After starting their season by losing three straight games, the Denver Nuggets have dropped to No. 11 in the SB Nation NBA power rankings for Week 2. Seth Rosenthal believes that much of that has to do with head coach George Karl having too many options as far as his rotations go.
It'll take some time for Karl to find his regulars now that he's got a relatively healthy group that's changed meaningfully since last season. For now, the Nuggets' offense is functioning only in fits and starts and they've been dominated by opposing big men of all shapes and sizes. It's been ugly.
In losses to the Philadelphia 76ers, Orlando Magic and Miami Heat, big men have had their way with the Nuggets. Philadelphia center Spencer Hawes went for 16 points and 12 boards, Glen Davis of the Magic dropped 29 points and the Heat's Chris Bosh scored 40 against Denver.
On the positive side of things, the run-and-gun Nuggets finally got their offense in tune in the last game against Miami, scoring 116 in a three-point loss. Prior to that, they had only put up 75 points against Philadelphia and 89 against Orlando.
If Karl finds his go-to weapons, the Nuggets could find their way back into the top-10.