After the acquisition of Andre Iguodala this offseason, there was a lot of hype surrounding the Denver Nuggets as a Western Conference powerhouse. So while coming out of the gate on a 4-4 record with an offense that’s ranking just 16th in offensive efficiency compared to 3rd last seasons has fallen short of early expectations, this team is still the most talented roster in the NBA top to bottom.
So talented in fact it’s bolstering four of its five starters and a key reserve in this years All-star balloting. They include Nuggets floor generals Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. forwards Danilo Gallinari and Kenneth Faried, and a first time All-star last season in Andre Iguodala.
Lawson, fresh off a breakout campaign last season, is hardly disappointing eight games into the season. as he’s averaging 13.5 points, 7.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game. He currently ranks 6th in assists and 6th in steals among point guards.
Miller has continues to be a wily vet off the bench for the Nuggets in his 14th season. He’s averaging 9.4 points, 5.3 assists, and about a highlight worthy lob to teammate JaVale McGee per game.
Gallinari, who was widely considered as a top-tier candidate for the game last season, is currently averaging 14 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists.
Faried is undoubtedly the impactful player on the the Nuggets roster in my mind. He’s currently in a four game stretch in which he’s recorded a double-double and is leading the team in rebounding. “The Manimal” ranks 8th in rebounds per game, 2nd in offensive rebounds(5.4), and ranks 22nd among all players in PER.
Iguodala is currently the Nuggets leading scorer and is fresh off his first all-star selection. He’s posted an exception 15.4 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 4.1 assists so far this season. However, his biggest impact has been defensively as he’s single-handedly reshaping the defensive culture in Denver and is averaging over a steal and a block per game.
All-Star voting began Tuesday and will be running through Jan. 14th. You can vote by simply visiting NBA.com or by voting for one player per day on twitter using the hashtag #NBABALLOT.