The Denver Nuggets have qualified for the postseason in nine consecutive seasons. But despite their ability to make the playoffs, the Nuggets have only advanced as far as the Western Conference finals one time during that span. Is this the year the Nuggets make some noise in the postseason?
It's certainly possible that this is Denver's year to shine. Granted, the Nuggets are returning a team that's not much different than the one that was knocked out in the first round by the Lakers in 2011-12. However, the Nuggets are a young team, so it's conceivable that they could markedly improve through progression with their own players instead of going out and making huge splashes in free agency.
Either way, it figures to be an exciting year for the Nuggets and their fans. They'll get to see the return of Carmelo Anthony to Denver and another year of chemistry between their young nucleus of Ty Lawson, Aaron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried.