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Despite having to deal with distractions all season long regarding whether Carmelo Anthony would be traded during the season, the Nuggets remained in playoff contention.
However, Denver finally traded Carmelo Anthony just a few days before the deadline in a deal that also sent away point guard Chauncey Billups for several role players and a first round draft pick.
On paper, the departure of Anthony appears to have enormous implications. The Nuggets missed the playoffs eight straight seasons before drafting Anthony, then made the playoffs during each of Anthony's seven seasons.
Currently the No. 6 seed, Denver still has its heart set on making a playoff run. The Nuggets are now a team composed of zero big names, but a lot of quality players and depth. Denver has many athletic players and guys trying to prove themselves, so it will be interesting to see how the Nuggets close out the season.
Denver cannot afford to slip up, as they are just two games ahead of Utah and 3.5 games ahead of Phoenix, who are the No. 9 and No. 10 seeds respectively.