Final First-Half Player Power Rankings for Denver Nuggets

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Final First-Half Player Power Rankings for Denver Nuggets
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All right, have the Denver Nuggets finally figured things out?

It's been a season filled with significant ups and downs for Brian Shaw in his first season as an NBA head coach. The Nuggets started their 2013-14 campaign by losing four of their first five contests but later won seven straight.

Then a few games later, things spiraled out of control, as Denver lost eight in a row, including an embarrassing 114-102 home loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. As Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post reported, this caused Shaw to speak with the players individually and have a team meeting to allow everyone to unload their frustration. 

That seemed to do the trick. The Nuggets have won their last four and knocked off the Oklahoma City Thunder, 101-88, on Thursday night.

So what changed on the court? Shaw went to a nine-man rotation, and the Nuggets are emphasizing their transition game. 

Therefore, with these power rankings, we'll pay specific attention to how each player has performed over the last four outings, as a few of the guys have had major breakthroughs in the last week. At the same time, we'll factor in their seasonal statistics and what non-statistical elements they bring to the team.

 

All statistics are current as of Jan. 10 and courtesy of NBA.com, unless otherwise noted.

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