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15. Danilo Gallinari
2012-13 statistics: 32.5 MIN, 16.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG, 2.5 APG
Before training camp started, Danilo Gallinari told Sportando that doctors said he should be ready to return to action by the end of November. However, when that time came around, according to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Gallo wouldn't give a specific return date, and he's still at least weeks away.
Luckily for the Nuggets, they are playing well in his absence. Still, they obviously need him going forward and he'll move up the power rankings when he returns to the hardwood.
14. Quincy Miller
2013-14 statistics: 2.7 MIN, 1.7 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 BPG
Quincy Miller earned the last spot on the roster during training camp, but he's barely seen any action since the start of the regular season. In three games, he's played a mere 2.7 minutes.
For a team that's trying to get experience playing with each other in a new system, it's tough to give the entire bench quality minutes. I'd expect Miller to get a couple opportunities for some decent playing time this season, but he'll mostly continue to watch from the sideline.
13. JaVale McGee
2013-14 statistics: 16.0 MIN, 7.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 1.4 BPG
If you were told before the regular season that JaVale McGee would have these numbers and be out indefinitely five games into the year, would you believe the Nuggets could hold an 11-7 record? Maybe, but I doubt it.
Granted it was preseason, but McGee quickly showed improvement by scoring 11.3 points and pulling down 6.6 rebounds in only 23.7 minutes. He was 23-of-31 (74.2 percent) from the line, hit some mid-range jumpers and made a few solid post moves.
Then, he faltered in the regular season, and the MRI after the Phoenix Suns matchup showed a stress fracture in his left tibia, according to Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com. McGee's energy was down, he couldn't protect the rim as effectively and he was dominated on the glass.
Through much improved bench play, the Nuggets are excelling without him. Once he's ready to return, the center starting spot will be a hot topic of discussion.