How contenders compare to past

Originally Published: March 20, 2013
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider
Denver NuggetsDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesDenver, without any true "stars" on its roster, is difficult to compare to any teams of the past.

The Denver Nuggets pose a problem for NBA analysts. Usually, we act as historians, looking to past precedent to figure out how teams will perform in the future. But there's never been a team quite like the Nuggets -- not even the Denver squads that have lost in the opening round of the playoffs the past two seasons. The Nuggets' current 13-game winning streak has lifted them into territory rarely seen by a team without a current All-Star, and Denver's nightly dominance of points in the paint is also unique.