The Denver Nuggets' up-and-down season has finally come to an end. With a 36-46 record, they had their first losing year, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2002-03.
It's easy to give poor grades to many of the Nuggets players. Their effort was awful at times, and Denver occasionally looked like a bottom-five team in the NBA.
Having said that, since the Nuggets were up against an absurd amount of injuries, had a first-year head coach in Brian Shaw who was making adjustments on both sides of the ball, and were in a substantially tough Western Conference, it was nearly the perfect storm for the franchise to struggle in terms of wins and losses.
Many of the younger guys made strides, particularly in the last month-and-a-half of the season. Therefore, it's appropriate to evaluate each player's 2013-14 performance and hand out these final grades.
To be eligible, a player must be on the current roster and played at least one regular-season game in a Denver uniform. Here are the criteria for the grades:
- Overall statistics
- Non-statistical elements
- Improvement and how he finished the season
- How many games he played
The first four areas will be emphasized the most since the players aren't usually in control of trades and injuries.