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.

Denver Nuggets 2012 Summer League Schedule

The NBA just released the Las Vegas Summer League schedule, featuring 24 teams competing in 60 games from July 13-22. The Denver Nuggets will be participating in five games from July 14-20. Full schedule below

July 14 Golden State COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.
July 15 Dallas COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.
July 17 New York COX Pavilion 2:00 p.m.
July 19 Charlotte Thomas & Mack Center 8:30 p.m.
July 20 Portland COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.

Chad Iske will coach the Summer League team this year, a position previously held John Welch in 2009 and ex-Nuggets assistant Jamahl Mosely in 2010 (summer league was cancelled in 2011 due to the lockout). The roster is yet to be announced but the Nuggets have confirmed second year players Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton, and Julyan Stone will participate. The Nuggets announced on their website that all five games will be televised by Altitude with pre and post game coverage. NBATV will also broadcast all 60 games nationally, including 39 live from the Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

Summer League will showcase the best young talent in the league, with 13 of the 14 teams in June 28th’s draft lottery set to participate. Presumably, the Nuggets will feature at least one of their selections from the upcoming draft as Denver currently has one first round and two second round picks.

For those thinking of traveling to Vegas in mid-July, tickets are $25 a day for adults and on sale now at UNLVtickets.com. Roundball Mining Company will be in Vegas covering games and posting content.  As always, we will continue to update you on developments as summer league rosters begin to take shape following the draft on June 28th.

 

Support the Sacramento Kings, watch this movie

It’s not often that Roundball Mining Company covers anything outside of the Denver Nuggets. This however, is an exception and one we’re proud to be a part of.

Our fellow TrueHoop cohorts over at Cowbell Kingdom have notified the network of a movie titled Small Market, Big Heart. It is an feature-length amateur film produced by Kings fans and bloggers which documents Sacramento’s attempt to keep the Kings stationed in the capitol of California for the foreseeable future. It was made on a budget of close to $10,000 which came from a kickstart campaign and will not gross a profit of any kind. This is nothing more than a all-out, last-ditch attempt by the city and its fans to keep the Kings in Sacramento and it’s done so in a poignant, passionate and artistic manner.

If you have the time, I strongly recommend you watch Small Market, Big Heart. Remember, many of the issues covered in this movie are ones Nuggets fans could potentially see down the road as part of a small market NBA franchise. It’s free to stream on YouTube. You can watch it at Cowbell Kingdom or at the movie’s website. We’d also encourage you to share this through social media, word of mouth or any other way you can think of, as the only way this movie is going to bring awareness to the rest of the world is through thoughtful people like you!

If you have anymore questions or comments, feel free to post them and we’ll try and get back to you in a timely fashion.

Thanks for reading

With the season now over, Roundball Mining Company will do quite a bit of reflecting on the 2011-12 campaign. But before we get in depth with our analysis we’d like to stop and say thanks. I know Jeremy touched on it in the Game 7 Rapid Reaction but I’d like to expand a bit more on his sincere gratitude to all those who have frequented this blog over the years.

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Hickory-High breaks down Nuggets vs. Lakers

This is an excellent video breakdown of contrasting styles of play and individual matchups by our friends at Hickory-High. We can talk all we want about predictions but the fact is, the technical side of the game — running plays, exploiting weaknesses, ect. — will play as big of a role as any in deciding the outcome of this series. Hickory-High details these nuances with easy-to-understand video analysis which you can’t find anywhere else. If you’re a Nuggets or Lakers fan, this is a must read.

What did the Spurs win do for the Nuggets?

With their decisive victory over the tanking Portland Trail Blazers the San Antonio Spurs have locked in the top seed in the Western Conference for the second straight year.  With it they have may have solidified the Denver Nuggets’ hold on the sixth seed.

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So, life pretty much sucks right now

I just spend the past 10 hours of my life compiling a comprehensive post that summarizes the way Denver Nuggets fans feel about their team at the moment. It touched on George Karl, the percent of our comments that mention him in connection with losing games as well as a list of nine potential coaching candidates with pictures and descriptions of why each would be a solid option for the Nuggets. In the end I talked about Masai Ujiri, Stan Kroenke and how each has “standards” that interfere with the Nuggets being the best team it can be.

I don’t know how else to say it, but I genuinely felt like it was probably the best piece I’ve ever written considering the context and time. It was the longest for sure: 3,500 words of my heart and soul.

When I went to hit “Publish” the screen went completely white for some reason. This has never happened to me before. Then, when I clicked the back arrow: nothing. Everything was gone. At 2:30 in the morning and after two days of research, stress, effort, love — it all vanished in the unmerciful blink of a computer screen’s eye.

If anybody has any idea of how I might be able to recover this please let me know. I have a Mac, perhaps Time Machine would allow this? I don’t know. I’ve never had something like this happen.

Until then I will be curled up in my bed, fetal position, sweatpants on tight, motionless until 9:00 p.m. EST when the Nuggets play the Suns.

(PS: If you’d still like the list of coaching candidates I culled up I’d be glad to share them with you.)

TrueHoop Blog features interesting Nuggets analysis

The godfather of the TrueHoop organization himself, Henry Abbott, offers up a unique angle on late-game situations in the NBA. While one of the hottest topics of the last several months in Nuggets Nation has been the “superstar debate,” Abbott submits evidence that while a superstar is a luxury, it’s not exactly a necessity in order to win in tight games. This article directly correlates to the Nuggets and is especially interesting after Ty Lawson has come through with back-to-back game winners of late.

Highway to the Danger Zone?

Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Timofey Mozgov, Arron Afflalo. They all have missed game this season with an ankle sprain.  Some have been serious (Gallo) some have been much less so (Afflalo).  However, I think I speak for Nuggets fans everywhere when I ask, “What is with all the ankle sprains?”

Let me propose two potential causes that are the two pillars of Denver’s offense, pace and paint points, two categories in which they lead the entire NBA.  Maybe the Pepsi Center should be known as the Danger Zone. (more…)

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