The Emergence Of Melvin Hunt


Prior to being named the interim Head Coach after Brian Shaw‘s dismissal, few probably considered Melvin Hunt as a legitimate candidate to keep the job. After his first nine games roaming the sidelines, that perception may have changed.

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  • Through nine games, Hunt has posted a 6-3 record and he has the Denver Nuggets clicking like we hoped they would before the season started.

    While a 6-3 record is nothing to write home to Mom about, their revamped style of play has Nuggets fans buzzing.  The team is finally playing a style of basketball that fans can get behind and support. Having that fan support is particularly essential in a place like Denver where protecting your home court is heavily relied upon.

    Even more important than the style of play, Hunt seems to have brought out a winning attitude in this Nuggets team. Motivating a team filled with somewhat-accomplished veterans, in the midst of a lost season, is no easy task.  As we saw with Shaw, a disconnect between a coach and his players is the fastest way for things to go south. Hunt has his players’ vote of confidence – also essential.

    Melvin Hunt may not be the sexy hire that a Mike D’Antoni would be, but he’s making his case, and given the team’s recent play, I hope the Nuggets front office is taking notice.

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