5 Reasons Why Denver Nuggets Will Win 2013-14 NBA Title
Top 5 Reasons Why the Denver Nuggets Will Win the 2013-2014 NBA Title
As the NBA season begins this evening, there's a lot of talk about the Miami Heat, Chicago Bulls, Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Clippers and Houston Rockets. But one of the contenders that they might not mention is the Denver Nuggets.
With the fourth-best regular season record in the entire league last season, the Nuggets are consistently overlooked as a powerhouse in the West. With a young squad of up-and-coming stars, the NBA needs to be put on notice.
Most analysts will say they won't succeed because they don't have a star player who scores over 20 points a game, however, can't they use that to their advantage? Last season, they had six players average in double-digits, which is tied for third highest in the NBA.
But the Nuggets have always been a consistent contender in the West, as they have been at least 10 games over .500 for the past seven seasons. Unfortunately, they have only made it past the first round of the playoffs in one of those seven.
With the new additions of Randy Foye, J.J. Hickson and Nate Robinson, the Nuggets could learn to transfer their regular season success into the postseason. For Foye, Hickson and Robinson are seasoned vets who have the experience and talent to make something happen when the season is on the line.
This could be a big year for the Nuggs to prove themselves amongst the elite and defy all odds by ousting the big dogs in the West and bringing home a championship to the city of Denver.
The Denver Nuggets boast one of the youngest teams in the entire NBA, having only have one player over the age of 30. Now this can be seen as a plus or a minus for this squad. Some may see the inexperience as a fault, but I see it as an opportunity. This is an opportunity for the Nuggs to show the rest of the league that their squad of 20 something's are a forced to be reckoned with.
No. 4-Letting Go of Andre Iguodala
Now there will be some of you who may argue against this point, but I feel that letting go of Andre Iguodala is a huge plus for the Denver Nuggets. Iguodala, who was supposed to be the leader of the team in the first round of the playoffs last season, only scored over 20 pints in two of the six playoff games, in which the Golden State Warriors beat the Nuggs. In fact, he only eclipsed 20 points in 10 of 82 games last season with Denver, staking a case for his place in mediocrity. His departure will also give Wilson Chandler the opportunity to shine, who had 11 games in which he scored over 20 points, two of which he eclipsed 30 points (which Iguodala failed to do all of last season), and he did so in half as many games. Sweet sailing, Iggy.
No. 3-Brian Shaw
It's hard to believe that George Karl left the Nuggets after winning Coach of the Year last season, but the Nuggs should be excited about new head coach Brian Shaw. He has been a part of some of the best teams in basketball the past few seasons, spending tenures with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2005-2011 and Indiana Pacers from 2011-2013 as an assistant coach. As a part of the Lakers back-to-back title runs, Shaw worked under legendary coach Phil Jackson, while also helping the Pacers become the second-best team in the East last season; which are all apart of this young man's stunning resume. The Nuggs truly may have found a gem in Shaw.
No. 2-Home Court Advantage
With the best home record in the entire league last season, the Denver Nuggets have a real chance to make a stake as one the best teams in the West this season. Posting an incredible 38 wins to only three loses at home last season, the Nuggs made the Pepsi Center one place in the league no one else wanted to visit. And if the Nuggets can continue to make their home court a fortress, they will be extremely difficult to defeat in the Mile High City this season.
No. 1-Ty Lawson & Kenneth Faried
Truly, these two superstars are the heart and soul of this franchise. Ty Lawson has become the leader of this team with his incredible passing and clutch baskets when they need him the most. Kenneth Faried has become one of the most ferocious rebounders in the league who is the verge of averaging a double-double per game. If these two can continue to improve their skill sets, we could see two All Stars on this team come February. And if these two can rise to the occasion and become the stars that only they know they can be, watch out. For the Nuggets will be the team to beat, not only in the Western Conference, but in the entire league.