DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 15: JaVale McGee #34 of the Denver Nuggets heads up court against the Golden State Warriors during preseason action at the Pepsi Center on October 15, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Warriors 104-98. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
The Denver Nuggets have turned into a trendy pick this season to be a top contender in the ultra-competitive Western Conference. But the fascination with his squad has the longtime coach a bit mystified.
Because really, what's changed since last season when the Nuggets were once again knocked out of the playoffs in the first round?
Sure, they added defensive stopper Andre Iguodala as part of the blockbuster deal that landed Dwight Howard with the Los Angeles Lakers. And granted, athletic big man JaVale McGee will have a full year on board. But other than that, this is largely the same core of players - the one lacking a bona fide "star."
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