2006 Denver Nuggets Preview
Welcome to the 2006 Denver Nuggets NBA Preview page. At the time of publish preseason games are winding down and the regular season about to be begin. If you enjoy betting on NBA basketball be sure to use Maddux Sports for NBA Basketball Picks and visit the Live NBA Betting Lines to increase your winning percentage this season.
2006 Denver Nuggets Basketball Season Preview
The Nuggets made the playoffs for the third straight year but found themselves out after the first round, losing to the Clippers. Then the fur started flying with the firing of GM Kiki Vanderwehe. The Nuggets are still without a general manager, making their coach George Karl the go-to guy as far as decision-making is concerned. There’s definitely disarray in the front office.
Point guard Andre Miller (13.7 PPG, 4.3 RPG, 8.2 APG, 46.3 FG%, 73.8 FT%) works hard and performs with adequate ball handling and leadership skills. Ever in search of a shooting guard, Denver will give the young J.R. Smith (7.7 PPG, 2.0 RPG, 1.1 APG, 39.3 FG%, 82.2 FT%) a try. Eight-year man, Earl Boykins (12.6 PPG, 1.4 RPG, 3.8 APG, 41.0 FG%, 87.4 FT%) is one of the best backup point men in the NBA and will be a big help in the backcourt.
Carmelo Anthony, named to the All-NBA third team last season, enters his third year as an unstoppable on-court force. One-on-one, he’s one of the best. However, Anthony is prone to double teams since both power forward Kenyon Martin (12.9 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.4 APG, 49.5 FG%, 71.2 FT%) and center Marcus Camby (12.8 PPG, 11.9 RPG, 2.1 APG, 46.5 FG%, 71.2 FT%) are less than threatening as shooters. Camby, who can still pull down rebbies, has had health and stamina problems.
Coach Karl expects his players to work hard and when they don’t his anger is evident. That rubs some guys, like Martin, the wrong way. In working with his team, Karl possesses the ability to adjust to injuries and the changing landscape. His emphasis is on defense and exploiting the inside when on offense. His outside shooters are unreliable. This team had the worst 3-point conversion percentage in the league last season
Denver may be the weakest first-place team in the NBA. The Nuggets desperately need scoring from their backcourt and stability in the front office. They will probably take the Northwest Division again and be out of the playoffs in four or five games.
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