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NBA Season Preview: Denver Nuggets

Dec 15, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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2010-11 record: 50-32

Head Coach: George Karl

Key Departures: Raymond Felton, Gary Forbes, and the three guys on an extended Chinese vacation — J.R. Smith, Wilson Chandler, Kenyon Martin

Key Additions: Rudy Fernandez, Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried. They also kept Nene, which seemed unlikely at points but makes this team much, much better.

Best-Case Scenario: The Nuggets somehow overcome the loss of Felton and the exodus of Smith, Chandler, and Martin to China, keep playing with the same offensive and defensive efficiency that they played with after the Carmelo trade last season, and make a deep playoff run in the shark tank that is the Western Conference.

More likely scenario: You can’t keep losing talent — your best talent — and still win. The Nuggets have a respectable season and sneak into the playoffs, but don’t come all that close to making it out of the first round.

Prediction: 40-45 wins

  1. rushbacker - Dec 15, 2011 at 6:51 PM

    Now that’s what I call in-depth analysis. . .

    *rolls eyes*

  2. motobus - Dec 15, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    You’re predicting 40-45 wins out of 66 games?

  3. kyleortonsarm - Dec 16, 2011 at 12:55 AM

    I predict an undefeated season and a complete sweep in all playoff series culminating to a title win over the Knicks.

    • Josh Perez - Dec 16, 2011 at 8:01 AM

      My prediction is the same except I see then in the finals with Cleveland.

  4. passerby23 - Dec 16, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Losing 50% of their team and they’re going to win 40-45 games? Forget about it. This team will plummet, grab a lottery pick, and wait for the talent in China to rejoin the team next season.

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