Outside Look: A Scout’s Take on the Nuggets Success

Last night ESPN’s Marc Stein talked to a bunch of scouts to get their takes on a lot of NBA early season happenings for Stein Line Live.

All the takes can be found here and are all very interesting, but the one that will be most important to Nuggets fans can be found here.

Stein talked to an Eastern Conference scout on why the Nuggets turnaround has happened. The answer was mostly that Denver was running again, though the part that sticks out most is the scout’s take on JaVale McGee.

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Twitter Contest: Win an adidas Crazy Ghost signed by Kenneth Faried

Kenneth Faried turns 24 today, and in celebration of the Manimal’s birthday Roundball Mining Company is proud to announce our first giveaway contest on Twitter. Thanks to adidas Basketball and Dick’s Sporting Goods, we are giving two lucky readers a chance to win an adidas Crazy Ghost signed by Kenneth Faried.

While Faried finds himself the subject of trade rumors after a rocky start to the season, he remains one of the most energetic and exciting power forwards in the NBA. As Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post noted early this season, Faried has also turned himself into one of the most marketable young talents in the league. The Manimal will star in Disney’s “Pranksgiving” television show this month and he is a featured athlete for adidas, which just launched the new Crazy Ghost shoe in a special Faried Nuggets colorway.

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Courtesy of Dick’s Sporting Goods and adidas Basketball, we are giving away TWO Crazy Ghosts signed by Kenneth Faried. There are three simple steps to entering:

1) Have a valid USA mailing address (apologies to our international readers)

2) Retweet the following tweet and follow @RoundballMining, @adidasHoops and @DICKS

3) Leave a comment below about Kenneth Faried, followed by your Twitter handle. Anything goes – your best memory of Faried as a Nugget or your worst.

Voting will run until 9:00PM MST Sunday, November 24th. Two winners will be chosen at random from the Twitter handles left in the comments here. We will contact the winners on Twitter after the voting closes Sunday night.

Example entry:

Happy birthday to the Manimal! Here’s to many more in the blue and yellow! – @Nuggetsfan35

Crazy Ghost features the Crazyquick outsole traction system – adidas’ latest performance innovation – to provide maximum control and flexibility for quick moves on the court. The redesigned three-layer SPRINTWEB reduces weight and enhances breathability while an internal fit system provides optimal foot lock-down during cuts and breakaways. The herringbone print on the collar and the anodized synthetic on the toe contrast for a stylized look.

The Crazy Ghost takes the court this season with Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors), Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans) and Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)

The Crazy Ghost is available now for $100 at Dick’s Sporting Goods.com  and adidas.com.

HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel to feature Brian Shaw tonight

Tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 19) at 10 p.m. EST, HBO’s award-winning sports journalism show Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel will feature a segment on Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw. As many Nuggets fans are aware, Shaw experienced a summer from hell in 1993 when his mother, father and sister were killed in a car accident. Then, a month later, Shaw’s best friend Reggie Lewis died of cardiac arrest. Real Sports is just about the last bastion of sports journalism on TV, and an excellent show in general, so be sure to tune in and support Brian Shaw in the process!

Destruction from a Distance: Why Denver Can’t Defend the Three Pointer.

Through the first two games of the season plenty of things have gone wrong for the Nuggets. They can’t seem to consistently score in the half court, their shot chart looks almost the exact opposite of what teams should strive for, and their defense can’t stop any opposing big man.

But possibly the worst problem the Nuggets have had through two games has been their “defense” of the three pointer. The Kings and Blazers went a combined 22 of 43 on three point attempts, good for 51 percent shooting and Denver is lucky that things are only that bad.

I went back and watched video of every three pointer that Denver has allowed this season and charted them in an attempt to see where the biggest problems were.

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Watch: Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose preview your 2013-14 Denver Nuggets

I don’t often use the term “must-see TV,” being that contemporary television mostly consists of pregnant teens, plastic housewives and half-ton parents, but this is as close as it gets. Do yourself a favor, set aside 15 minutes of your day and watch this. It’s also worth noting that Bill Simmons is pretty spot on with this analysis of the Nuggets’ tumultuous offseason.

Q&A with Nuggets fans from Australia

For years I’ve be fascinated with the amount of Nuggets fans I’ve encountered who hail from Australia. Given the relative population of Australia compared to the rest of the world, it’s always seemed like abnormally large number. So, after a long period of distant admiration, I finally decided to reach out to some of these fans from Down Under to get a better understanding of how they became Nuggets fans — of all things. Here is their story…

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Saturday: sports equipment charity drive at Pepsi Center

As a heads up to our faithful readers in and around the Denver area, the Nuggets will be hosting the second annual Jessica Redfield Gawhi giveSPORTS charity drive on Saturday. If you’re able to donate some new or lightly used sports equipment to a great cause, it’s an exciting opportunity to meet some of the Denver Nuggets’ players and staff as well as Rocky and the Nuggets Dancers.

This is the second annual sports equipment charity drive the Nuggets will hold in honor of Jessica Redfield Gawhi, the former Altitude intern who was a victim of the tragic Aurora theater shooting in 2012. If you’d like to get involved and make a donation, here are the details of the event this Saturday at the Pepsi Center.

WHEN:          Saturday, August 24 (7 a.m. – Noon)

WHERE:        Pepsi Center – Camry Lot North (Enter via 7th Street from Chopper Circle)

WHY:            Jessica Redfield Ghawi, an aspiring sports journalist, was a victim of the 2012 Aurora theater tragedy.  A sports participant as well as a sports reporter, Jessica’s dream was to provide children who had lost everything with sports equipment.  Her dream became a reality in 2012 when Kroenke Sports Charities partnered with A Precious Child to collect/distribute more than 25,000 pieces of sports equipment to 150 non-profit organizations .

HOW:              New or lightly used sports equipment requested includes:   Baseball and Softball – Balls, Gloves, Catcher’s Gear, Bats;  Basketball – Balls, Nets, Shoes; Bicycles and Helmets;  Boxing – Gloves, Head Gear; Football – Balls, Pads, Helmets, Cleats;  Golf – Clubs, Balls, Shoes;  Hockey – Pucks, Skates, Pads, Goalie Gear, Helmet, Sticks;   Lacrosse – Balls, Sticks, Pads, Helmets;  Roller Hockey – Skates, Helmets, Pads, Sticks, Balls;  Roller Skating/Blading – Skates, Helmets, Pads;  Soccer – Balls, Cleats, Shin Guards;  Tennis – Balls, Rackets, Shoes ; and Volleyball – Balls, Nets, Pads.     In addition, monetary donations will benefit the Jessica Redfield Ghawi giveSPORTS Scholarship Fund which provides financial assistance for sports-related registration fees.

Send us your thoughts, questions — or chocolate-chip cookies

If you haven’t already noticed, things have slowed a bit around RMC lately. We try and think of creative ways to cover the Nuggets 365 days of the year; however, some of those 365 days fall in August and early September when virtually nothing is happening in regards to our beloved Denver Nuggets, and as a result, nothing tends to happen in the creative sections of our brains. Our well has run dry, so to speak. Or it’s barely dripping. Either way, we need some water, aka story ideas in this scenario. So, if you’ve ever wanted us to cover a certain subject or if there’s something on your mind you want answered, please shoot us an e-mail (where you can find up at the top right of the page) and we’ll try to process your requests in a somewhat timely manner. As always, GO NUGGETS!, and thanks for your ongoing support of RMC.

— Kalen

Is Denver’s Roster Deep or Just Full?

As time continues to pass on the Nuggets offseason and people start looking ahead to the coming season one ideal seems to be carrying the belief that the Nuggets will make the playoffs and be successful there; the Nuggets are just too deep to fail.

After all the team is full of good proven players like Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, and healthy Danilo Gallinari and led by a really, really good player in Ty Lawson.

Next to those proven players they have even more guys, like Evan Fournier and Jordan Hamilton,  who at the moment are unproven but have shown tools that lead to the belief they can join the ranks of the good.

And just to make things even more complicated, rounding out the roster are the polarizing JaVale McGee, Nate Robinson, Andre Miller and JJ Hickson. Players that have led to a series of debates, especially on this site, as to whether  or not they are actually good.

Realistically someone could say that the Nuggets will be anywhere from 10 to 13 deep with good players once everyone is healthy and it wouldn’t bring much of an argument.

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Have the Nuggets taken “the greatest risk a team can take”?

Recently, Mark Cuban wrote a very revealing and intriguing blog post on the Dallas Mavericks’ recent offseason maneuvers. This was brought to my attention by Matt Moore’s insightful reaction to Cuban’s post. As they are really great reads, I would highly recommend reading both in their entirety before proceeding. Cuban’s post is here at BlogMaverick.com, and Moore’s article is here at CBSSPORTS.com.

The central theme of both is the conundrum of what to do with an aging superstar, and how that decision may impact short- and long-term team building. Is it best to trade him for draft picks and other young assets, tanking for the hope of the next draft superstar and sacrificing current success for future gains? Or to take a win-now-at-all-costs approach and milk the value of that star for all he’s worth while you can? Or alternately, choose a middle ground in an effort to have your cake and eat it, too?

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The life and times of JaVale McGee, told through memes

OK, so the title is a bit dramatic. This series does not span JaVale’s lifetime. It does not really span anything, in fact. It’s just three little memes I threw together on a quiet Tuesday evening because I knew the readers of RMC, like me, harbor a vast affinity for the artist currently known as JaVale. Anyways, take a look. Hopefully you like at least one of them. And yes, these were composed with tongue firmly in cheek.

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Where Nuggets players rank in two advanced statistical categories

Earlier today Joel posted this on his Twitter page and I thought it was quite interesting. Below is a graphic of where all current Nuggets players rank in player efficiency rating (PER) and win shares per 48 minutes played (WS/48). These are two of the more popular advanced statistical categories that aim to quantify just how valuable and productive a player is individually and with respect to his team. The following rankings might surprise you.

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Apologies from RMC

As many of you already know by now, RMC experienced some technical difficulties starting early Tuesday morning and extending through the afternoon. On behalf of all our writers I’d like to sincerely apologize for this occurrence. As a new owner of an ever-growing website I’m still working through a multitude of different issues. I’m getting more proficient in my ability to understand the technical side of blogging; however, I’m still far from where I need to be. We’ll continue to work through some issues as our site matures and hopefully by commencement of the upcoming season RMC will be better than ever before. Thank you for your patience.

— Kalen

Summer League Recap: Denver Nuggets 84 Memphis Grizzlies 91

Of the sixteen players on the Nuggets’ roster at the 2013 NBA Summer League, more than half have not had a chance to play meaningful minutes. A few of those players finally got a chance in Friday’s 91-84 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, Denver’s fifth game in five days and their finale in Las Vegas. The Nuggets finished with a 1-5 record overall.
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Denver Nuggets 2013 Summer League Preview

The Denver Nuggets will kick off summer league action on Saturday night against the Milwaukee Bucks, marking their ninth straight year of summer competition in Las Vegas. Interestingly enough, the Nuggets are the winningest franchise in summer league history with a cumulative 24-15 record since the Las Vegas league’s inception in 2004.

Of course part of the magic of summer league is the inescapable truth that records don’t matter. The NBA may be trying to change that with the introduction of a tournament format this year (more on that later), but by and large summer league exists solely as an evaluation tool and a training ground for rookies, fringe NBA talents, and assistant coaches.

This season, the Nuggets are bringing a guard-heavy 16-man roster to the table, with important opportunities up for grabs among several young players with real chances to not only make the roster, but possibly get in line for actual minutes in the upcoming season. Denver is only bringing in five players with NBA experience, but three of those (Miller, Hamilton, and Fournier) are returning from last year’s team and essentially guaranteed roster spots next season. Add in second round pick Erick Green, who is also a virtual lock to be signed, and that means this squad will feature at least four players who will definitely be on the 2013-2014 roster.

Newly-retained assistant Melvin Hunt will coach the team, which will start out with three exhibition games before beginning seeded tournament play on Wednesday. Each team is guaranteed to play at least five games and as many as eight for the two teams that reach the championship round.

Without further ado, here’s a breakdown of everyone on the roster and what to watch for when summer league action tips on Saturday night.
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