Well, it's officially NBA season for the casual fan. How do I know this? Because all of my casual NBA fan buddies have been texting, calling, and asking me in person about these 2012-13 Denver Nuggets and if they really have a chance once April rolls around.

Among my friends, I'm obviously the "go to" nerd to ask about the Nuggets and it's not because I'm a hoops expert. My friends and family know that I haven't missed many Nuggets games since 2009 - when I took over SB Nation's Pickaxe and Roll - I guess that would make me an expert of sorts, but I feel like I've learned more about the game of basketball this season than any previous one.

You know when you start a job and everything seems sort of foreign and then one day you realize that you could do your job in your sleep? Well, I feel like with basketball that the game has slowed down for me and I've taken notice of so many other things going on during the game. I've met a lot of new people this year and talking hoops with them has opened my eyes quite a bit. But I also learn a ton by talking with you all and reading the comment sections on Denver Stiffs.