Reggie Jackson has been in different roles throughout his 11-year career in the NBA. I think the Nuggets should see if he’s still capable of making plays as the leader of the bench unit. The last part of the regular season could be the chance for that type of action, as the team seems to be in groove in the last two months. The starters will need to receive fewer minutes as we’re getting deeper in the regular season, especially after the All-Star game.
I believe the Nuggets should look into ways to integrate their newly-acquired depth. Reggie Jackson had played as the main offensive initiator at different times during his career. Maybe, a lineup with Jackson, Braun, KCP, Cancar and Thomas Bryant could be a potential option for Michael Malone. Jackson will need to create for others in this 5-man combination, and Malone will have the time to see if there is any potential.
Bryant can create a nice dynamic with Jackson as a big who can score the ball and get loads of rebounds in the process. Creating a dynamic bond between them could be key for the Nuggets to keep their stars fresh for the postseason. I don’t see how Malone could integrate that lineup in a playoff game, but it will be beneficial for Denver to see if they’re a chance to create a strong bench unit.
Bench mobs can also be key in the playoffs with a team like the Phoenix Suns for example. Phoenix gave up all of their role players to acquire Kevin Durant and as we saw, bench depth was key for championship teams in the last few years, especially in playoff series that went in 6 or 7 games. Having players that can make your team stay afloat or win in limited minutes during the postseason is vital, so the Nuggets should look into every possible way to create an advantage against their opponents.