At the 2013 NBA Summer League, Denver Nuggets veteran guard Andre Miller did an interview with an NBA TV crew that left Nuggets fans frustrated. When asked if the Nuggets would win 57 games again in 2013-14, Miller responded “Naw, you know that ain’t gonna happen again.”
While Miller may have seemed harsh, he’s very realistic.
In the 2013 offseason, the Nuggets lost GM of the Year Masai Ujiri to the Toronto Raptors, fired NBA Coach of the Year George Karl and lost elite defender Andre Igoudala to the Golden State Warriors in free agency.
Josh Kroenke stepped-in as the new Nuggets GM shortly after Ujiri bolted. The new GM has taken a lot of flack in the offseason for firing Karl — as he should. Karl left the Nuggets with the second-most wins in franchise history by a head coach with a record of 423-257.
Kroenke hired first-year coach Brian Shaw to replace Karl. Shaw, a three-time NBA champion, spent last season as an assistant coach to Frank Vogel on the Indiana Pacers. The former Phil Jackson prodigy has a lot to prove when it comes to his coaching abilities. The new coach will have a ton of pressure on him to fill Karl’s shoes.
The Nuggets have hardly addressed the need for a 2-guard to replace Iguodala. The team did trade for guard Randy Foye in the Iguodala deal. However, while Foye will provide more consistent 3-point shooting, he will lack in Iguodala’s defensive abilities.
The team has rumored to be in contact with free agents Nate Robinson and Brandon Jennings. Both players would provide the Nuggets with more depth off the bench. Maybe if the Nuggets make another signing, Miller will have a change of heart.