News in the NBA is super slow in the middle of the NBA Lockout, but lately there has been a little talk about the Nuggets, the NBA and the current NBA lockout.
A little humor to start things off
Gary Finkler has some great sports related cartoons on his website 7th Inning Sketch. Everything is free game for Finkler, with some great cartoons on NBA and NFL lockout, NHL, MLB and the U.S. Women’s World Cup soccer team.
But none is better than Barack Obama and Roger Goodell. It tells the truth of two very frustrating situations that have currently been handcuffing the country lately.
Importance of not losing Nene
Basketball Prospectus looked into the effect of losing Nene in free agency would have the Nuggets. As they pointed out that Nene was the most important part of the puzzle after the Carmelo Anthony trade and losing Nene would really put a question mark on the Nuggets frontcourt.
The website lost a little credibility when it suggested that Chris Andersen would start, which is a very unlikely scenario for the Nuggets due to Andersen’s role off the bench.
But they did point out some good points, especially the lack of experience that Timofey Mozgov and Kosta Koufos have. Both could be good, but nobody knows for certain due to their lack of experience. Kenneth Faried quite possibly be another Dennis Rodman or Ben Wallace, however, at the same time he could flop and be another Renaldo Balkman. Nene is the only guarantee the Nuggets have in the frontcourt and losing him means you take a step back from being able to compete to being a lottery team.
One thing that is being overlooked is if Nene really is interested in more money, then it helps the Nuggets. They have his bird rights and even if he doesn’t return they could move him for another piece of the puzzle. The scary thought is if Nene doesn’t want to return to Denver it will leave a big void on Denver’s roster.
Gallo one of top small forwards
Danilo Gallinari is still a step below the elite small forwards like Anthony, LeBron James and Paul Pierce. However, he just continues to improve his all-around game.
Before last season, Gallinari was known just for his shooting and many questioned if that was all he was. But last season he added a piece to his game and made it a point to attack the basket and get to the free throw line.
Steve Fall, aka Stats Man on Twitter runs www.sportsresource.net and tweeted the other day that Gallinari had the highest ratio of free throw attempts per field goal attempts for NBA small forwards. Even higher than James and Anthony. Falls official tweet was this,
In 14 games with the Nuggets, Gallinari averaged 7 free throw attempts a game on 9 shot attempts. The previous year averaged below 4 free throws a game on 11 field goal attempts. It is one aspect of the game that Gallinari has really improved on.
Gallinari still has to improve other parts of his game, rebounding, defense, consistency and conditioning. But at 23, he has proven to be a great student of the game.
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