Denver Nuggets: 5 Players Who Need To Step Up For The Team
5 Players Who Need To Help The Nuggets This Season
The Denver Nuggets had one of their best seasons as a team. They went 57-25 in the regular season, but lost to the Golden State Warriors in the postseason 4-2, which led to the firing of George Karl and the hiring of Brian Shaw. With a rookie head coach, you have to wonder just how good the Nuggets can be this season.
This offseason, the Nuggets lost Andre Iguodala, but they signed Nate Robinson, who can come off the bench and score with the best of them. The only thing different is that Nate isn’t anywhere near the defensive player Iguodala is, so only time will tell if that’ll hurt Denver in the long run. Even with the loss of Andre, the Nuggets were able to maintain the majority of their core, which will be great for them considering they were one of the deeper teams in the league and their scoring was extremely balanced.
With the likes of Robinson, Ty Lawson, Andre Miller and Randy Foye manning the back court, and Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari (when he returns from injury) controlling the wing position, Kenneth Faried needs to be the man in the paint for the Nuggets. Faried almost averaged a double double for the Nuggets last year with 11.5 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. If Kenneth can improve on those numbers, it would do a whole lot towards helping the Nuggets get even better this year. With all that said, if Faried and these other four players can step up this season for the Nuggets, they’re going to be hard to beat again this year.
5. Wilson Chandler
Wilson Chandler was very productive last year coming off the bench of the Nuggets. He quietly averaged the same amount of points per game that Andre Iguodala did, which is very impressive. This year though, he may end up starting early in the year due to Danilo Gallinari's injury. This means Chandler needs to start he season off on the right foot and if he can do that, he'll be helping the Nuggets from day one.
4. Nate Robinson
Although he may be often over the top with his antics, there is one thing you can't deny: Nate Robinson can ball. The acquisition of Nate not only makes the Nuggets a deeper team, but it also helps out the veteran Andre Miller. Robinson will likely take some of Miller's playing time, but that just mean Andre will be fresher when the Nuggets call upon him. Nate coming off the bench and scoring in bunches will help the Nuggets this season.
3. Danilo Gallinari
He most likely won't be back until December, but if the Nuggets aren't doing as well as they'd like, it'll be a blessing when Gallinari steps back on the court. He is a great free throw shooter and is a sharpshooter from downtown, and if Danilo can come back at the level he's played in the past few years, he'll do nothing but help improve the Nuggets as soon as he's back.
2. Ty Lawson
A career-high in points and assists per game, a career-low in field goal and free throw percentage, and tying his career low in 3-point percentage describes Ty Lawson's 2012-13 NBA season. Lawson needs to get it all together and he will help the Nuggets even more this season than he did last season.
1. Kenneth Faried
Faried has the tendencies to be a freak of nature if he puts his mind to it, but there's still things he can do to help the Nuggets. The Nuggets can help him with this by giving him more minutes a game. That would help Faried get his scoring up a bit and would give him a great chance at averaging a double double. Faried just needs to improve his shooting percentages from both the field and the free throw line, and that will go a long way in making the Nuggets a better team.