As much as Nuggets executives, players and coaches like the roster that has been cobbled together, more than a healthy amount of curiosity is floating around about what shape the team will take. Who is going to play, and where, and how often? How good can the Nuggets be?

The latter question won't be answered until the 2013-14 season, when first-year head coach Brian Shaw gets his team on the court.

The former started to be addressed a bit after the Nuggets introduced their newest players, forward J.J. Hickson and guard Randy Foye, on Thursday at the Pepsi Center.

"We're not good enough until we start winning playoff series," Tim Connelly, the Nuggets' executive vice president of basketball operations, told The Denver Post. "I like the depth right now. I like that there is competition at all the spots. I think that tends to bring the best out of people. I love our frontcourt.

"We have five unique guys who can all really play, and they have complementary skill sets. Maybe we can gain an advantage when some teams go to the bench. I think you'd be hard-pressed to find a better collection — maybe we lack that one superstar — but collectively, I like what they all bring to the table.

"And it's time to see what some of the young guys can do. They've got to sink or swim. The only way to see what you have is by playing them. So we're going to evaluate some of our guys at summer league, see how they look. Certainly it's a unique opportunity for those guys. They've got to take a step forward."

Hickson has experience playing power forward and center. At 6-foot-9 and 242 pounds, he was an undersized starter at center for the Portland Trail Blazers last season but ended up averaging 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds.