Monday, September 05, 2005

Offseason Overview: Denver Nuggets

That went pretty well, right? I mean, the Nuggets posted their highest win total in over 15 years in 2004, got over 60 games from the oft-injured Marcus Camby, and shocked the Spurs with a Game 1 victory in their playoff series – before losing the next four. Nonetheless, last year has to be looked at as a success. Unfortunately, the offseason has not seen much action whatsoever. Desperately needing a solid SG, the Nuggets couldn’t come up with one. Most recently they failed to land Michael Finley, but still, this is a pretty solid team, with a crowded front-court, which is always good for fantasy purposes, and a crowded point guard spot, which is usually bad for fantasy purposes.

The stud: Carmelo Anthony, SF
It’s fair to say that it was a pretty rough year for Carmelo Anthony. Between the pot bust, the Stop Snitching DVD, and the attempted extortion (of Carmelo, not by Carmelo), he certainly had a lot to deal with off the court. And it showed – sort of – on the court. He had slight dips in just about every category, and was surpassed by Dwayne Wade as the 2nd best player to come out of the 2003 draft. That said, he still put up over 20 ppg and 5 boards, and could be slightly undervalued this year. He’s a nice guy to target in the 4th or 5th round.

The support: Marcus Camby, C
Could things be turning around for Camby? His games played the last 2 years – 72 in ’03-’04, and 66 last year – are the 2 highest totals of his career. His 199 blocked shots last year led the league by a pretty large margin, and he contributed a double-double, as well. If he could be counted on for 65-70 games again this year, he’s a top-5 center. Draft at your own risk.

The supporting support: Kenyon Martin, PF
At this point, you have a pretty good idea what you’re going to get from K-mart. About 15 points, 8 boards, a block, a steal, decent FG%, poor FT%, and 5-15 missed games. He’s solid roster filler, and a nice mid-round pick.

The sleeper: Julius Hodge, G
Remember how I said that the Nuggets couldn’t come up with a SG in the offseason? That’s only partially true. They did draft Julius Hodge, a little-bit-of-everything player from NC State, who given the chance could step in and be a nice player this year at the 2 spot. He’s not worth drafting, but he’s certainly worth keeping an eye on.

The slacker: Andre Miller, PG
It’s time to face the facts. And the facts are that Andre Miller is never going to recreate the 10.7 assists that he logged during that magical season in Cleveland. And now that he’s losing time at the point to Earl Boykins (he’s still seeing a lot of time at the 2), he will probably not reach 7 assists anytime soon. He’s no longer a top PG, and in fact I wouldn’t draft him unless you’re doing so as a 2nd PG.

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