We have had a lot of good debate the past couple of days regarding the playoff prospects of the Denver Nuggets for the upcoming season. Unlike the presidential election it has all been very civilized. I think everyone has presented very good arguments on both sides of the debate and has further solidified my belief that those of you who comment and post here are some of the most astute fans around.
I have been carrying the torch for the Nuggets lately saying that I think the Nuggets have a very good shot at making the playoffs. My primary arguments have been that Marcus Camby will not be nearly as difficult to replace as the national media thinks and the Nuggets are still as talented, or even more talented, as anyone they will be battling against for the last playoff spots. And honestly, even though being a Nuggets fan has programmed me to be pessimistic, after reading all the negative perceptions regarding the Nuggets a little bit of the momma bear in me rose to the surface and I found it necessary to defend my helpless little bear cub. Now only if I could muster as much concern for my own kids as I do the Nuggets.
There are also some other reasons why I believe the Nuggets will have a good shot at making the playoffs next season.
The west will still be a very difficult conference, but I think the number eight seed will make the playoffs with 44 to 46 wins next season. I believe apart from the Lakers, Hornets, and Jazz there is a lot of instability among the upper middle class of the conference.
That brings us to the Dallas Mavericks who finished a mere one game ahead of the Nuggets last season. I honestly believe
Not only will the upper middle class of the conference be weaker next year, but the lower class will be better.
Out of the teams that finished outside the playoffs looking in last season the only team that I believe needs to be taken seriously is
As all the teams in the west stand right now, I think the last two playoff spots come down to a three way battle between Dallas, Portland and Denver.
We have already dealt with
Keep in mind anything can happen. Chris Paul could blow out his knee on the first day of training camp,
No matter what happens, I think we are in for an exciting season and at best another first round exit. (And the typical Nuggets fan pessimism once again rears its ugly head.)