NBA Power Rankings: Denver Nuggets Rank 15th Heading Into 2014-15′ Season


Oct 8, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets guard Arron Afflalo (10) shoots the ball during the first half against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014-15′ National Basketball Association season is set to begin Tuesday night with the Dallas Mavericks taking on the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. The Denver Nuggets on the other hand begin the NBA season Wednesday night at home against the Detroit Pistons.

Which leads to the discussion, where would you rank the Denver Nuggets heading into the 2014-15′ campaign? I for one am excited to see this team play with a healthy roster and believe they will contend in the tough Western Conference. Last season wasn’t pretty by any means due to the injuries which sidelined key players Danilo Gallinari (ACL), JaVale McGee (tibia), Nate Robinson (ACL), J.J. Hickson (ACL), and heck, Ty Lawson and Wilson Chandler even missed quite some time. So without further or do, here’s where I’ll rank the Nuggets heading into the new season.

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Ranking Denver 15th overall in the power-rankings right now is a good start for them. Don’t be shocked if they get off to a bit of a slow start with new and old faces returning to the rotation. Denver’s season will likely depend on the health of PG Ty Lawson — who had career highs in points (17.6) and assists (8.8) during the 2013-14′ season.

Here’s how I’ll rank the rest of the teams entering the 2014-15′ season.

1. San Antonio Spurs
2. Cleveland Cavaliers
3. Chicago Bulls
4. Los Angeles Clippers
5. Portland Trailblazers
6. Golden State Warriors
7. Dallas Mavericks
8. Oklahoma City Thunder
9. Memphis Grizzlies
10. Toronto Raptors
11. Washington Wizards
12. Houston Rockets
13. Phoenix Suns
14. Charlotte Hornets
15. Denver Nuggets
16. Miami Heat
17. Atlanta Hawks
18. New Orleans Pelicans
19. Brooklyn Nets
20. Detroit Pistons
21. New York Knicks
22. Sacramento Kings
23. Indiana Pacers
24. Los Angeles Lakers
25. Boston Celtics
26. Utah Jazz
27. Milwaukee Bucks
28. Minnesota Timberwolves
29. Orlando Magic
30. Philadelphia 76ers

Don’t forget, tip-off between the Detroit Pistons and Denver Nuggets is scheduled for 9:00 PM EST, 7:00 PM MST Wednesday night at the Pepsi Center.