Denver Nuggets: 2016 Preview, Offseason/Draft Recap, Outlook
Denver Nuggets 2016 NBA Season Preview
October 27, 2016
NBA Championship: 500/1 Over/under win total: 37.5 See the Latest Odds
The Denver Nuggets embark on the 2016-17 NBA season on the heels of a disappointing 2015-16 campaign that saw the team finish 10th in the West with a 33-49 record. Denver is one of the youngest teams in the entire league and it will be up to coach Michael Malone in his second year in the Mile High City to put all of the pieces together.
Here is your 2016 Denver Nuggets preview.
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Key Losses: The most notable change from last year’s team will be the subtraction of point guard D.J. Augustin, who signed a 4-year, $29 million deal with the Orlando Magic. Augustin underwent a minor resurgence after being traded from the Thunder to Denver, logging 11.6 points and 4.7 rebounds in 23.5 minutes off of the bench. With all the youth brought in through the draft to bolster the backcourt, Augustin was deemed expendable and hopes to revive his career in Orlando.
Breaking down the draft: The Nuggets had a whopping 5 picks in this year’s draft, most notably their 7th overall selection that turned into Canadian guard Jamal Murray out of the university of Kentucky. Murray found himself on the midseason top-25 list for the Wooden award and the 35-man midseason list for the Naismith trophy and finished his lone season at Kentucky starting 36 games, while averaging 20 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 45..4% from the field and over 40% from 3-point range. Denver used their second pick, number 15 overall, to select Spanish forward Juan Hernangomez and their last pick of the first round, number 19 overall to select Florida State guard, Malik Beasley.
Outlook: Not a whole lot has changed from last year’s team with the obvious exception being the insertion of youth in the system. That doesn’t change the fact that this could be another rebuilding year for Denver as the Nuggets simply don’t have the horses to compete with the big boys of the division.
Projected record: 29-53