Denver Nuggets: Why the Nuggets Had the NBA’s Worst Off Season
By Mike Elworth: Owner and Publisher/Hoopstuff…
Added: JJ Hickson Randy Foye, Nate Robinson, Darrell Arthur, Erik Green (Draft), Resigned Timofey Mozgov
Lost: George Karl, Masai Ujiri, Andre Iguodala, Kosta Koufas
Analysis: Why did Denver have the worst off season in the NBA? They let the NBA’s reigning Coach of the Year and one of the best in the business, George Karl, who turned this team into contenders after losing Carmelo Anthony leave, let the reigning Executive of the Year, Masai Ujiri who helped turn this team into contenders leave and let All Star, Andre Iguodala leave. They let one of the best coaches and executives in the NBA leave, which a team should never do. They have lost the team’s main brain trust and two people who proved that they were as important to the franchise as most of the players. Now their coaching will be worse and their management team is weaker. There is absolutely no reason why they should have done this and it could set the franchise back. Not to mention losing one of their best players, their best defender and the second most important player on their team other than Ty Lawson, Andre Iguodala. Now with Danilo Gallinari out for part of the season, their team will be far worse next year and without George Karl they could fall out of the playoffs completely, as there is no telling how rookie coach, Brian Shaw will do.
They also traded Kosta Koufas for a big man who is not as talented in Darrell Arthur, which is a loss in talent. They completely overpaid for Timofey Mozgov giving him 14 million over 3 years to be a backup center. They traded their first round pick so they lost a chance to add talent. They did manage to receive a player in return for Andre Iguodala, but it was only Randy Foye, who is marginal backup guard. They did make two solid, low cost signings, adding third big man, JJ Hickson and sparkplug guard, Nate Robinson, but those are the only positives that came from their off season. They made poor decision after poor decision this off season, their elite GM/coach combo is now gone, one of their two best players is gone and in no way did they upgrade the roster. They will probably go from the third seed in the competitive Western Conference, to completely out of the playoffs next season. It is a shame, as they had something very nice going for them in Denver.