- Kevin Pelton, ESPN Staff Writer
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.
Trying to come up with a comparison for the Nuggets led me to the same exercise for the rest of the NBA's top teams. For the eight teams with a .600 winning percentage or better, I chose one past doppelganger. Although I started by using my database to search for teams since the NBA-ABA merger with similar offensive and defensive ratings (adjusted for league average), my comparisons also factored in pace of play, style, players at key positions and even narrative, where appropriate.
8dEthan Sherwood Strauss