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Fantasy Basketball Team Analysis: 2011-12 Denver Nuggets

by on Sep.23, 2011, under Team analysis

Nene, Arron Afflalo, Kenyon Martin, Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson

This would've been a fun group to watch, but only two of these dudes are definitely returning for whatever is left of 2011-12. (Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Depth chart:
PG: Ty Lawson, Andre Miller
SG: Arron Afflalo**, J.R. Smith*^
SF: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler**^, Gary Forbes**, Jordan Hamilton
PF: Kenyon Martin*^, Al Harrington, Kenneth Faried, Melvin Ely*
C: Nene*, Timofey Mozgov, Chris Andersen, Kosta Koufos

* unrestricted free agent
** restricted free agent
^ locked into overseas contract with no opt-out clause

Relevant fantasy players and their projected draft positions/per-game stats:
- Nene, PF/C (Rd. 3): 60% FG, 70% FT, 15 Pts, 8 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk, 2 TO
- Ty Lawson, PG (Rd. 4): 48% FG, 80% FT, 1 Three, 17 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1.5 Stl, 2.3 TO
- Danilo Gallinari, SF (Rd. 5): 40% FG, 85% FT, 1.7 Threes, 16 Pts, 5.5 Reb, 1.5 Ast, 1 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 2 TO
- Arron Afflalo, SG (Rd. 7): 47% FG, 80% FT, 1.5 Threes, 13.5 Pts, 3.5 Reb, 2 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 0.5 Blk, 1 TO
- Andre Miller, PG (Rd. 10): 45% FG, 80% FT, 10 Pts, 3 Reb, 4.3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 TO
- Al Harrington, PF/C (Rd. 11+): 40% FG, 70% FT, 1.5 Threes, 11.5 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 0.5 Stl, 2 TO

Sleeper:
Harrington

Most likely to surprise:
Gallinari

Most likely to disappoint:
Lawson

Category specialists:
- Threes: Gallinari, Afflalo, Harrington
- Steals: Lawson
- Blocks: Andersen

Things to consider:
- how much Miller cuts into Lawson‘s minutes/production
- if Gallinari and Afflalo (if re-signed) can take advantage of bigger roles

Team’s statistical NBA ranks from 2010-11:
- Pts: 1st
- FGM: T-5th
- FGA: T-17th
- FG%: 3rd
- FT%: 16th
- 3PTM: 7th
- Reb: 11th
- Ast: T-10th
- TO: T-15th
- Stl: T-12th
- Blk: T-23rd
- Pace: 3rd
- Offensive Efficiency: 1st
- Defensive Efficiency: T-16th

Fantasy-friendliness for 2011-12: B

Bonus:
J.R. Smith clowns around

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