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New Look Nuggets

August 21, 2012

The Dwight Howard trade saw so many different scenarios in the last 10 months who knew what teams would end up being involved in a trade, if it were to happen. Well when drama finally ended in Orlando the Denver Nuggets turned out to be one of the winners of the deal. The trade involving the Lakers, 76ers, Nuggets, and Magic sent Dwight Howard, Chris Duhon, and Earl Clark to the Lakers. Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson to the Magic, Andre Iguodala to the Nuggets, and the Magic receiving Aaron Afflalo, Al Harrington, Moe Harkless, Josh McRoberts, Nikola Vucevic, and Chrisian Eyenga.

With the Nuggets landing AI they may have found that player that can help them advance past the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. The Nuggets have been a .500 team and have had numerous runs into the postseason but have always ran into those teams that have an elite player they can’t stop or contend with. Well with the addition of AI in Denver the future for this team is as bright as ever, with AI striving in a fast paced, run and gun offense. The style of play for the Nuggets is an up and down style and they have been one of the highest scoring teams in the league the last few years with PG Ty Lawson setting the tone. AI also is familiar with backup PG for the Nuggets Andre Miller from their playing days in Philadelphia.

With this addition the Nuggets will look to be a top 4 team in the West this season and try to get over that first round struggle that manages to find them in the playoffs and take the season out of their hands. If the Nuggets can get home court advantage next season they hold a much stronger chance to advance in the playoffs, and the addition of AI will be that player they need to win games in late gametime situations. With 2 main players out of the rotation from last year and 1 key one added the Coach Karl should be able to solidify a solid 10 man rotation that can keep up with the best in the West.

I look for the Nuggets to fast break as much as possible next year while playing good solid team defense. They have a shut down defender in AI and have all the other pieces a team needs to make a deep playoff run. Denver Nuggets fans should be excited for what the 2012-13 season has in store for the fans and they hold a strong chance of turning some heads in the NBA this regular season and most importantly in the postseason.

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