5 Areas Denver Nuggets Must Upgrade This Offseason

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5 Areas Denver Nuggets Must Upgrade This Offseason
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With the Denver Nuggets posting a 36-46 record and their first losing season since 2002-03, some changes are certainly needed.

Given that injuries played a major factor in the inconsistent year, most of these areas can be improved internally. A lot of the younger players made strides through experience and coaching, and the upcoming season will be about putting the pieces together.

Defense is the most glaring issue, but there are problems on both sides of the ball. Some of these also come down to fundamentals and basics.

Team president Josh Kroenke and general manager Tim Connelly won't have a ton of money to play with at just over $59 million already guaranteed next season, according to Basketball Insiders. But there's a little room to make something happen.

The Nuggets also have the 11th-best chance at landing the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft at 0.8 percent (you can play Chad Ford's NBA Lottery Mock Draft at ESPN here). Odds are they will have the 11th overall pick, but that's still decent position to land someone who can help this team immediately.

With this in mind, here's what needs to be addressed in the offseason.

 

(All individual statistics are from Basketball-Reference.com unless noted otherwise and accurate as of April 24, 2014.

(All team statistics are from TeamRankings.com and accurate as of April 24, 2014.)

(All salary information is from Basketball Insiders.)

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