The Denver Dilemma

Posted by bgparedes | Thursday, September 24, 2009 | 2 comments »

Reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1985 is the best thing that happened to the Nuggets in a long time. The last time Denver fans we’re this excited was during the early to mid 90’s when Dikembe Mutombo was a promising center and Mahmoud Abdul- Rauf was still Chris Jackson. That version of the Nuggets was never able to reach the lofty expectations that were heaped on to them, and while this current version already accomplished more than Deke’s Nuggets, question remains, can they win a title?

When they brought back Chanucey Billups for Allen Iverson midway last season, they went from a very talented young team that couldn’t get past the first round to legitimate contenders. He was an excellent leader that made his teammates better than what they really are, but the best part is they were winning. J.R. Smith looked like the person the Hornets envisioned him to be when they drafted him and Melo still got his numbers.

They shouldn’t stop there though as the rest of the West have reloaded for the 2010 season. The Lakers got Artest, the Spurs traded for Jefferson, the Blazers got Andre Miller and what do they have to show for? Nothing! Oh and Ty Lawson doesn’t count.

Losing to the eventual champion Lakers is nothing to be ashamed of but if they aren’t going to do any drastic moves to improve their roster, all of this will be for naught.