Trade thread

It’s that time of year. Everywhere you look in the comments section here at RMC there is at least one link to a fictional trade someone has created using the ESPN Trade Machine. While these are fun and do draw responses from fellow readers, they’re often seen as a distraction from the main post. But not this time. In this thread, I urge you to go crazy with whatever realistic (or totally unlikely) trade scenarios you can think of. Have fun and please try to limit your scenarios to five trades per person. The ESPN Trade Machine can only take so much.

Corey Brewer to appear in Movie 43

I might be extremely late to the party on this one; nevertheless, for those who aren’t yet aware, it looks as though Corey Brewer has landed a minor role in the upcoming comedy Movie 43. It is produced by Peter Farrelly (one half of the infamous Farrelly brothers duo) and is set to be released January 25, 2013. For those who would like a preview of the movie, here is link to a trailer in which Brewer appears right off the bat. It looks pretty raunchy overall, so sensitive types be warned!

A New Year’s statistical snapshot of the Nuggets

We hope you all are enjoying the holidays! As the new year begins and the Denver Nuggets put the most brutal stretch of their 2012-13 schedule behind them, it is a good time to take the team’s temperature and assess where they currently stand. Below the jump is a statistical profile of what the Nuggets have accomplished (or in some cases failed to accomplish) thus far this season.

As an aside before getting to that, it appears that none of the Roundball Mining Company contributors are likely to be available to write up the Rapid Reaction for Denver’s New Year’s Day game, as they attempt to end the 17-game winning streak of the league’s hottest team, the L.A. Clippers. So please feel free to use this thread to comment on the game if a recap does not get posted.

And with that, let us take a look at the current state of the Nuggets. (more…)

Link: Kenneth Faried, a model of undersized success for Thomas Robinson

Our friends at the TrueHoop Sacramento Kings blog, Cowbell Kingdom, have had a rough time as of late. Earlier this year rumors began to mount regarding the Kings moving from Sacramento to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Though over a quarter of the 2012-13 season it’s clear the team is yet again destined for the lottery. And to top it all off, promising rookie and No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Thomas Robinson, is struggling to see court time in a year where the franchise has absolutely nothing to lose. If there was ever a bright side to this story it’s that Kings coach Keith Smart recently reveled that he’s had Robinson watch film of Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried to shine light on how to be a successful undersized power forward in the NBA. Today, Cowbell Kingdom published a great article on this subject with first-hand quotes and a video interview of Faried.

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Link: Five Nuggets story lines to watch for this season

We’ve given you two season preview articles thus far and although the Nuggets’ 2012-13 campaign has officially begun, here’s one more. It’s a less traditional preview piece with five of the biggest story lines to keep an eye on this year. For those unfamiliar, Westword is an alternative weekly newspaper in Denver owned by Voice Media Group — the same company that owns such papers as The Village Voice in New York City and L.A. Weekly in Los Angeles.

Heritage, eras, and the new Nuggets skyline jerseys

The post-Carmelo Anthony era of the Denver Nuggets began, of course, on the day he was traded to New York. That day would mark a historic sea change in the Nuggets culture, and in its wake the newly assembled team handled what could have been a much rougher transition remarkably well, closing out the season with an 18-7 record that few would have thought possible. Despite continued success (relative to expectations around the league) in the following season, the NBA lockout and injuries deprived Denver of the full training camp, preseason and 82-game regular season they really needed to take the team to the next level. (more…)

REMINDER: Nuggets preseason almost underway

The Denver Nuggets will kick off their 2012 preseason campaign against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, Oct. 6, at 8:30 p.m. in Las Vegas. Because the Colorado Rapids are playing at 7 p.m., the game will not be televised on Altitude. NBATV will be airing a replay of the Dallas Mavericks preseason game in Germany at this time, which seems odd considering a live game in Las Vegas would be much more preferable to viewers. If anybody has any information on where this game can be viewed please leave a comment below. The rest of the Nuggets remaining preseason schedule is as follows (per DenverPost.com):

Oct. 12, @ Spurs, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 vs. Warriors, 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 @ Trail Blazers, 8 p.m.
Oct. 21 @ Oklahoma City, 6 p.m.
Oct. 25 vs. Clippers, 8 p.m.
Oct 26 @ Suns, 7 p.m.

Rankings of all the Nuggets players in the ESPN #NBArank series

We briefly interrupt Roundball Mining Company’s #NuggetsRank series to present our final installment on the ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag). The three remaining Nuggets players have now appeared in the rankings, with Danilo Gallinari coming in at 54, Ty Lawson at 48, and Andre Iguodala rounding out the list at 28.

Here is the complete list of Nuggets players in the ESPN rankings:

  • 28 Andre Iguodala (up 6 from previous rank of 34)
  • 48 Ty Lawson (up 16 from previous rank of 64)
  • 54 Danilo Gallinari (up 14 from previous rank of 68)
  • 71 Kenneth Faried (up 260 from previous rank of 331)
  • 77 JaVale McGee (up 22 from previous rank of 99)
  • 93 Wilson Chandler (down 18 from previous rank of 75)
  • 94 Andre Miller (down 5 from previous rank of 89)
  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

As always, feel free to share your thoughts on whether you think the Nuggets players were ranked appropriately compared with the other players in the league (all the rankings can be found by checking the links in the right hand column of this page at ESPN).

Also, as mentioned above, right here at Roundball Mining Company we have voted on our very own rankings of the Denver Nuggets players, and are featuring the players one by one every couple of days. So please check back regularly for updates to our #NuggetsRank series, and join the discussion in the comments.

Coming soon: Roundball ranks the Denver Nuggets

For over a month our writers have been in discussion about an upcoming series that ranks the Denver Nuggets from 1-15. In conjunction with the current ESPN #NBArank, we’ve come up with our own formula for ranking the Denver Nuggets (it’s actually not that complicated). After adding up all our writers’ scores and fielding everyone’s input, we’ve finally determined a solid order by which all 15 Denver Nuggets players are ranked based on who we feel is the best at this very moment. This has nothing to do with the future or the past. This is the definitive Roundball Mining Company #NuggetsRank of the current Denver Nuggets roster based on who we feel is more valuable to the team, in relation to their teammates, right now!

The series will kick off soon so stay tuned for who comes in at No. 15.

Nuggets players in the ESPN player rankings (71-500)

The ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag) are now starting to get into the upper echelons and have counted down to players 71-80. Continuing with our look at where Nuggets players were ranked (previous posts here and here), here is an updated list including the first four Nuggets to crack the top 100: Andre Miller at 94, Wilson Chandler at 93, JaVale McGee at 77 and Kenneth Faried at 71.

Here are the Nuggets players who have appeared thus far:

  • 71 Kenneth Faried (up 260 from previous rank of 331)
  • 77 JaVale McGee (up 22 from previous rank of 99)
  • 93 Wilson Chandler (down 18 from previous rank of 75)
  • 94 Andre Miller (down 5 from previous rank of 89)
  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

And as a basis for comparison, here are last year’s previous rankings for the last Denver players who have yet to be named:

  • 34 Andre Iguodala
  • 64 Ty Lawson
  • 68 Danilo Gallinari

We will have one final update after the rankings of the three remaining players are released. In the meantime, please feel free to share your predictions for the last three and your thoughts on whether you think the Nuggets players were ranked appropriately compared with the other players in the league (all the rankings can be found by checking the links in the right hand column of this page at ESPN).

Also, stay tuned to Roundball Mining Company for our own rankings of the Denver Nuggets players, which we’ll start publishing soon.

This Saturday: Jessica Redfield Gawhi giveSPORTS Equipment Drive at Pepsi Center

Jessica Redfield Gawhi’s passion for sports was undeniable. Before being senselessly gunned down in the Aurora theater shooting, she was pursuing her dream of being becoming a sports reporter and worked as an intern and Altitude Sports & Entertainment. Passionate and smart, Jessica always took time to help those in need. Prior to her death, Jessica’s dream was to help families of the Colorado wildfires by providing hockey equipment. On Saturday September 8th, the Denver Nuggets and Kroenke Sports charities will hold a gently-used sports equipment drive in Jessica’s honor. The equipment drive includes all sports and will serve families in need throughout the Denver metro area as part of the effort to ensure Jessica’s giving spirit lives on.

Denver Nuggets players, dancers, ambassadors and supermascot Rocky will be on hand. Here’s a guide of what to bring and where to go on Saturday morning. As Nuggets fans, this is a great opportunity to get involved with the organization and do something good in honor of a special person.

Details

Saturday September 8th
7:00 AM – Noon
Pepsi Center –  Parking Lot B
(Enter via 7th street from Chopper Circle)

What to bring

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.

Happy Labor Day!

A very happy Labor Day to our Roundball Mining Company readers! We hope you’re having a great holiday weekend, and we give a big appreciative shout out to all of you who are working hard out there.

In the spirit of doing work, here’s a list of some of the hardest working Nuggets from the 2011-12 season, who in great single game performances set their team’s season high in various categories.

Gallo had three season highs in a single epic outing against his former team:

  • Danilo Gallinari, 37 points, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)
  • Danilo Gallinari, 18 made free throws, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)
  • Danilo Gallinari, 52 minutes, 1/21/12 @NYK (W)

The Manimal was a monster on the glass:

  • Kenneth Faried, 17 rebounds, 4/9/12 vsGSW (W)
  • Kenneth Faried, 7 offensive rebounds, 2/29/12 vsPOR (W) and 4/9/12 vsGSW (W)

Somewhat surprisingly, Lawson (not Andre Miller) set the Nuggets’ season high in assists, and he (not Corey Brewer) also had the high in steals:

  • Ty Lawson, 15 assists, 3/2/12 vsHOU (W)
  • Ty Lawson, 8 steals, 12/29/11 @POR (L)

Harrington also brought the unexpected with the season high in defensive rebounds, though the field goals come as less of a surprise:

  • Al Harrington, 14 made field goals, 2/20/12 vsMIN (W)
  • Al Harrington, 11 defensive rebounds, 2/6/12 vsHOU (L)

It’s a fitting departure for the Birdman and welcome to JaVale that they share the season high in blocks:

  • Chris Andersen, 6 blocks, 2/14/12 vsPHO (W)
  • JaVale McGee, 6 blocks, 5/1/12 @LAL (L)

And finally, there was a six-player, nine-game tie for most 3-pointers made (5), which included Arron Afflalo, Brewer, Rudy Fernandez, Gallo, Harrington and Lawson.

 

Enjoy the rest of your holiday, everyone, and feel free to use the comments section as an open thread!

 

 

Nuggets players in the ESPN player rankings (201-500)

The ESPN/Truehoop 2012 NBA player rankings (which you can follow at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag) have now counted down to players 201-220. Continuing with our look at where Nuggets players were ranked, here is an updated list including two new names, Timofey Mozgov at 220 and Corey Brewer at 203.

Here are the Nuggets players who have appeared thus far:

  • 203 Corey Brewer (up 5 from previous rank of 208)
  • 220 Timofey Mozgov (up 86 from previous rank of 306)
  • 269 Anthony Randolph (down 49 from previous rank of 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (up 74 from previous rank of 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (up 43 from previous rank of 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

And as a basis for comparison, here are last year’s previous rankings for the Denver players who have yet to be named:

  • 34 Andre Iguodala
  • 64 Ty Lawson
  • 68 Danilo Gallinari
  • 75 Wilson Chandler
  • 89 Andre Miller
  • 99 JaVale McGee
  • 331 Kenneth Faried

We will keep you updated as the next tiers of rankings are released. In the meantime, please feel free to share your reactions and predictions in the comments.

Nuggets players in the ESPN player rankings (261-500)

As many of our readers are already aware, ESPN and the Truehoop network are currently counting down the rankings of all the players in the NBA from 500 to 1, announcing them one by one on twitter at @NBAonESPN using the #NBArank hashtag. Over 100 contributors, including several of your own Roundball Mining Company writers, participated in the voting. And with the latest installment of players 261-280 we have nearly reached the midway point.

So which Denver Nuggets players dwell in the bottom half of the rankings? Here’s a look at the names which have appeared thus far:

  • 269 Anthony Randolph (previous rank: 220)
  • 274 Kosta Koufos (previous rank: 348)
  • 337 Jordan Hamilton (previous rank 380)
  • 395 Quincy Miller
  • 410 Evan Fournier
  • 473 Julyan Stone

Of course, the rankings for rookies or a player like Stone who hardly saw the court are somewhat arbitrary. But as we approach the top they’ll become more meaningful, and it will be interesting to see how the general consensus stacks up the better Nuggets players against the rest of the league.

As a basis for comparison, here are last year’s rankings for the Denver players who have yet to be named:

  • 34 Andre Iguodala
  • 64 Ty Lawson
  • 68 Danilo Gallinari
  • 75 Wilson Chandler
  • 89 Andre Miller
  • 99 JaVale McGee
  • 208 Corey Brewer
  • 306 Timofey Mozgov
  • 331 Kenneth Faried

We will keep you updated as the next tiers of rankings are released. In the meantime, please feel free to share your reactions and predictions in the comments.

Talking NBA Draft with Colorado Sports Guys

Last night I joined Nate Timmons and Ross Martin, also known as the Colorado Sports Guys, to talk about the Nuggets and the roll they’ll play in the 2012 NBA Draft. You can listen to the podcast player below (I come on at about the 40 minute mark), at the Colorado Sports Guys’ website or download it free on iTunes.

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