The doubters would have you believe that the 2012-13 Denver Nuggets did little to change their fortunes this offseason.
After all, swapping Arron Afflalo for Andre Iguodala amounts to a trade of one defensive-oriented player for another. Until they land a true star, a scoring talent in the ballpark of oh, Carmelo Anthony, praise for this upstart roster is just a lot of whistling Dixie.
But that's a superficial and ultimately flawed analysis. Look closer at this Nuggets team and you'll see that it has the characteristics necessary to make noise in the regular season and beyond.
Here are the seven reasons anyone sleeping on Denver may soon find themselves on the wrong side of the argument.