Not only did forward Kenneth Faried receive the 2012-13 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, but Coach George Karl came away with the Red Auerbach Award for Coach of the Year. Not to mention, general manager Masai Ujiri‘s Executive of the Year honors was something to be proud of.
Add a tear that saw the Nuggets rip off 23 of their last 26 contests for the victory column — only trumped by the Miami Heat’s wild winning streak — and several good players in tow for the 2013-14 campaign, and the future’s looking bright.
However, the announcement of the All-NBA Defensive Team first and second-team units has drawn anger out of Nuggets fans and front office alike. Andre Iguodala‘s omission has spurred criticism from many experts, and you can count Ujiri among that group.
“It’s mind-boggling to me,” Ujiri said in a statement to The Denver Post. “I mean, when the US Olympic team enlists a defensive stopper, there is no question who they choose – Andre Iguodala. Yet, for some reason he can’t be considered one of the top-10 defensive players in the NBA? It’s just shocking that he continues to be overlooked as a world-class defender in our league. I honestly thought he should be in the conversation for defensive player of the year, let alone first or even second team all-defense.”