The Nuggets were ranked No. 9 in Marc Stein's rankings, sitting behind four other Western Conference teams in the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 2), Oklahoma City Thunder (No. 3), San Antonio Spurs (No. 4) and Los Angeles Clippers (No. 5), making the Nuggets the best of the rest in the west.
Stein is wary of the Nuggets regretting being part of the reason the Lakers turn into a juggernaut but their first focus will be Iggy and JaVale McGee having big seasons alongside the development of the rest of the roster.