If you were to ask myself or any of the DiginDenver.com crew, you would learn that not even we know the answer to that question. Currently being twenty-three games into the season with only eight wins, it’s worrisome to see that the Nuggets currently do not even know what their own identity is.
Since the beginning of the season, something that we’ve continued to hear from coaches and players alike is that they’re still trying to find out what works for the team and who has the best chemistry on the court. We have yet to see that team but we know that although this group is young, they hold a lot of potential and talent; we just need to see them come together in a way that will give them that spark on the court.
When asked what he thought that the identity of the team was following their embarrassing home loss against Houston, Nuggets Small Forward Danilo Gallinari replied with, “I wish I knew. I want to be a defensive team but our defense is not there so we got to find a way to find our defense.” I wholeheartedly agree with him. The Nuggets defense is not there and they aren’t playing the way that they should be or the way that they know how.
Alex Eddy, a co-writer, had some input for the young teams identity:
“Different lineups and inconsistent minutes have both contributed to this major issue. So far, management and coaching has done little to none in helping to solve this problem. When you have so many players in their young twenties and even some in their teens, they need an identity that can help them develop, contribute, and be successful in a Denver uniform. Young teams often face this problem, and it is really hard to fix this without putting in the effort and time. The first step is identifying the issues and then ultimately solving them. The Nuggets need to find this identity; they need to be playing with a purpose. They need some chemistry to glue them together. Although I do not know what their identity will ultimately be, their only hope at going up is finding it.” -Alex Eddy
With the Nuggets heading to Orlando, they look to try to get out of this funk that they’ve been in. Being that they’ve only had one winning game so far in the month of December, the Nuggets desperately need this win. The Magic (10-14) are just coming off of two losses against Boston and Charlotte, and there is no better time for the Nuggets to start trying to find their identity.
Fans have seen what the Nuggets are capable of when they start strong and play a full 48 minute game and that’s what the Nuggets need to start doing tonight and every night that they set foot on the court. With their mix of vets and rookies, this young team is capable of so much, they just need to find their niche and once they do, they will finally be playing true Denver Nuggets basketball.