Denver Nuggets: Complete Season Preview and Primer

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Denver Nuggets: Complete Season Preview and Primer
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After a tumultuous 2010-11 season—one that saw a blockbuster trade that turned the roster on its head—the list of questions surrounding the Nuggets is long.

 

Who will fill the scoring void left by Carmelo Anthony?

 

How will Denver's defense respond after losing leader Kenyon Martin to China?

 

Who will bolster the bench with J.R. Smith and Wilson Chandler playing professionally overseas?

 

With so many new faces playing together, will these new Nuggets be able to create any chemistry with one another?

 

And despite all these questions, Denver knew its biggest priorities were re-signing free agents Nene and Arron Afflalo—two players that can and should be leaders for the Nuggets—which they did in the last few days.

 

10-year Brazilian big man Nene was signed first, to a five-year, $67 million deal that will likely keep him in the Mile High City until his retirement. With Melo gone and a multitude of youngsters on the squad, the Nuggets believed Nene's veteran leadership was essential to making this team go.

 

That and the fact that Nene's an athletic big who had the best field-goal percentage in the league last year are decided advantages in the Association.

 

Alongside him for the next half-decade will be Afflalo, the five-year player with potential that reaches much further than a mile high. Afflalo has improved every year he's been in the league in nearly every single statistical category and the amount of intangibles he possesses are profound. Afflalo's an extremely dedicated and driven worker, he's intelligent, very coachable and a leader by example.

 

With Nene and Afflalo, the Nuggets have pieces to build around for the future and it will be interesting to see how well the team can play together this year.

 

The start of the season is less than a week away, so lets look at the Nuggets starters, bench, player with the most pressure, the player on the rise and 2011-12 season expectations.

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