Nuggets' vital sign: Healthy Camby

Marcus Camby must stay healthy for the Nuggets to compete for the West's final playoff spot.

Updated: October 2, 2003, 9:24 AM ET
By Chad Ford |
Editor's note: Here's a glimpse of the good -- and the bad -- that could happen to the 2003-04 Denver Nuggets.

Best Case Scenario
Three things need to happen for the Nuggets to win 40 games and compete for the eighth seed in the Western Conference this year.

1. Marcus Camby must stay healthy. The Nuggets have no depth in the middle, sporting Francisco Elson and undrafted rookie Chris Marcus as backups at center. Nene Hilario can play some five, but a lack of depth at power forward makes that problematic. Camby, as everyone knows by now, has never played more than 63 games in a season. Nuggets coach Jeff Bzdelik says Camby has been working hard all summer to get ready for the season. Camby is bulked up and, for the first time in a while, totally healthy. When he's playing, he's a top-10 center in the league and fits in well with the run-and-gun style Bzdelik is pushing this season. Given that this is also a contract year for Camby, don't be surprised if Camby avoids the injured list for ailments such as splinters and paper cuts this season.

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer