15. Quincy Miller
While Miller spent time with the Nuggets and the Iowa Energy of the Development League in his rookie season, he's received quality preseason minutes. Not only that, according to Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com, Shaw sees big potential in his second-year forward, and Miller reminds him of a young Paul George when he was at Indiana.
Miller didn't score much in the preseason, but considering that Danilo Gallinari is still out with his ACL injury and Wilson Chandler has had issues staying healthy as well, it makes sense for Shaw to give Miller some chances in the beginning of the year.
I wouldn't look for Miller to be part of the primary rotation later in the year, but he should get some a fair amount of playing time off the bench while Gallo is out.
14. Anthony Randolph
With all the competition in the frontcourt, it's tough for Anthony Randolph to play a bigger role than he did in 2012-13. Randolph was on the end of the bench for most of the year, and contributed with 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds in 8.4 minutes.
However, Randolph did emerge toward the end of the preseason with three-straight games scoring in double figures. He's also shooting the three and perhaps stretches the defense more than any other Denver big man.
Other than his high volume of fouls, he's giving a great effort.
Even going back to last season, Randolph did have a few noteworthy outings when he was given an increased role. The most evident example was in the regular-season finale against the Phoenix Suns, where he racked up a double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds.
But there isn't one aspect that Randolph is dominant at. At 225 pounds, he's not the biggest guy at 6'11" and he's not someone you can count on in the post on either end.
With McGee, Mozgov, Faried, J.J. Hickson and Darrell Arthur on the roster, Randolph will only get into consistent double-digit minutes by an unfortunate injury to someone ahead of him.
13. Andre Miller
It's easy to say Andre Miller is in the back of the pack because he's 37 years old, but the truth is, there isn't room for him to get significant playing time.
With Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, Evan Fournier and Randy Foye all projected to be substantial assets and the option to move Chandler or Jordan Hamilton down to the 2, it's tough to get him into the mix. Miller doesn't present a huge scoring threat and he's lost a step defensively.
While we can't look into the veteran's preseason playing time too much, he only played more than 17 minutes on one occasion, but Robinson didn't play in that contest.
To be fair though, Miller still has good vision, can make solid decisions and get people involved at the right spots. Plus, unlike Lawson and Robinson, he's a point guard that can post up, which could be valuable in certain matchups.
Furthermore, being ranked 10th all time in assists (likely ninth later this year), his experience is valuable. According to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Miller believes he can play until he's 40 years old and Shaw thinks he still has something left in him.
While I believe both are correct in saying that, because of the Nuggets' depth and as they move toward establishing a 10-man rotation for a run at the playoffs, Miller will eventually be phased out. He'll get 20 minutes per game for a while and chip in with six points and five assists, but those numbers will descend after the All-Star break.
It's not that Miller can't play as a primary backup. Denver just has better options at this point.
12. Jordan Hamilton
As Hamilton heads into the last year of his guaranteed contract, he has an excellent chance to prove he's worthy of 20-plus minutes this year. Again, with Gallinari out, Hamilton should play a fair amount to start the regular season.
Hamilton has shown improvement since the end of the 2012-13 season.
In the summer league, he scored 15.8 points, forced 1.5 steals and shot 44 percent from three. Without Andre Iguodala and Corey Brewer, that's a combination Denver will need going forward.
His three-point shooting was off in the preseason, but through good perimeter defense and running the floor well, he still proved to be an asset while on the floor. That's an excellent sign for a young player.
Hamilton won't be playing ahead of Gallinari or Chandler, but given the matchup and if the Nuggets get a boost from him, there could be nights where he plays 30 minutes. His playing time will fluctuate quite a bit throughout the year, but Hamilton will see an average of around 20 minutes with eight points, four rebounds and one steal.
11. Timofey Mozgov
After watching the action from the sideline for most of last season, with George Karl and Kosta Koufos out of the picture, Mozgov will have the opportunity to be the backup center.
Mozgov isn't going to blow up the stat sheet, but his defense inside is what will give him a bigger role on the 2013-14 Nuggets. At 7'1" with a newly extended contract, Mozgov showed in the preseason that he can block or alter just about every shot near him.
Offensively, there's work to do, such as his mid-range shot that Shaw wants with his big men. He also needs to work on finishing with contact.
With Shaw emphasizing defense in training camp and coming over from a defensive-minded team like the Pacers, Mozgov is a perfect rim protector to play beside Hickson, Faried and Arthur. He wont average more than seven points and six rebounds, but his plus-minus will show his impact.