Mile high, mile deep

The Nuggets have no superstar but plenty of depth. So can they win it all?

Originally Published: April 18, 2013
By Bradford Doolittle | ESPN The Magazine
JaVale McGeeGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesThe team that dances together plays together -- hence the Nuggets' pregame ritual.

HERE'S A LITTLE argument on behalf of the starless Nuggets: It's a mid-March game against the Bulls in Chicago, 16.9 seconds left in overtime, and the Nuggets are desperately trying to extend an 11-game winning streak. Denver trails 118-116 but has the ball, and coach George Karl is drawing up a play in the huddle during a timeout. On the opposing bench, Tom Thibodeau, the NBA's top defensive mind, is considering how to stop him.