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Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony might disagree, but George Karl isn't antistar. The Nuggets coach is antiselfish, which is why Andre Iguodala will be a perfect fit in Denver.
With their depth and all-for-one culture, the Nuggets were the league's highest-scoring team last season and pushed the Lakers to seven games in the first round of the playoffs. But they needed a talent upgrade to stay relevant in the West. Enter Iguodala, the 28-year-old swingman whose arrival from Philadelphia in the four-team Dwight Howard trade in August was one of the most underrated moves of the off-season. Iguodala, who won a gold medal with the U.S. in London, is a team-first player who will be the lead scorer some nights and the top defender every night. And if high-flying center JaVale McGee, who averaged 10.3 points after being acquired from the Wizards last March, proves worthy of the four-year, $44 million deal he signed in July, Denver may be even more dynamic than it was last year.
COACH: George Karl (9th season with Nuggets)
2011--12 RECORD: 38--28 (2nd in Northwest)
OFFENSE: 104.1 ppg (1st)
DEFENSE: 101.2 ppg (29th)
PICK-AND-ROLL OFFENSE: 20.9 ppg (21st)
PROJECTED STARTING FIVE
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