Nov 27, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw celebrates with his team during the fourth quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center. The Nuggets defeated the Timberwolves 117-110. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets Ranked 17th In Power Rankings

Things have been slow for the Nuggets lately. However, Bleacher Report came out with their power rankings for the entire NBA after the free agency period.

The Nuggets were ranked 17th on the list, and here is what Josh Martin had to say about the Nuggets and their ranking.

The Denver Nuggets’ failed pursuit of Mike Miller must’ve been disappointing, though the result couldn’t have been all that surprising. He and LeBron James have long been buddy-buddy, apparently to the point of Miller taking a pay cut to play with his former Miami Heat teammate.

On the whole, though, the Nuggets have had themselves a solid summer. They turned a young combo guard (Evan Fournier) into a veteran shooter (Arron Afflalo) with whom they are intimately familiar, and split their one lottery pick (Doug McDermott) into two solid first-rounders (Gary Harris and Jusuf Nurkic).

And GM Tim Connelly might not be done wheeling and dealing just yet. According to Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, Denver is keen to leach off whatever Kevin Love trade comes about, much as it did on Dwight Howard’s move from Orlando to L.A.

That worked out pretty well for the Nuggets, at least in the short term. They won 57 games, with Andre Iguodala as their main takeaway from the deal.

Iggy left last summer, but Afflalo, who went to the Magic in that four-team blockbuster, is back now. Perhaps Connelly can parlay his team’s glut of giants into another piece by way of Love.

And if it means getting a superstar out of the Nuggets’ division, even better.

I truly believe that the Nuggets had a great off-season. They added a true starting shooting guard in Arron Afflalo, and had an excellent draft. For them to be ranked 17th is a joke, but that should help them next season. The Nugget can use this as motivation since apparently the rest of the league doesn’t think that they are that great of a team.

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