The Denver Nuggets are heading into this season with Mile High Hopes and for good reason. With nearly an entirely retained core, an All-Star addition, and another year of growth for its’ youngsters, this group seems poised to make a huge jump.
Sometimes the toughest hump to get over is gaining the mental confidence to do so. Not winning can create lost confidence. That’s clearly not an issue in Denver, though.
We have seen players express confidence in the team in a sensical way, such as Jamal Murray:
We ain't lookin at the last spot 😤 #Nuggets— Jamal Murray (@BeMore27) August 9, 2017
We have also seen other players tip the scale of insanity:
Whether Darrell Arthur will actually have any impact on the Nuggets chances to contend will be left alone. We are here to support our fellow Nuggets players but his 15 minutes per game doesn’t have a high chance of increasing with the team’s added depth.
Worst Case Scenario: Darrell Arthur eats his words like Derrick Rose did after last season.
Remember when Derrick Rose called the Knicks a super team? Life comes at you fast pic.twitter.com/ACOGoA22eY— Adam Morrison (@bmorr15) March 31, 2017
But here’s why this won’t happen to the Nuggets: It is nothing like last year’s New York Knicks team. That team’s starting lineup was supposed to contain two players past their prime due to injuries in Rose and Joakim Noah. It also had a shooting guard in Courtney Lee who, with all due respect, is a pretty average starter at best. Not to mention New York’s front office was an absolute mess with constant distractions.
A Very Bright Future
It’s not hard to see why this “super team” finished with 31 wins. With a competent front office, the Nuggets seem to be in good hands. And get this, every one of the team’s projected starters, with the exception of Jamal Murray only being a rookie last year, is coming off a season that saw career-highs in scoring. It’s pretty safe to say that all of them could improve upon these averages again, too. Its’ youth definitely separates it from last year’s Knicks.
Denver also doesn’t seem as prone to the injury bug. As valuable as Danilo Gallinari was to the team, his inability to stay on the court for a full season made him tough to rely on. Without him going down and mixing up the lineups, the Nuggets have some much needed stability.
Whether you call it confidence or ignorance, the Nuggets players are stepping in the right direction by believing in themselves. It figures to have one of the league’s top offenses this year and should manage to sit high in the Western Conference standings quickly.
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