Denver Nuggets have officially reached rock bottom


Lets face it, the Denver Nuggets have officially reached rock bottom with their most recent loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. Denver suffered an embarrassing home loss Tuesday night in which they rarely ever used to lose at home, now it’s starting to become a common outcome. Denver fell to 13-19 on the season after losing to the Lakers (10-22) at the Pepsi Center, dropping their home record to 9-8 on the season. Just two years ago under head coach George Karl, the run-and-gun Nuggets lost just three games at home with a record of 38-3.

The first problem with this team was letting George Karl go. How often do you see a franchise in any sport release a head coach after winning coach of the year? Not many. Letting Masai Ujiri walk wasn’t such a great idea either as he has turned around the team up in Toronto. Denver wanted to shift the culture by bringing in more of a half-court styled offense with this roster, but that has been a complete disaster. I personally believe it doesn’t fall on Brian Shaw as head coach, but this roster certainly doesn’t fit what he wants to do.

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Another problem with this club is the roster itself and staying healthy. How many times have the Nuggets been short-handed the past two years? Too many times. Just recently, Wilson Chandler has been sidelined after taking a knee to the quad. Darrell Arthur has been day-to-day after suffering a leg injury. Danilo Gallinari was just recently diagnosed with a meniscus tear in his right knee and has been ruled out indefinitely. JaVale McGee will miss significant time after suffering another leg injury. Ty Lawson always seems to be banged up as well.

Nuggets owner Stan Kroenke and general manager Tim Connelly need to realize that this team isn’t capable of capturing a playoff seed in the Western Conference. There are simply too many inconsistencies surrounding this club. Sure they have a few good pieces (Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Arron Afflalo), but you can’t win games giving up nearly 104.5 points per game – 28th in the NBA. It also doesn’t help your cause when your team shoots 43.0% (26th) and 31.6% (29th) from the field.

Simple solution for the Nuggets? Start over, this team isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. It was fun while it lasted back in 2012 when the team won 57-games and overachieved, but the roster just isn’t capable of putting up a consistent effort on a nightly basis. It’s time to rebuild.