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Denver Nuggets: 5 Reasons Why Your Favorite Team Will Suck in 2013-14

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Five Reasons Why The Nuggets Will Suck

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The Denver Nuggets stunned the Western Conference last season as they ended up with the third seed, showing an up-tempo style that was very attractive to see. They entered the playoffs as title contenders, but they couldn’t show the same effectiveness in the postseason and ended up suffering a quick exit.

That has been the Nuggets’ story in recent years. They were always able to play good basketball in the regular season and enter the playoffs with great chances to contend, only to suffer one disappointment after another.

It’s safe to say that even thought the Nuggets are probably going to the playoffs once again in 2013-14, they won’t be able to repeat their successes.

The loss of their head coach and the departure of their most experienced player will prove to be too much for a team that relied on their home-court advantage to have solid years. They are now left with a new coach and a new system in an improving West that saw teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Los Angeles Clippers get more dangerous, while usual title contenders like the Oklahoma City Thunder, the San Antonio Spurs and even the Memphis Grizzlies remain as threats to make deep postseason runs once it’s all said and done.

There are five reasons why the Denver Nuggets won’t be able to reach their expectations for this upcoming season. Whether they are issues on or off the court, join me through this slideshow so we can check them one by one.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google

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5. Lack of an on-court leader

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Ty Lawson isn’t ready to take over this team yet, and Danilo Gallinari doesn’t seem like the type of player that can led a team to a Championship run. The Nuggets need a player they can turn to in difficult game situations and that already has the experience in the league as a leader. They had it last year with Andre Iguodala and his departure will prove to be key for this Denver franchise.

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4. Lack of development of young players

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Kenneth Faried aside, it doesn’t seem like the young players could be decisive for the Nuggets this season. Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller haven’t shown much yet, Jordan Hamilton needs to be a more consistent shooter and Timofey Mozgov hasn’t developed the way many expected to. These role players need to step their game up if the Nuggets want to maintain a relevant spot in the West this season.

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3. JaVale McGee

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JaVale McGee must be one of the most gifted players in the league in terms of potential. However, some of his acts on the court say otherwise. Unless McGee matures and becomes a positive influence for this team, he will be one of the main reasons why the Nuggets won’t be able to reach the expectations they have for this upcoming year.

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2. Absence of a superstar

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The Nuggets have very good players in Kenneth Faried, Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and J.J. Hickson, but they don’t have a proven superstar that can change the course of a game or even lead the team in difficult situations. All the teams they will go against in the West have one, and while that might not be a factor on the regular season, it could end up being key during the playoffs.

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1. George Karl's Departure

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The biggest loss for the Nuggets franchise wasn’t on the court. The exit of George Karl will be key for this team going forward as he was able to do a whole lot without a roster made to contend. It remains to be seen if Brian Shaw can replicate the success of recent years, but it seems very unlikely.