Even though the Denver Nuggets' 2013-14 campaign is bursting into flames, a few specific players need to improve their performances to finish the regular season.
The 25-32 Nuggets have lost nine of their last 10, suffered an embarrassing 112-89 home defeat to the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night and are eight games behind the eighth spot in the Western Conference. The streak of making the playoffs for 10 consecutive years is likely coming to an end.
With injuries, chemistry issues on the court and a lack of effort at times, the Nuggets are not a good team.
Even if you don't believe in tanking and want to take a chance with the New York Knicks' 2014 first-round draft pick, Denver doesn't even have the ammo to put together many wins against a brutal finishing schedule. Remember, the Nuggets will trade the less favorable first-round pick between the Knicks and their own to the Orlando Magic, per Real GM.
But as Brian Shaw pointed out after the loss to the Chicago Bulls, according to Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, he is going to play the guys who bring the energy. Essentially, he needs to figure out which young players he likes moving forward.
These five players can play important roles in making the Nuggets more competitive and make a statement for their future in Denver.
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