If The Denver Nuggets Don't Make a Move, How Can They Improve?

Brandon RibakSenior Writer IJuly 30, 2009

DENVER - MAY 29:  Carmelo Anthony #15 of the Denver Nuggets looks on from the bench in the fourth quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs against the Los Angeles Lakers at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

After writing my Best in the West article yesterday, I immediately began to contemplate about the Denver Nuggets and their entire offseason.

While major trades and signings have taken place not only within their Conference, but amongst their division as well, the Denver Nuggets organization has insisted on calmly sitting back in recline and crossing their legs on top of the table.

Flashing back to last season, the Denver Nuggets ended the year with a Division best, 54-28 record, finishing the season as the two seed upon entering the playoffs.

The Nuggets shocked many fans, surpassing both New Orleans and Dallas, and advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in 24 years (1985-lost to LA in 5 games).

With extreme momentum on Denver's side, the aggressive and determined Nuggets were able to compete against the first place Lakers, tying the series up at 2-2 before getting defeated two games afterward.

Getting back to the present, how can the Nuggets organization truly believe that they have what it takes to not only make it back to the Western Conference Finals, but knock out the only team that sent them home packing when they have yet to make a single move during the offseason? (expect re-signing Birdman).

Taking a look at the top contending teams in the West; the Lakers signed Ron Artest, the Spurs acquired Richard Jefferson via trade, signed Antonio McDyess, and Theo Ratliff, the Mavericks traded for Shawn Marion and signed Drew Gooden, and the Blazers signed veteran point-guard Andre Miller.

So what can the Nuggets do to improve their roster?

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