Another year, another early exit for the Denver Nuggets from the playoffs. However, despite finishing with a similar result in the majority of the seasons over the last decade, there are considerable bright spots for the Nuggets moving forward.
The last two seasons have been marred by inconsistency and drama that have put the new-look Nuggets behind the eight ball in terms of consistency, unity and fluidity.
In 2010-11 there was Melo-drama that started at the beginning of the season as the former Nuggets star raked management and his teammates through the coals on his way to forcing a trade with the only team he would allow, the New York Knicks.
In this case, the team of Ujiri and Kroenke reacted masterfully, patiently waiting for the Knicks to cave to their high demands to obtain the pieces they wanted in return. Landing a package of Gallinari, Chandler, Mozgov, Felton, Brewer and Koufas, plus three picks was genius, as each of these players has either been a significant contributor for the Nuggets over the past two seasons or has been flipped for one.
Since that time, due to the lockout, the current roster of the Nuggets has had little time to work together, leading to inconsistencies. But some of the pieces are in place for a legitimate roster to take the court next season.
However, these five offseason considerations are vital towards building for the future.