The Denver Nuggets have struggled to get over the hump in the Western Conference and plant themselves firmly in the picture for the 2014 NBA Playoffs this season, but they also have too much talent and have played too well to end up in the quagmire at the bottom of the conference and league.
Not much has gone as planned in Denver, which hasn’t helped their cause. Brian Shaw’s system is still a work-in-progress in terms of being fully instituted and run effective with this team. The Andre Miller fiasco still looms large over this team. Also, a recent injury to Nate Robinson leaves their backcourt a bit depleted.
However, one of the biggest blows to this team has been the fact that they haven’t had center JaVale McGee for much time at all this season. After playing only five games, McGee was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his left leg. The Nuggets have been awaiting his return, especially since he figured to be a key cog in their rotation this season.
That return might not happen this year, though. According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, McGee’s injury hasn’t healed properly and the 26-year-old is in danger of missing the entire season. What’s worse is that McGee would be the third key rotation player to be done for the year, joining Robinson and the sweet-shooting Danilo Gallinari.
Wojnarowski says that the Nuggets will make a decision on McGee’s future for this year over the next few days, but the signs aren’t looking promising. McGee has shown promise in Denver and the prospects of him developing under Shaw, a coach who has been around for the development of strong big men like Roy Hibbert, left many optimistic. It seems as if Denver will have to continue trying to break through without the idiosyncratic big man, though.