Denver Nuggets post a serious threat to Clippers in the Western Conference
The truth is that after the blockbuster trade that sent superstar Carmelo Anthony to New York, the Denver Nuggets were considered as underdogs in the West. In fact, since the trade, Denver hasn't managed to show some true signs of a team that could post a threat to the elite teams of the NBA, like Oklahoma City, Miami and the Spurs. Suddenly now, Denver has become a team that everyone wants to avoid during the playoffs.
Denver is showing the world that playing without a superstar can actually allow a team to perform better than playing with one or two. The team has managed to find a really unselfish playing style and get almost everybody involved. None of the roster members is averaging more than 17 Points Per Game and also six of them average double-digit figures in scoring throughout the season. Denver has the 3rd best offense in the NBA with just a bit over 106 PPG and they also rank 3rd in assists.
The Nuggets have recently recorded an NBA team record with 13 consecutive wins, including games against some toughest team in the league. They haven't lost a single game since February the 22nd. During their streak they have overpassed the LA Lakers and the Clippers, New York, Memphis and also they have beaten the Oklahoma City Thunder twice in a single month. Together with the Miami Heat, they are currently the hottest teams in the NBA. Just recently they have drawn much media attention and lots of analysts state that there are a bunch of teams that would rather avoid them in the Playoffs. Many consider them as top choices for the NBA Finals. The Nuggets are considered to be eligible to win it all in the West, even if they don't have players like Kevin Durant or Chris Paul. What they do have is a well-organized team with a great balance between young, energetic players, like Kenneth Faried, Gallinari and Kosta Koufos and also the veteran presence of Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala. That mixture may be the key to their success. The Nuggets have shown on court that they can reach a very high offensive pace and they can also defend really well on the other end of the floor.
Denver is just 5 games behind the 1st -seeded San Antonio Spurs. At present they rank 5th but it if they continue their winning streak, it won't be a surprise to see them finish as high as 3rd. They have recently become the nightmare of teams 0.500. Who knows where they will stop? Perhaps they manage to reach the NBA Finals for the first time since their ABA years back in 1976. The only thing that is certain is that Denver has benefited big time from the Carmelo trade, even if that sounds unorthodox.
By: Chris Michaels