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4 | Denver NUGGETS
Sam Amick
October 29, 2012
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.
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October 29, 2012

4 | Denver Nuggets

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PG Ty Lawson PPG: 16.4 APG: 6.6 SPG: 1.3 FG%: 48.8
SG Andre Iguodala PPG: 12.4 RPG: 6.1 APG: 5.5 SPG: 1.7
SF Danilo Gallinari PPG: 14.6 APG: 2.7 FG%: 41.4 3FG%: 32.8
PF Kenneth Faried PPG: 10.2 RPG: 7.7 BPG: 1.0 FG%: 58.6
C JaVale McGee PPG: 11.3 RPG: 7.8 BPG: 2.2 FG%: 55.6

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.

FAST FACTS

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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