Coming into the season Nuggets fans had enormous hopes for Ty Lawson. He averaged career highs across the board in his first (kind of) full year as a starter. Then in the playoffs against the Lakers he took his game to the next level, averaging 19 points and six assists per game. After receiving a $48 million extension just prior to the 2012-13 season, it seemed the groundwork had been laid for Lawson to finally emerge as the team’s clear-cut best player. But 11 games into the season, it’s become apparent that Lawson still has other things on his mind. (more…)
After a lengthy delay, coming in at number three in our #NuggetsRank series is starting small forward Danilo Gallinari. Despite possessing perhaps the best combination of skill and athleticism on the Nuggets’ entire roster, Gallo trailed behind the top two in our #NuggetsRank voting and ends up as the popular pick for third-best player on the team.
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.
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…)
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…)
Coming in at No. 8 on Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank list is sophomore sensation, Jordan Hamilton. To many readers this may come as as surprise and even an injustice; after all, Hamilton has yet to log an extensive stretch of significant minutes at the NBA level in his brief career. But in the eyes of our writers who watched him showcase his skill-set at Summer League, there was just no way Hamilton was going to end up being ranked any lower — and here’s why…
As we progress through #NuggetsRank our next player is the physical manifestation of the stats versus scouting debate. Corey Brewer is a player who does almost nothing well that can be quantified by statistics, but he has managed to be ranked ninth on Denver’s stacked roster. (more…)
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.
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…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.