BTBP NBA Power Rankings: December Edition

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Nov 22, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone talks with guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) during the second half against the Golden State Warriors at Pepsi Center. The Warriors won 118-105. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

26. Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets were left with a more complete rebuild to undertake than most other teams around the NBA, and as a result this season was always going to be a tough one in the Mile High City. Mike Malone has lot of raw, young players to try and mold in his first season with the Nuggets and that in itself is a process.

With Jusuf Nurkic out injured, we’ve already seen glimpses of more talented international big man in Denver, with Joffrey Lauvergne and Nikola Jokic both impressing in the early running. The Nuggets need Emmanuel Mudiay to grow into a franchise point guard, but at least early on there’s been no evidence to suggest that that would be beyond him.

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