Originally Posted by Rockets(T-mac)
Pretty good signing they get a back up PG and great shooting from the outside. There defense is not getting any better though.
Denver's defensive woes are so overrated its getting ridiculous.
Seriously. First of all early in the season their defensive statistics weren't great in part due to their best defender Kenyon going down and Nene hardly playing. Still they weren't terrible, it was their PACE. They were the highest paced team in the NBA by a nice margin, more possessions= more points for both teams, yet the Nuggets were top 10 in defensive efficiency and had a 60% winning percentage to boot.
Then comes the suspensions and the AI trade. Well during those suspensions nene was still an in and out player and Camby hurt his hand and missed some games, and there was no way that situation was going to help their winning or defensive stats. After the trade they had 2 new starters in Blake and AI, and really Nene didn't become a consistent starter til Feb. You can't just throw guys together and expect great offense and defense without enough practice or that thing called a training camp, and both sides of the ball struggled until they had time to gel. Which ended with them looking like one of the best teams in the league again on both sides of the ball, including winning a defensive battle with the Mavs. And also ended with them giving the Spurs their toughest series probably, atleast doing the best defensive job on them.
Oh, that doesn't even include the fact that they're getting their best defender back in Kenyon.