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The Nuggets do not have the same elite lineup as do the Lakers. However, the top of the Nuggets' roster has four young players who can emerge as superstars in 2012-13.
In just his third year in the NBA, Ty Lawson established himself as a top-tier point guard, averaging 16.3 points, 6.5 assists and 1.3 steals a game. Lawson deftly buzzed around the Lakers' perimeter defense in the first round of the Western Conference playoff last spring for 19 points and six assists a game.
Before suffering a knee injury around the All-Star break of the 2011-12 season, Danilo Gallinari averaged 17 points off only 12 shots a game. When healthy, Gallinari is not only a lethal spot-up shooter, but extremely adept at getting to the free-throw line. Last year, he visited the charity stripe 6.4 times a game before the All-Star break.
JaVale McGee has the potential to be a center in the NBA who averages, per game, 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots.
While McGee has had a very inconsistent NBA career thus far, the 25-year-old is about to spend a full season under future Hall of Fame coach George Karl, who has a reputation for cultivating raw NBA talent into superstar players. Expect McGee's game to become consistently excellent on a nightly basis.
Andre Iguodala, for the reasons stated prior to this slide, has a strong chance at earning his second All-Star berth in 2012-13.