The Nuggets are 6-5 in March and while they may not seem like a big deal, it is for a team who was 3-9 in February. Yes, Denver does have five losses this month but, they lost each of those games by an avg. of 5.2 points. More importantly, Denver beat the Heat, Mavericks and Clippers so far this month, while also having a good showing in Portland against the Trail Blazers. The Nuggets are also 4-1 at home this month and have scored at least 110 points in seven games.
A big reason for the Nuggets improved play in March, is guard Aaron Brooks. Denver acquired the former Oregon star, from the Houston Rockets for forward Jordan Hamilton last month. Brooks has been a solid addition to the team and seems to be thriving under coach Brian Shaw. He has provided a spark off the bench for the Nuggets, doing a very good job of filling in for injured guard Nate Robinson. In fifteen games this season with Denver, Brooks has averaged 10.9 points, 4.9 assists, 2.6 rebounds, and 0.9 steals per game. He is also shooting 36% from the three point line and 88% from the free throw line, while putting up similar scoring numbers to Robinson and averaging more assists. Brooks is also coming off his best performance of the year against Detroit, where he finished with 27 points, a career high 17 assists, 6 rebounds and shot 52% from the field.
Now, Brooks is set to be a unrestricted free agent after the seasons over and I think Denver should bring him back. I know sometimes Brooks can be a streaky shooter and turnover prone, while he also has had some durability issues in the past. However, I think he is a valuable asset to this team, who fits in Shaw’s system and gives the Nuggets some flexibility at the point guard position. Both Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson, have battled with injury issues all season. Most notably with Lawson suffering a broken rib that kept him out nine games and Robinson tearing his ACL, causing him to miss the remainder of the season.
Keeping Brooks, would give the Nuggets some insurance in case Lawson or Robinson go down again next season. He also gives Denver a ton of speed to utilize in the backcourt, primarily at the point guard position. Coach Shaw would also have a ton of versatility in what combinations he can play at the guard positions. Brooks also gives the Nuggets another scorer off the bench, a player who can consistently knock down perimeter shots, gets to the rim and who is a veteran, with twenty five playoff games under his belt. I think Brooks could find a home here in Denver and the Nuggets, could keep him for a very reasonable price.