Not many people around the league mention the Denver Nuggets and title contention in the same sentence. The team’s point guard Ty Lawson believes that Denver could very well upset some of the top dogs.
In an interview with Sport Radio Interviews, Lawson states his belief that the Nuggets do have what it takes to contend this year, despite the absence of a superstar player:
“Yeah. I was talking to (Andre) Iguodala a couple of days ago and I was like ‘man we can really win a championship if everybody is mature and gets serious about the game plan,”
“If we just stay focused, I feel like we can beat and run with any team in the NBA. We would have a shot to win a championship but we just have to do that for a seven game series. That’s what I feel and I think a lot of people on our team feel the same way. We just have to get everything together down the stretch.”
After starting the season 4-6, the Nuggets have found the winning ways again. Denver sits fifth in the Western Conference, with a 40-22 record, 1.5 games away from earning home court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
At this point, the Nuggets would be a nightmare matchup for just about every team in the West. Denver plays at a mind-blowing pace and can run circles around most teams. On a good night, they can beat anyone.
But the persisting question remains – are they solid enough to take down the Western Conference juggernauts in a seven-game series? The team still has a few glaring flaws, even excluding the lack-of-a-superstar issue.
Collectively, Denver is one of the worst shooting teams in the league, ranking 26th in three-point percentage. If a good defensive team can slow the game down and shut the Nuggets out of the paint, their offense does not have much else to offer. Despite Andre Iguodala’s great defense, they are not an elite defensive team.
The Nuggets are still very young. Regardless of how much talent the team has, Lawson admits that they often lose focus, allowing teams back into games. To truly become contenders, they have to be at their best at all times, which can be hard when the playoff spotlight is shining bright.
What we know is this – no team in the league wants to take on Denver in the playoffs. However, while they can strike fear into the opposition, the flaws of the team are rather critical, which makes serious title contention rather unlikely.
Vytis is the Lead Editor of King James Gospel. You can follow him on Twitter here: @VytisLasaitis