Denver Nuggets begin new season looking to challenge for top spot in Western Conference

Nuggets begin season at Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Re-sign JaVale McGee? Check.

Ink Ty Lawson to a new contract extension? Check.

Make an impact trade to sure up your defense? Check.

With all those pieces in place, the Denver Nuggets embark on a new season where many expect them to challenge the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder for the Western Conference title.

The Nuggets finished the regular season at 38-28 last season and had a strong showing against the Los Angeles Lakers before falling to them in 7 games in the first-round of the playoffs.

During the offseason the Nuggets added former 76ers guard Andre Iguodala to their roster as part of the blockbuster deal that sent former Nuggets Al Harrington and Aaron Afflalo to the Orlando Magic.  Former Laker Andrew Bynum went to the 76ers and centerpiece Dwight Howard to the Lakers.

The Nuggets also used their first-round draft pick on Evan Fournier.

One of the biggest questions marks will come from JaVale McGee. Denver traded for the athletic big man just before last season's trading deadline. In Game 3 against the Lakers in the playoffs, he scored 16 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. In Game 5 McGee also had a dominate performance as he scored 21 points and had 14 rebounds. The Nuggets rewarded JaVale with a 4 year, $44 million deal in the summer.

But questions remain on whether McGee will blossom into a dominate big man in the league or revert back to his old habits when he was with the Washington Wizards?

Those questions will be answered beginning Wednesday night when Iguodala faces his former team, the 76ers at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia.

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