NBA Fantasy Basketball Draft News 10-21-2015

Denver Nuggets Still a Long Way from Contending for a Playoff Spot in the West

The Denver Nuggets finished off play in the 2014-15 campaign with a mark of 30-52. They missed the playoffs as the 12th seed in the Western conference and were 15 games back of the eighth seeded New Orleans Pelicans for the final playoff spot. Denver has one of the best home court advantages in the NBA as they play in high altitude but their home record was just 19-22. It is a huge advantage over Eastern conference teams who only play at Denver and have to get accumulated with the high altitude just once per year. The team struggled offensively last year as they shot just 43.3% from the floor ranking 26th in the league and was 28th in the NBA from the three point line by hitting 32.5% from beyond the arc. The defense was poor as well a season ago with Denver allowing 105 points a game which is 27th and fourth worst in the NBA plus allowed 45.8% from the field which ranked 25th in field goal defense. Former Sacramento Kings head coach Mike Malone takes over for the Nuggets. He did not last long at Sacramento as he lasted one year and 24 games of his second season. Malone improved the play of the Kings last year but the improvement he made on defense made the offense slow down which didn’t sit too well in a small market that needs to sell tickets. Now this begs the question. Will Malone’s style fit the running style that should be played in Denver to take advantage of a home court that sits in high altitude? Denver was a lottery team and had the seventh pick in the draft and selected Emmanuel Mudiay a 19 year old point guard who didn’t play college and went right into pro basketball in China.

Denver Nuggets PG:

Emmanuel Mudiay

The NBA rookie has already been pegged on the depth chart as the starting point guard. He has pro experience in China and it will be interesting to see if other stars in high school makes the jump oversees to play for pay. Late in the preseason he has averaged 40% shooting with 33.3% from three and is dishing six assists. He has put up 15 points a game late in the preseason but is averaging a very high four turnovers. He had 22 points in 31 minutes in a road preseason game on October 18th at Oklahoma City.

Denver Nuggets SG:

Randy Foye

The 32 year much traveled shooting guard enters his third season with the Nuggets. He has been around for much of the losing the past two seasons with the club. Last year in 50 games Foye averaged nearly 9 points a game and shot 36% from the floor plus 35.7% from three point range. Foye can be trusted in late game situations because he is good free throw shooter.

Denver Nuggets PF:

Kenneth Faried

The Brian Shaw head coaching era was horrible. No player suffered statistically and motivationally more than Kenneth Faried. This young player was on the path to a very good professional career but clashed with Shaw’s poor system that took away the teams running style. The running style was a perfect fit for Faried as he outran opposing centers down court for fast break opportunities and got back fast on defense. That edge was gone with Shaw as head coach.

Denver Nuggets SF:

Wilson Chandler

Still only 28 but it seems he is a lot older. This will be his fourth full season with the Nuggets. A season ago Chandler averaged 14 points and shot 43% from the field in 78 games. As an added bonus Chandler will give fantasy owners an average of six rebounds and two assists per game.

Denver Nuggets C:

Jusuf Nurkic

The seven-footer enters his second year in the league. Last year he averaged 7 points and six rebounds per game in nearly 18 minutes of play. He will return to the Nuggets in November after going through knee surgery in May.

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