Dec 27, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw talks with his team in the second half against the New Orleans Pelicans at the New Orleans Arena. New Orleans defeated Denver 105-89. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

How Would The Nuggets Do In The World Cup?

The World Cup is days away, and the USA is slated to be in the “Group of Death.” But how would the USMNT do if they had some members of the Denver Nuggets on their squad this summer in Brazil? And what would each player’s position be? Let’s suspend disbelief for a minute and imagine what a Nuggets-centric team might look like.

Forwards: Ty Lawson, Nate Robinson, and Evan Fournier. Ty Lawson is the fastest member of the Nuggets, if not the whole NBA. He could serve as a lone striker, or you could pair him up with fellow speedster Nate Robinson and the attack becomes lightning fast.

Midfielders: Danillo Gallinari, Randy Foye, Darrel Arthur, and Wilson Chandler. The midfield all of a sudden becomes gigantic, with no player smaller than 6’3″, and all of the players are athletic. You can bet Gallo played a little football when he was a child in Italy, and he would make for a great center midfielder.

Defenders: Kenneth Faried, JJ Hickson, Jan Vesley, and Quincy Miller. Manimal would make for a world-class fullback who could score on jumping headers, seeing that he could probably out jump any actual defender playing pro soccer. Plus, his athleticism and tenacity would do wonders for the counter attack.

Goalkeepers: Javale McGee and Timofey Mozgov.  Javale is 7-feet tall and one of the most athletic big men in the NBA. His wingspan alone would cover half of the goal.

Recommended starting XI:

Lawson      Robinson

Foye       Chandler      Gallo       Arthur

Manimal    Hickson    Vesley     Miller


What do you think Nuggets fans? How would this squad fare in Brazil representing the USA? Sound off in the comments below!

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