Denver Nuggets Eyeing 2014 NBA Draft Lottery?

By Peter Sherwill
Andrew Wiggins
Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets have had one of the most unpredictable offseasons in franchise history.

They have had total turnover in their front office and on the bench, after Masai Ujiri departed for the Toronto Raptors and George Karl was fired. The Nuggets hired a couple of first-timers to replace them in Tim Connelly and Brian Shaw and look to be going with a youth movement.

Denver has also had tremendous turnover in the locker room, losing two starters in Andre Iguodala and Kosta Koufos and a key reserve, Corey Brewer. They have also made a series of head-scratching acquisitions of veteran players that seem to contradict the youth movement that they have publicly preached.

For example, the Nuggets signed Nate Robinson to a two-year deal this week despite drafting point guard Erick Green in June who happened to lead the NCAA in scoring last season. So much for the youngsters this season.

One theory that has been making the rounds is that the Nuggets are looking to focus on building for the future this season. Some would go as far as to say that Denver will attempt to outright tank their season in hopes of landing the No. 1 draft pick in next spring’s lottery.

It is hard to imagine a Nuggets team that won a franchise record number of games last season as purposely blowing the whole thing up. However, for a team in a smaller market such as Denver, that may be the only legitimate hope of landing a legitimate star in the NBA, as all of the top talents have flocked to the large cities on either coast.

Denver most likely will not purposely tank their season, but they will likely be instituting all new offensive and defensive schemes under Shaw, including some elements from the triangle offense.

The triangle is a complicated system that takes at least one season to fully put into place. With that said, the Nuggets may consider this a lost season necessary in building toward the future and the ultimate goal of bringing an NBA championship to Denver. They will also be rolling the dice in hopes that they will be a lottery team in what is considered the deepest draft in a decade with the ultimate prize being Andrew Wiggins.

Peter Sherwill is a Denver Nuggets writer for Follow him on Twitter @PeterSherwill or add him to your network on Google

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