Not too long ago, the Denver Nuggets looked like a franchise completely devoid of direction. Franchise player Carmelo Anthony had made his desire to exit the team crystal clear, and Denver looked like a team doomed to another slow and painful rebuilding process.
But, after a series of nimble moves, the Nuggets look better than ever less than two years after the Melo drama. Denver managed to snag an impressive package in exchange for Anthony, and has since acquired JaVale McGee and Andre Iguodala in separate deals, both of which shed major salary. Throw in smart drafting that brought Kenneth Faried and a host of other potential-laden young players to the organization, and the Nuggets look primed to make some serious noise in 2013.
Here are five things to know about next season’s most exciting basketball team.