April 16, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl talks to small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) and forward Kenneth Faried (35) against the Houston Rockets during the second quarter at the Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

Nuggets Fans Should Appreciate This Playoff Run

Nine straight years of making the playoffs and seven first-round exits (and what soon will be eight).

It’s hard for Denver Nuggets fans to see the appreciation in that run, especially after seeing players like Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Kenyon Martin and Carmelo Anthony come up short while wearing Nuggets jerseys.

However, this year is different and this team is very much different.

There is zero All-Stars on this squad. The starting lineup features a rookie power forward and its oldest player is only 26 years old. Not to mention the two most experienced players on the squad are Al Harrington and Andre Miller.

And yet fans believed this squad has the components to upset the No. 3-seeded Los Angeles Lakers?

Lets be realistic, this team has potential but it isn’t going to beat a Lakers squad that is built to compete for an NBA title.

L.A. features a future Hall of Famer in Kobe Bryant and the most dominant duo in the post with Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum.

Denver has an exciting young core group of players in Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo, Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton. All have a lot of promise, but none is ready to compete with the likes of Bryant or Bynum. Do any of them have the potentials to be a star? Most likely not, but either way it is far to early to lose fate in this young squad.

Tags: Al Harrington Allen Iverson Andre Miller Andrew Bynum Arron Afflalo Carmelo Anthony Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Jordan Hamilton Kenneth Faried Kenyon Martin Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Marcus Camby Ty Lawson

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