson suspended five games for drug use

Chris Dempsey of The Denver Post is reporting Nuggets’ forward J.J. Hickson will be suspended the first five games of the upcoming NBA season for violating the NBA’s drug policy. According to USAToday.com the suspension is likely a result of a third failed marijuana test.

Why this seems so not unusual and predestined from the moment Hickson signed with the Nuggets a few years back is beyond my understanding, but it does, and it has finally happened, and it likely won’t affect the outcome of any Nuggets game which he is absent from, and we will all forget about this in a few days.

Please leave all Cheech and Chong, Colorado and Whizzinator-themed jokes below. Thanks.

Lawson clowns Harden’s defense – can he back it up?

Ty Lawson put the smackdown on James Harden via his Instagram feed last week, and to date, Harden has made no response. Smells like Lawson may be on to something.

Plenty of players in the NBA get by on lackluster defense. This article posted on House of Houston comments on Harden’s defense, but also notes Nuggets great Alex English as one of those players lacking on the defensive side. (more…)

Faried is doing his thing at the World Cup and that’s good for the Nuggets

As some of you may have noticed, the FIBA World Cup is currently in full swing in Spain, and Team USA has, at the time of this writing, won its first four games. Apart from a subpar first half against Turkey, the US has rolled relatively pain-free through these games, despite having lost a lot of big names in the build-up to the tournament.

One player who has particularly benefited from players like Kevin Durant, Kevin Love and Blake Griffin bowing out of this summer’s USA squad is the Denver Nuggets’ very own Kenneth Faried. Originally predicted to be an outsider for the 12-man selection, he became all but a lock for the team once the biggest stars started dropping out of the squad, each for their own reasons.

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