The Denver Nuggets are 10 games behind eighth place in the Western Conference, but there are several reasons for fans to keep an eye on this team.
This season has been full of bizarre winning and losing streaks, mainly contributed by various injuries. With a first-year head coach in Brian Shaw trying to adjust a few things schematically and improve some other areas, he has faced a significant challenge, with the roster and rotation constantly changing.
But now that Denver is healthy outside of Danilo Gallinari, JaVale McGee and Nate Robinson, Shaw has an opportunity to figure a few things out before the offseason. These come both on offense and defense, as well as team and individual performance.
Nuggets fans may want their team to start tanking since the New York Knicks only trail the Atlanta Hawks by three-and-a-half games for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Remember, the Nuggets have their own and the Knicks' 2014 first-round pick, but they trade the less favorable one to the Orlando Magic, according to RealGM.
However, given that Shaw is using somewhat of a normal rotation at this point and the Nuggets are playing at a much higher level with Ty Lawson back, they will give it their best the rest of the season. Even so, the finishing schedule is brutal, and they will still likely finish well out of the playoff picture.
So before we start analyzing the NBA draft possibilities and free-agent market, we should pay attention to these five things and how they'll pertain to next season.