Nuggets Stay Hot With Ninth Straight Win
The Denver Nuggets are undoubtedly the hottest team right now in the NBA. A few weeks ago, this team was 24-18 and looking to stay in contention for the playoffs as the Western Conference is a tough ticket. Now, they sit at 33-18 after their win against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday, improving their win streak to nine.
It’s easy to see why this team is so successful: they play as a team. The chemistry on this team is unlike any other in the league as they seem to play together better than any team.
An easy barometer for how well they play as a team is their assist numbers. They average 24 assists per game which is the second-best mark in the league while also grabbing the second most rebounds per game (45.4) and scoring the third most points per game in the league (104.8).
George Karl has his Nuggets playing together like an orchestra and that is leading many people to believe that this team is for real.
This is the Nuggets longest winning streak since 2005 when they won 10 straight. They have also won 15 of the past 17 games since starting the season 18-16 and looking like an average team at best.
They have been one of the league’s best teams for the past few seasons and this may come as a shock to people because many thought they would be nothing after Carmelo Anthony left.
However, a wealth of new talent has taken to the courts in Denver. Kenneth Faried is one of the best young forwards in the league and his near double-double average is good enough to earn more playing time each game.
Danilo Gallinari has been a pleasant surprise for this team, leading in points per game with 17.1 and Andre Iguodala was a big off-season acquisition that has helped this team with a veteran presence.
There’s no telling where this team will end up by the end of the season, but for right now, the Nuggets look like a serious contender.