It’s been less than 11 months since Tim Connelly arrived in Denver as the new general manager/executive vice president of basketball operations for the Nuggets.

Within a week of joining the front office last June 17, he hired Brian Shaw as the team’s new coach and then jumped right into the NBA Draft and free agency. The pace hasn’t slowed much since.

“It seems longer (than 11 months), in a good way, because the comfort level has been easy to establish here,” Connelly said. “The organization’s been great, my colleagues are great and the city’s awesome. It certainly has been a whirlwind, but its pretty cool to feel so settled in a brief amount of time.”

In no way should “settled” be mistaken for “satisfied” or “content.”

Depleted by major injuries to forwards Danilo Gallinari and J.J. Hickson, center JaVale McGee and guard Nate Robinson, the Nuggets went 36-46 in 2013-14, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2003.

Starting point guard Ty Lawson and forwards Wilson Chandler and Darrell Arthur also missed significant time with injuries, preventing the Nuggets’ coaching staff and front office from getting a true evaluation on the team’s potential as contenders in the Western Conference.

The injuries, however, created opportunities for young players such as Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller, and they allowed Lawson and forward Kenneth Faried to take more responsibility as a leaders on the court.