On March 19, 2008, then Denver Nuggets guard Allen Iverson finally got his first opportunity to return to the place of his NBA roots and face the 76ers in Philadelphia. After having been traded for Andre Miller, Joe Smith and two first round picks in December 2006 to join Carmelo Anthony in Denver, his dramatic homecoming stole the headlines.
The 76ers, however, got the win with the help of their two leading scorers in that game, who combined for 49 points, 18 assists and five steals. Nobody could have known at that time that the duo of Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala had just defeated a team they would find themselves reunited on over four years later. (more…)
Although he already spent his rookie season with the Nuggets, Jordan Hamilton may be Denver’s most important new addition next season. New, at least, in the sense of being a regular rotation player who wasn’t in the mix in any meaningful way last season. Front office exec Masai Ujiri has already described Hamilton as “our rookie for next year” and it may be the case that the Nuggets organization views him as the replacement for Rudy Fernandez, or at least the player Rudy might have been for Denver had he not suffered a season ending injury.
In the 31 games Fernandez did play in, he averaged 23 minutes, and was primarily utilized (with varying degrees of effectiveness) as an offensive spark and energy player off the bench. With the anticipated healthy return of Wilson Chandler and Al Harrington to the rotation, and the re-signing of Andre Miller, who sometimes plays shooting guard alongside Ty Lawson, it’s difficult to imagine that Hamilton will get as many minutes as Rudy, or even crack twenty.
Even so, it does appear that the Nuggets intend to play him, which in turn raises the question of what kind of player we might expect J-Ham to be. (more…)
The Denver Nuggets live on points in the paint. In game 1 of their playoff series with the Los Angeles Lakers, they had no problem getting into the paint, what they had a problem with was scoring once they got there. The story of the game was the triple double by Andrew Bynum who completely controlled the lane defensively for the Lakers.
All hope is not lost; the Nuggets need to simply do a better job of taking advantage of the times they get in the lane. Denver finished with 44 points in the paint, a respectable total, but when you consider how many more points they could have had if they did not offer up so many meek attempts that were thrown back, there is hope Denver can get their offense back on track. In the Film Room session below, we take a look at what Denver must do to improve their offense in the paint.
The most difficult matchup for the Denver Nuggets in their playoff series against the Los Angeles Lakers is Andrew Bynum. Bynum is the dominant offensive center in the NBA and the Nuggets must make sure that he does not score at will. Unlike in the past when the Nuggets bigs consisted of Nene, Birdman and Kenyon Martin, Denver has plenty of size to attempt to matchup with Bynum and Pau Gasol.
Out of Denver’s four centers, the one who does the best defending Bynum is Timofey Mozgov. In the Film Room segment below I have strung together six clips from the April 13 game where Mozgov is defending Bynum.
The Los Angeles Lakers are a very good defensive team. A big part of that is they do a good job of forcing their opponent to go to their second and third option on offense thus encouraging their opponent attempt low percentage shots. Against the Nuggets L.A. will attempt to pack the paint and close off the driving lanes to the basket. As a result the Nuggets will be able to get open looks from the perimeter, but they are low percentage shots. In the following Roundball Mining Company Denver Nuggets Film Room segment you can see the Lakers’ philosophy of remove the first option and close off the lane in action.
The Roundball Mining Company Film Room is back! Today we are going to compare the Nuggets offensive execution against Oklahoma City in the second quarter to their offensive execution at the end of the fourth quarter. Maybe there is a reason why they struggle at the end of close games.
The film does not lie. Free flowing offense getting shots in the lane versus standing around and awaiting the inevitable horrible shot. I have no idea why they get away from what works in an attempt to do things the way everyone else does. The devotion to iso heavy stagnant sets with one player who is not suited for the role tries to play hero is baffling. Surely over his long and illustrious coaching career George Karl has picked up a few nice plays to run in that situation.
What is interesting is the group that was moving so well was comprised of players who most fans would expect to struggle to score. It looks to me like they could teach the starters a thing or two.
I have written about how the Denver Nuggets have a low defensive IQ. There have too many breakdowns in communication and positioning that should not be happening at this point in the season. In their hard fought 124-118 overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder there was a perfect example of that. On a key play in the game where Denver needed a stop, they had two players fail to think and communicate. The result undermined very solid defense by their teammates.
The big offseason acquisition for the Denver Nuggets was Al Harrington. With Kenyon Martin and Chris Andersen out of the lineup for a month or two to start the season Harrington is expected to play big minutes for Denver. Despite the fact that fellow newcomer Shelden Williams has been tabbed as the opening night starter alongside Nene, I expect Harrington to play some big minutes.
In anticipation of that we have dedicated two editions of the Roundball Mining Company Film Room to Al’s abilities. We analyzed Harrington’s offensive game a couple of months ago. Now we present to you the highly anticipated film room session on Harrington’s ability as a defender.
Early in his career with the Indiana Pacers Harrington actually played the role of defensive stopper as he fought to find a role on a stacked squad. Now entering his 13th season Harrington has established himself as a prolific scorer, but what impact as age and role played on his defense?
Al Harrington has been a Denver Nugget for over three weeks and I have yet to show him the respect of a proper Film Room segment. Today that unfortunate streak comes to an end.
In this segment I take a look at what Al Harrington can do, and not do, offensively. We had a lot of material to work with thanks to his 43 point outburst against Denver last season. Watch the video and then we will dig a little deeper into what Harrington has to show us.
Video after the jump.
The Utah Jazz are a very sound offensive team and they devour teams that make even the tiniest mental or physical errors on defense. Right now the Denver Nuggets are making some big mistakes and some small mistakes and Utah is gorging themselves on each and every one.
Fortunately, Denver does not have to play perfect defensively to defeat the Jazz, but the clearly must play better. Below you will see clips of individual mistakes that can be easily remedied through communication or increased focus and attention to detail.