After a breakout year last season, the hopes were high for Ty Lawson coming into the 2012-2013 season for the Denver Nuggets and its fans alike. The Nuggets were able to swing a deal to bring in Andre Iguodala as a wingman which was going to take Lawson to the next level. He had All-Star written all over him.
The start of the season however, he was anything but.
Lawson averaged just 13.1 and 14.1 points in November and December respectively to start off the campaign. Lawson was struggling from the field hitting just .403 and .414 percent over the same months. It was obvious that the team was trying to gel and its leader wasn’t doing his part.
Fast forward to the current, and Lawson is looking like the player the Nuggets and fans thought he was going to be this year. He is one of six Nuggets averaging double-digits in points and has been red hot over the past month.
To start off the new year, Lawson sat out with a strained achilles tendon. Lawson admitted that the injury has been nagging him for a little while, but he finally decided to get it seriously looked at.
It looked to be just what the Dr. ordered.
In January, Lawson’s points per game shot up to 18 and his shooting is just a tick under 50 percent at .497. In his past seven games, he’s been able to eclipse the 20-point mark five times.
In the two games he didn’t break 20 points, Russell Westbrook was guarding him with a little bit of Thabo Sefolosha mixed in.
While he’s still getting his teammates involved in the game, Lawson has shown why he’s one of the brightest point guards in the league with loads of potential.
While the Nuggets didn’t have an All-Star this year, look for the University of North Carolina product to be on the Western squad for years to come.