The Denver Nuggets have experienced quite the roller-coaster ride to start the 2013-14 season. One minute they look like a lottery team, the next they appear to have playoff potential.
It's been a difficult task for first-year head coach Brian Shaw.
Since the injury bug has hit several Nuggets players, Coach Shaw is playing a deep rotation and trying to get the roster to develop chemistry within his system.
However, with a four-game win streak—improving to an 8-6 record over that time—perhaps the Nuggets have turned a corner. The next task is Carmelo Anthony and the struggling New York Knicks.
But before Denver plays its Thanksgiving weekend showdown, let's examine the Nuggets' start to the season by grading each key player.
There will be three factors in the grades.
- Non-Statistical Elements
Statistics will include simple numbers such as points, rebounds and assists, but it will also involve things like plus-minus and player efficiency rating (PER). Non-statistical examples are defensive skills, pick-and-roll ability and clutch performances. Improvement will be how much of an increased role the player has or how the player has exceeded general expectations.
Essentially, the best grades will not always go to the top players.