Some of my work from Fly Magazine

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nuggets going with new trend: Character players



Long gone are the days of the "Denver Thuggets" who stood two games away from the NBA finals.

Ok the Nuggets tried the street route with Allen Iverson, Kenyon Martin, Carmelo, Birdman, J.R. Smith.

The signing of Wilson Chandler today by Nuggets brass shows they are committed to character more than pure talent. The move could pay off in the long term.

Read my blog about the Broncos during week 3. I don't wanna brag, but I told you so.

With the emergence of great draft picks like Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, the Nuggets are stacked not only with talent but character.

Right now.. Lawson, Galo, Mozgov, Faried, Afflalo, Chandler and newly aquired Javale McGee are locked into long term contracts. With Harrington, Miller, Anderson, Fernandez and Brewer locked in for the playoffs.

The biggest problem for George Karl is that he has too many weapons. Something he is not typically good at managing.

My biggest grip with Karl has always been that he does not have the right lineups playing in the late games of the playoffs.

I mean let's go back to game 3 of the WCF against the lakers and the insertion of Anthony Carter to throw the ball in. Carter should be banned from Denver forever for that pass. If not for that play the Nuggets could have been up 2-1. The following game he allow the dumbass Kenyon Martin to fall into the same exact play.

To win a Championship you must have 8 players with significant talents. Starting five, a good back up point guard, a tweener Big man who can guard 4's or 5's, and a wild card player.

Right now the starting Ideally would be

Lawson, Afflalo, Galo, Faried, Mozgov.
insert
Miller/pg
harrington/ tweener big man
Chandler - wild Card

with a 9man rotation of Anderson/Fernandez/Brewer depending on the opponent and you have a bad ass playoff line up.

Hopefully Karl can get the most out of this lineup and the Nugz can make a deep Playoff run. If not... We will be in the playoffs every year for the next 5 anyway.

Carmelo resurrected the franchise and he was my favorite player, but what he did by leaving us was better than anything he could have done in a Nuggets uniform. Thanks Melo

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