Andrew wrote:As in real life, it's becoming a point guard oriented league. Perhaps point guard domination isn't a bug, it's a prophecy.
megarover wrote:Interesting read. Every Decade has its strong point whether it be SF,Centers, Wings or point guards........Its evolution i think.
Mavs4Life wrote:No doubt Perko and T-Mac are the greatest tandem of the century... LeBron and D-Wade don't come close
Andrew wrote:I'd say he has become the best player who averaged less than 15 ppg, but in this reality he's probably established himself as one of the best all-time...perhaps even at least top 20. As such, it's only fair that he got that superstar call against the Sixers to preserve the win.
megarover wrote:Perko is the man and all but we all know T-Mac is Batman . Perko has got to be one of the best Robins of all time though.
Axel. wrote:Finally! Congrats on the quadruple-double! That was easily Perko's best five-game summary of the dynasty. Close to a second quadruple-double, and not to mention a couple of 20-20 games.
Also good to see that the other players aren't giving Perko all of the spotlight too. I'm a little saddened to see Jim Simon get demoted though.
Mavs4Life wrote:The quad-double happened.....
plus two 20/20 games!? MVP!MVP!MVP! Poor Stan, getting put aside, for even more epicness. Gotta give you props on being able to get those stats over the years, I think I've only been able to get 1 trip-dub after playing 2K12 for months.
Andrew wrote:At long last! Congratulations, glad to see that it happened finally and in the midst of such an impressive run for Perko. Would've been funny if you'd actually got it in back to back games after so many near misses! Hope he can add another MVP to his trophy case this year, averaging a triple double I have to imagine he's got a very good shot at it. And of course, a championship is the only proper way to cap off a season like this.
megarover wrote:Perko has been playing crazy ball. He is just pulling triple doubles out his ass right now. I was trying to figure out whose game he most resembles and the one that comes to mind is KG........well without all the fake thug stuff KG be doing
Houndy wrote:The Quad-Dub... finally
Andrew wrote:Very odd to see this team lose four in a row, though you were still really rolling before that. Perko's surely got to take home the MVP at this point.
megarover wrote:Yea those four straight losers aren't very Nugget-like. Crazy that after dropping 4 straight this late in the season you still have 66 wins
The X wrote:Great to see this one still going. Perko got a quadruple double. Wow, just wow!!! That's an amazing feat.
Most Valuable Player: [NJN] Nicholas Schneider (23.3ppg 5.3apg 1.5spg)
And from out of nowhere, Nicholas Schneider wins his first MVP trophy. It was easy to think that the stats of Perko or Hobbes MacDonald's threepeat were on the cards, but with their teams loaded with talent, the votes have gone towards a player with a little less help who still managed to get his team into the playoffs.
Nicholas Schneider was a part of the team that ended the Nuggets winning streak (and ultimately started their 4 game losing streak), and in the end, that's probably what won him this award.
Most Improved Player: [CLE] Sam Brandon (18.7ppg 2.7rpg 1.2spg)
This award always seems to go to a guy who emerges as the team's top scorer after previously playing a role. Brandon was at the forefront of Cleveland's early success and only narrowly missed out on an All-Star selection with the Eastern Conference. Too bad Cleveland fell away so badly towards the end...
Defensive Player: [DEN] Borislav Perko (3.4bpg 0.7spg 10drpg)
If he wasn't a lock for the MVP trophy, Borislav Perko was a sure thing for the Defensive Player of the Year. He changed games with his shot blocking and recorded 10+ blocks in 3 games.
Rookie of the Year: [MIN] Dorgan MacDonald (3.7ppg 3.1rpg 1apg)
With this award looking like it'd go to one of Denver's Three Jays, Dorgan MacDonald "Schneidered" this one. Dorgan's numbers aren't pretty to look at, but he played 82 games in a post-season team. Could be a contender for next season's most improved player.
Sixth Man: [POR] Liam Koch (11.4ppg 3.6apg 0.8spg)
With Wyatt Walsh the starting point guard for the Blazers, Koch has embraced his new role as the instant offense off the bench. This is the same guy who dropped 50 against the Nuggets in the 23-24 season, so he adds an X-Factor that most teams don't have in their reserve unit.
All-NBA First Team
[LAL] Archie Sheehan
[DEN] Borislav Perko
[NOH] Hobbes MacDonald
[NJN] Nicholas Schneider
[LAC] Dickey Freeman
All-NBA Second Team
[SAN] Gordon Wilkins
[DEN] Stan Griffiths
[NOH] Caleb Vick
[SAN] Dickey Hogan
[GSW] Johnny Williams
All-Defensive First Team
[LAL] Archie Sheehan
[DEN] Borislav Perko
[NOH] Hobbes MacDonald
[DEN] Taylor MacKenzie
[OKC] Willie O'Neal
All-Defensive Second Team
[GSW] Crawford Wilson
[MIN] Bongani Malinga
[NOH] Caleb Vick
[SAN] Dickey Hogan
[PHX] Sergio Carlos
All-Rookie First Team
[MIN] Dorgan MacDonald
[DEN] Jim Simon
[DEN] James Palmer
[DEN] Julian Chandler
[LAC] Casper Legrand
All-Rookie Second Team
[ORL] Luc Brady
[WAS] Clement Ward
[MEM] Pat Legrand
[ATL] Newton Hicks
[TOR] Sly Smith
A STANdout player in his Rookie season, Stan's sophomore campaign was that of a role player. His numbers were down across the board, but it was due to the dominance of Borislav Perko and Taylor MacKenzie stepping up as the main scorer. Griffiths had fewer attempts, but managed to score 12 points per game as a result of shooting .617 from the field.
His efforts earned him an All-NBA Second Team selection, which signifies that his selection with the first overall pick has been justified.
Two quadruple-double games, a triple-double in season averages, a league leader in 3 categories and the Defensive Player of the Year; Borislav basically did everything to get another MVP trophy, but was denied by Nets' star Nicholas Schneider.
11.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 10.9 assists and 3.4 blocks - those are stats of a game changer.
He only averaged 6.8 points per game in the season, but there's a reason why he's a coach's favourite. Dennis plays great defense, takes charges and is an underrated shot blocker. He's quick enough to stay with point guards and long enough to guard the big men. Anderson had another great season without creating many headlines.
T-Mac took his 2024 playoff run and extended it into this season. He averaged 19.9 points and was the league's leader in steals with 2 per game. He was also the best in Denver as far as three point percentage is concerned as well (.352). As the reigning Finals MVP, MacKenzie heads into the 2025 post-season in better shape than he was the previous time around.
With his late season rise, it's hard to believe that Palmer has only played 49 games. After a huge game following his Rookie Challenge MVP, the Nuggets saw enough potential in Palmer to trade away former All-Star Steven Hunt for a pick and an IR filler; so far, Palmer hasn't let anyone down. He averaged 13 points and 4.3 assists per game in his rookie season, which was good enough to see him make the All-Rookie First team, along with two other Denver players.
His shooting consistency needs to be worked on, shooting just .307 from beyond the arc, but he definitely has a bright future ahead of him.
At age 39, Dwight is still a headache for the opposing team on both ends. Still one of the most physically dominant centres in the league, he could easily play an extra season, which would make him surpass Robert Parish and LeBron James in the years played tally. ONE MORE YEAR!
It looked like Rose was set for retirement at the start of the season, missing lots of shots and not getting to the rim like he could in his prime... but he managed to find his range as the season progressed. His value on the bench was another factor in making Steven Hunt expendable.
Was a bit of a lost cause at the start of the season, but like Rose, he improved during the season, by taking better shots and attacking the rim. He has incredible athleticism, but lacks range on his shot. Once he develops that, he has the potential to be as good as his hero, Taylor MacKenzie.
The Nuggets experimented a lot with different lineups during the season and the main player affected was Vince MacMahon. In the previous season, he won the 6th man award, but in this one, he missed out on 19 games as Denver were testing the likes of Jim Simon, James Palmer, Derrick Rose and Julian Chandler.
He comes off contract during the off-season and since Rose and Westbrook are probably going to retire, the Nuggets face the possibility of losing three of their point guards.
On draft night, he was compared to Adam Morrison. It seemed like an unfair comparison, but post-all-star weekend, it was looking fairly accurate. After a dynamic start to the season, Simon's shooting percentages ended up being woeful. He shot 39% from the field, which included a disasterous 21% from beyond the arc.
We saw flashes of brilliance earlier in the season, so we all know what he's capable of. Will Denver stick with him like they did with T-Mac?
The other G had a solid rookie season, scoring 6.7 points a game off 60 percent shooting. Offensive efficiency is something he has in common with his brother, but unfortunately, athleticism isn't. I had to wonder at times whether he could even dunk... and he's 6'11!
I think his athleticism will ultimately lower his ceiling, but he'll be a solid rotation centre in an excellent side.
Donnelly was third in a power forward rotation behind Borislav Perko and Stan Griffiths; so it's safe to say that he wasn't going to get a lot of love this season. He generally picked up minutes when either player got in foul trouble or when games got stupidly blown out. He's a better player than that though. He plays a lot bigger than he actually is; he's an excellent rebounder and a surprisingly good post scorer. He just happens to be on the same team of possibly the greatest power forward ever and a rising star.
This season had a brief case of Liamsanity, but with his lack of size and strength, he was never really likely to be a part of Denver's already strong centre rotation. Heading into free agency after the completion of the post-season, Leopold's future with the Nuggets is dependent on whether Howard retires or not. Even still, he's likely to be third string centre behind the Griffiths brothers.
In what's probably the last stop in his career, Westbrook has shown signs of rejuvenation with the Nuggets. He had a couple of 20+ point games and his defense made him leap-frog Derrick Rose in the rotation temporarily. It's unlikely that he'll play much in the playoffs, but if all goes well, he should end his career with a second ring.
Never really got much of a chance to showcase his skills. Denver's power forward rotation of Perko, Stan and Donnelly is solid and it's hard to see Mitchell getting any minutes in the playoffs. Will likely head to free agency.
megarover wrote:Soooo the dude on a 40 win 7th seeded Nets wins MVP over the guy that AVERAGES a triple double on a 68 win team. Funny stuff. I didn't know Stan was that good though.
Andrew wrote:Perko was robbed, but it looks like the seal has been broken on the quadruple doubles. I'm thinking we might see it happen a couple more times, now that the pressure is off and all.
I'm picking you to sweep the first round, the first step to another Nuggets championship.
Mavs4Life wrote:BS on Perko not getting MVP. DPOY will have to do, and very nice showcase on that Rookie Team. You'll sweep the 1st round, and Mavs will upset the Hornets!
megarover wrote:SWEEEEP!! T-Mac had a pretty smooth series going on. What numbers did he put up during the regular season?
Houndy wrote:Palmer has been ballin
Mavs4Life wrote:T-Mac going off, with Palmer playing Hero. Go get that ring!
The X wrote:I think series might have been a lot tougher had you not pulled out game 1. Got your Perko jersey IRL yet?
Andrew wrote:Called it, sweep. Looks like Game 1 served as a bit of a wake-up call but it certainly got you in gear.
Taylor MacKenzie: 26.5 ppg
Tom Coles: 21 ppg
Tim Banks: 27.2ppg 8apg
James Palmer: 21ppg 5apg
Andrew wrote:Could be a tougher series this time around, but I'm predicting it won't go past five games, if indeed you don't pick up another sweep.
megarover wrote:Nuggets in 5. Maybe 6. I don't see this team testing you too hard in this series.
Mavs4Life wrote:Not going past 4 o 5 if you ask me.
Lamrock wrote:Good luck against the Kings. I predict a sweep.
Axel. wrote:Surprised I haven't missed a page or more's worth of TNL in my absence, but I'm finally caught up. Great job with Perko's second QD, just a shame it had to come against the Rockets. Him not winning MVP is definitely controversial, but the Nuggets winning the championship sure won't be. Good to see you get off to a great start to the playoffs.
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