Over the last week, our franchise has gone through some changes, including the loss of former general manager Masai Ujiri and previous head coach George Karl. The 2013 NBA draft is less than three weeks away and free agency starts shortly after.
Your assistance is needed right now, and this is an excellent opportunity if you want to transform a team from just a playoff contender to a potential NBA Finals champion.
Times are exciting in the Rocky Mountains.
The Nuggets are coming off a season where they set multiple franchise records, including 57 wins and 38 home victories. These accomplishments earned Denver the No. 3 seed in the West, finishing just three games behind Oklahoma City for the top spot.
Not only have there been results, but the Nuggets are also the most explosive team in the league. This offense thrives in transition and led the NBA with 106.1 points per game. We have several players who can jump out of the gym and electrify the Pepsi Center or shock fans on the road.
Furthermore, if you are a fan of teamwork, sharing the basketball and no superstar egos, this is a great situation. By averaging a third-best 24.4 assists per game last season, we had nine different players average at least eight points per game. This also led to 12 of our players recording at least a PER of 13.9.
The best part about this is even though we don't have that one guy who stands above everyone else, there are several guys to turn to in crunch time. Ty Lawson, Danilo Gallinari and Andre Miller all had their moments in the final seconds last year, not to mention Andre Iguodala, who we hope to retain for the future.
The Nuggets are ready to take the next step and win the West.
Qualifications and Expectations
First and foremost, you must have helped improve your team's results at your current or most recent coaching position. Did you help take it from a non-playoff team to consistently making the postseason? Did you help your team become a threat to win the Western or Eastern Conference? Have you won a ring in the past?
If there's a "yes" to any of those questions, you will strongly be considered for the job.
We are also looking for a head coach who is creative and flexible. One challenge you will be faced with is the absence of Gallinari until sometime in February, as Benjamin Hochman of The Denver Post tells us. Once Gallo went down with his ACL injury, Denver still won five of its last six games, including one against San Antonio.
We expect similar success with a deep roster and months to prepare for the 2013-14 opener.
With that in mind, you must be able to coach with an up-tempo style. An offense will often get built around what kind of talent is on the roster, so we are open to coaches who are with or have been with slower-paced teams.
However, this Nuggets team has a lot of experience running the floor with the quick guards and athletic big men. We have no desire to make major roster changes, and this will be the best method in getting the most out of this squad.
You also must be capable of improving post play. While we were the best in the NBA in points in the paint last year, most of this was created on the fast break and our guards attacking the rim in the dribble-drive motion offense. Kenneth Faried, Kosta Koufos and JaVale McGee are not serious threats from outside the paint, and we need them to be more effective in the half-court offense.
Lastly, you must be able to bring a defensive edge to this team. As people around the world saw in the first round of the playoffs, our perimeter defense couldn't stop the shooting duo of Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson. Our defense has shown some improvement around the rim, especially with the play of Faried and McGee, but it's been a weakness on the outside.
Plus, while we want to bring our best defender back in Iguodala, there are no guarantees this will happen, and we won't accept another three-point bashing like Golden State put on us.
Postseason Success Is a Must
We've made ourselves clear by letting George Karl go. Regular-season success just doesn't cut it. We are far past the expectation of just making it to the playoffs, and our franchise wants a shot at the NBA Finals to take down teams like the Miami Heat.
In fact, last season the Nuggets didn't have a losing record against any of the Western Conference playoff teams, beat Indiana in both meetings and nearly took down Miami both times. We know Denver can beat anyone and is on the verge of something special.
Therefore, we can't stress this enough, we expect you to win in the postseason. The Nuggets have been to the playoffs the last 10 years, but have only made it past the first round on one occasion. We are sick of it.
Do you think you have what it takes?
There are always NBA-coaching vacancies, but you don't get an opportunity with a winning franchise over the last decade very often. The Denver Nuggets are ready to bring in the leader who will land the franchise its first NBA title.