Three and a half months ago the Denver Nuggets were the NBA's giant in waiting, well on their way toward 57 wins and a chance to unleash 10-man hell on the Western Conference playoff bracket. This was before Danilo Gallinari tore up his knee, though, and Kenneth Faried sprained his ankle. Before George Karl and Masai Ujiri – the 2012-13 Coach and Executive of the Year – parted ways with the team. Before the team lost in the first round to the Golden State Warriors, a victorious squad that would somehow find enough cap space to sign the team's best player, Andre Iguodala, to a massive free agent contract.
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