The Denver Nuggets didn’t have exactly the year that they were hoping for in the 2013-14 NBA season. In fact, you could say that they had the polar opposite of the season they had to be expecting after the success they enjoyed in the prior season. With a season under Brian Shaw in the books, though, the Nuggets had to look at this offseason as a chance to return to prominence.
Despite the opportunities that this offseason held, though, and the fact that it looked like the Nuggets could be big movers—on the trade market at least—they were actually relatively silent thus far this summer and their roster looks much similar to what it did last season.
Though the Nuggets weren’t the most active team on the trade market like some people may have expected them to be, they did pull off one of the first trades of the offseason. Denver acquired Arron Afflalo from the Orlando Magic in exchange for Evan Fournier and second-round pick in this year’s draft. The interesting part of the trade is that the Magic are getting Afflalo after they were the ones to deal him not too long ago.
Sticking with trades that the Nuggets made this summer, Denver was also dealing on draft night. The Nuggets sent the 11th pick (Doug McDermott) along with Anthony Randolph to the Chicago Bulls in return for the 16th (Jusuf Nurkic) and 19th (Gary Harris) picks. Nurkic is raw with a ton of potential and Harris is a potential dead-eye shooter who could fall in line behind Afflalo in the rotation. The Nuggets later selected Nikola Jokic, a curious pick considering the Nurkic selection in the first round.
On the open market in Free Agency, Denver really didn’t cause much of a commotion at all. They were able to re-sign Darrell Arthur and Nate Robinson this summer, but also lost Aaron Brooks. Those re-signings really don’t serve to do much for Denver outside of just filling in the role players on their roster.
There is talent dispersed throughout the roster of the Nuggets and it’s no secret that this team can run and produce a lot of excitement. The key for them heading into the 2014-15 season, though, is to find the happy medium between what Shaw had them unsuccessfully running last season and the run-and-gun tactics that were prevalent in Denver prior to Shaw’s arrival. Though the offseason is important, those are the factors that will most heavily influence the level of success Denver has this year.
Final Grade: D