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NBA season preview: Denver Nuggets

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STAYING: Darrell Arthur, Will Barton, Wilson Chandler, Kenneth Faried, Danilo Gallinari, Gary Harris, Nikola Jokic, Mike Miller, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jameer Nelson, Jusuf Nurkic, Jakarr Sampson and Axel Toupane.

ADDED: Malik Beasley (Florida State), Juan Hernangomez (Estudiantes), DJ Kennedy (Yenisey Krasnoyarsk) and Jamal Murray (Kentucky).

GONE: DJ Augustin (Orlando) and  Joffrey Lauvergne (Oklahoma City).

STRENGTHS: Many serviceable frontcourt players … They have Danilo Gallinari‘s shooting, Kenneth Faried‘s athleticism, Nikola Jokic‘s low-post scoring, Jusuf Nurkic‘s size, Wilson Chandler‘s versatility … If Gallo stays healthy and the Nuggets win more than expected, he should be in the All-Star conversation … Jokic is one young player to be excited about … Performed above expectations during his rookie year, then put together a great Olympic tournament with Serbia … Watch out … Will Barton had a breakout year in 2015-16 and should be in the mix for Sixth Man of the Year again if he comes off the bench again … Above-average rebounding.

WEAKNESSES: Very little in terms of star power … Talent level is nothing to call home about … Point guard play may be an issue again … Emmanuel Mudiay is still green and Jameer Nelson is a bit over the hill … Once considered a future star, Faried has stagnated and is constantly in the middle of trade rumors … Gallinari has missed almost 40 percent of games since he entered the NBA … Durability an obvious issue with him … Health was a big concern last season with key rotation players missing time … It makes sense for the Nuggets to go with the young guys, so get ready to chalk up a bunch of losses to inexperience … Shooting and defense are subpar.

PREDICTION: 5th in the Northwest Division, 15th in the Western Conference.

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