|Danilo Gallinari, SF 37 MIN | 3-17 FG | 6-9 FT | 6 REB | 2 AST | 13 PTS | -19
Gallo couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn in this game. His 13 points came from 17 shot attempts, and he went 1-9 from the arc. It’s easy to see that he wants to be the man on this team, but this seems to lead to somewhat selfish play at times. He needs to recognize when his shot’s not falling and try harder to set up his teammates.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 36 MIN | 11-15 FG | 0-1 FT | 12 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | -10
The Manimal had his best game of the season tonight, and tied for leading scorer on the Nuggets with 22 very efficient points. It’s unclear why he, like so many other Nuggets players, was M.I.A. in the first two games, but the energetic, supercharged Faried we all know and love finally showed up. His performance was even more commendable given that he was assigned the daunting task of defending LeBron James, which he handled as capably as might be expected from a mere mortal.
|Kosta Koufos, C 14 MIN | 1-4 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -7
Koufos could do absolutely nothing to slow down the offensive onslaught of Chris Bosh, who tallied his highest score as a Miami Heat player with 40 points on 15-22 shooting. From the opening tipoff Bosh had his way with him, scoring ten points in the first eight minutes. Kosta wasn’t able to contribute much on offense either, and Karl only played him 14 minutes.
|Ty Lawson, PG 41 MIN | 7-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 6 AST | 14 PTS | -2
Ty was very quiet to open the game, going shotless and scoreless in the first quarter. He did find a mode assertive mode of play as the game went on, however, and at times did a good job of driving to the basket. Still, he needs to develop more consistency. He seems to have an on/off switch when it comes to his effort and aggression, and when it’s off the Nuggets offense tends to sputter.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 40 MIN | 9-15 FG | 2-4 FT | 5 REB | 3 AST | 22 PTS | -4
This was the Iguodala Nuggets fans have been waiting for. Andre did a solid job of defending Dwyane Wade, who shot 5-12 for just 14 points. It was by far his best offensive performance with Denver, as he tied Faried’s 22 points and notably hit two of his five 3-point attempts. In the fourth quarter he also showed signs of being a reliable go-to guy in the clutch, which should be important as the season rolls on.
|Corey Brewer, SF 23 MIN | 4-10 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 10 PTS | +12
Brewer continues to earn his minutes with his effortful defensive play. It seems that Karl has given him the green light to shoot 3-pointers at will, but until he can demonstrate the ability to drain them more consistently at a higher percentage, it would be a mistake to have him continue averaging over six attempts per game. But his energy remains valuable, and he probably gains as many possessions for the team in steals and scrambling for loose balls as he loses with errant threes.
|JaVale McGee, C 23 MIN | 6-9 FG | 4-5 FT | 9 REB | 0 AST | 16 PTS | +10
JaVale is another Nugget who had his best game of the season tonight. He delivered his 16 points with great efficiency, not only shooting 6-9 from the field but also (gasp!) knocking down four of his five free throw attempts. He played a more fundamentally sound game, which was nice to see. He did a good job of altering shots near the rim, but unfortunately he couldn’t do much better than Koufos in slowing down Bosh.
|Andre Miller, PG 28 MIN | 8-10 FG | 1-1 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 17 PTS | +5
It’s somewhat odd to give such a high grade to Miller in a game in which he had only one assist, but Dre is a huge part of the reason why the Nuggets even had a chance to win this game. There were a couple of stretches in the third quarter when Miami started building a lead, but Miller did a great job of stopping the bleeding before things got out of control and keeping Denver in the game. And the play in the second quarter when he backed down Wade in the post and put in a short jumper right in his face was a thing of beauty.
|Danilo Gallinari, SF 35 MIN | 5-14 FG | 11-14 FT | 8 REB | 4 AST | 23 PTS | -3
Gallo was about the only player on the Nuggets roster who was looking to be aggressive. He also made an effort to play hard, which can’t be said for most of his teammates. This is the type of Gallo the Nuggets need in order to be a real threat in the West.
|Kenneth Faried, SF 20 MIN | 1-3 FG | 0-0 FT | 5 REB | 0 AST | 2 PTS | -14
What the hell is going on with Faried? For the second game in a row he played more of a complimentary role than that of the starter he truly is. His head is down. He’s not even trying to rebound. Something is clearly going on between the ears because this is not the fun-loving, energetic Faried we’ve come to know.
|Kosta Koufos, C 27 MIN | 3-6 FG | 1-3 FT | 6 REB | 1 AST | 7 PTS | +8
Koufos was just kind of there tonight. He didn’t make his presence known at all, especially on the glass like we’ve become accustomed to in the preseason. If he’s going to play this much he needs to turn up his level of aggressiveness in a major way.
|Ty Lawson, PG 38 MIN | 6-15 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 7 AST | 12 PTS | -13
The energy was there tonight for Lawson. He was trying to make things happen; they just weren’t. There’s a certain amount of blame that should be put on his shoulders, but at this point, it’s nothing compared to what his teammates need to be shouldering.
|Andre Iguodala, SG 36 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-2 FT | 8 REB | 5 AST | 9 PTS | -10
I’m a little bit confused as to what Iguodala’s role is on this team right now. People were so excited about landing him, but the fact is, Denver’s most pressing need has always been a top dog who can get buckets when the chips are down — which is perhaps why Al Harrington had such a successful season last year. Iguodala just isn’t that type of guy, which is a bit disconcerting if you ask me.
|Corey Brewer, SF 24 MIN | 3-9 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 8 PTS | -11
Corey Brewer: Great energy guy; not a great leading-role type of guy. The reason he bounced around so much after being drafted as a top 10 player in Minnesota is because his role has always been in question. But after winning a title with the Mavericks it became clear: great energy guy; not a great leading-role guy. Karl’s trying to make him the latter. Enough said.
|Jordan Hamilton, SF 3 MIN | 1-2 FG | 2-4 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 4 PTS | +4
I do not know why Jordan Hamilton isn’t seeing more time. I really don’t. Is there a reason? Is it just because he’s young? The only thing I can think of is that he’s sometimes a little reckless with his shot attempts. But at this point, he’s the perfect remedy for what the Nuggets are missing. Even if he takes several bad shots, at least he’ll be out there trying to make things happen. Plus, is there any doubt he won’t get at least 15 points if you give him ample playing time?
|JaVale McGee, C 11 MIN | 2-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 2 REB | 1 AST | 4 PTS | -9
Another dumbfounding stat line, highlighted mostly by the 11 minutes played number. You can’t do anything in 11 minutes. It was the same story last game when Hamilton started buy only played a little over 10 minutes. It’s just not enough time to do anything.
|Andre Miller, PG 21 MIN | 5-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 3 REB | 4 AST | 11 PTS | -10
I thought Miller was the other guy out there hustling, playing smart and playing good basketball in general. Even on defense he’s turned up the heat, which is a definite improvement from last year.
|Wilson Chandler, SG 19 MIN | 3-10 FG | 2-4 FT | 6 REB | 0 AST | 9 PTS | -4
Chandler is not playing in the flow of the offense right now. He’s lost. He doesn’t know when to attack and where, or how, for that matter. Everything he’s doing is off. In time he will improve but until then he should step it up on defense to make up for his wavering offensive skills.
|Evan Fournier, SG 7 MIN | 0-2 FG | 0-0 FT | 0 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | -3
Again, can’t say much here. It would have been nice to see him knock down a shot but he was playing in garbage time anyways.
When the Nuggets go to Orlando it will be a reunion of sorts. But with Al Harrington targeting a mid-December from knee surgery, Arron Afflalo is the only former teammate they’ll face on the court. It is the Magic’s opening game, and after having traded Dwight Howard, who for years has been the center of their universe, it’s really up in the air how they will look coming out of the gates.
Most analysts have predicted a (more…)
Masai Ujiri is about to get some high profile global media coverage, in what should be a very interesting in-depth profile of the Nuggets exec, his Nigerian roots, his NBA career and presumably his role as director of the Basketball Without Borders Africa camp. (more…)
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.
For the second game in a row our Rapid Reaction generator isn’t working for me. One of our writers might be able to get something up later, but in the meantime, here are some of the key things I noticed in the Nuggets season-opening loss to the Sixers…
Shortly after the big trade last August, we took a look back at a game in which Andre Iguodala and Andre Miller had helped the Philadelphia 76ers defeat the Denver Nuggets. Now it’s time for a similar retrospective of a game from a period when Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari were playing some of the best basketball of their careers: the first half of the 2010-11 season. The date was December 12, 2010, and the New York Knicks beat the Nuggets 129-125 just months before the Carmelo Anthony trade. (more…)
According to Ty Lawson himself, the young point guard and the Denver Nuggets have reportedly come to an agreement on a 4 year, $48 million extension. The extension will kick in for the 2013-14 season at which point the Nuggets will begin to feel the financial ramifications of retaining their core players at a market value level assuming of course they retain the services of Andre Igoudala beyond this season. The contract negotiations had become somewhat of a distraction according to George Karl so it is good to have that behind them prior to the start of the season.
Congratulations to Ty Lawson on converting on his tremendous athleticism and talent financially. Now we just need to see him continue to convert on those abilities on the court. Lawson is a fantastic player, but still has untapped potential.
Look for more in depth analysis on this news coming soon.
In the second half of our two season preview pieces we’re opening up the format for our writers to be more liberal with their content. This is an opportunity for them to say whatever they want in regards to the upcoming Nuggets season. As always, please chime in with your own “Roundtable Rant” in the comments section below, as we’d love to hear what’s on your mind on the eve of the 2012-13 season.
With the 2012-13 Nuggets season right around the corner it’s time for Roundball Mining Company to introduce the first of several season previews. This one comes in the form of our ongoing 5-on-5 series. Joining Charlie, Joel, Jeremy and I to make predictions and dish out opinions on the upcoming season is loyal reader, Joe Beebe. If you’d like to participate in a future 5-on-5 article remember to follow us on Twitter.