It’s time for the Denver Nuggets to turn the page and start over


After watching this same Denver Nuggets team achieve 57 wins under head coach George Karl back in 2012, people had nothing by high-hopes for this club like myself entering the 2014-15 season. The injury-riddled 2013-14 season was one to forget, but who knew we would nearly get the same results. Granted, Denver has been competitive in these games at least, but they still lack that go-to-scorer late into games – something you need in today’s NBA. Sitting at a record of just 10-15, something needs to be done with this club.

James Harden is a prime example of a go-to-scorer. He torched the Denver Nuggets last night, scoring a game-high 41 points on 11-of-21 shooting. Not only was he efficient from the field, but he made it look easy getting the line. Harden is one of the best foul creators in the league – if that makes any sense to you. He commits what look to be offensive fouls, but the refs grant him the benefit of the doubt. Something you saw when Carmelo Anthony was here in Denver. Harden went 18-of-21 from the line while Denver shot just a total of 18-of-23.

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I wouldn’t so much put the blame on Brian Shaw as I did earlier in the season, but this has to go on the players. Looking at it now after watching nearly 25 regular-season games, he doesn’t have much to work with in terms of rotations. Danilo Gallinari is not the same player he once was. Nate Robinson has provided nearly nothing off the bench. Kenneth Faried is still a defensive liability and shows up on occasional nights. JaVale McGee continues to nurse an injury which prevents him from backing-up  his contract. Timofey Mozgov is an average center at best. Darrell Arthur is a hit-or-miss type of player.

The only players you can be happy about are Wilson Chandler, Ty Lawson, and Arron Afflalo. First of all, Denver would be a lottery team without Wilson Chandler and Arron Afflalo for sure. All three of these players are hovering around the 15.0 points per game line while Lawson is averaging a career-best 10.6 assists per contest.

It’s time to start over. The formula for this team is just not working, whichever way you spin it. It’s not a formula that wins a championship, although I was hoping so at the beginning of the season. There are too many inconsistent players to provide a playoff run.

How about paying Kenneth Faried a four-year, $50-million extension prior to the season? That turned out real well. The forward is averaging just 11.0 points, 6.8 rebounds (career-low), and just 0.5 blocks (also a career-low). That’s exactly what I want to see out of guy who is essentially the face of the franchise.

Whether you like it or not, it’s time to start over in the Mile High City. There are simply too many inconsistencies surrounding the team, whether it’s offensive, defensive, or even inbounding the ball.