2 Nuggets who are underperforming, 4 exceeding expectations at midway point of season

The Nuggets are back in title contention, but these players are performing unexpectedly.
Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic
Denver Nuggets, Jamal Murray, Nikola Jokic / Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
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Exceeding expectations: Reggie Jackson

The Nuggets signed Jackson last February after he was traded by the Clippers and bought out. Getting a veteran point guard who had 69 games of playoff experience was crucial. He played a key role in two different teams making the conference finals, including LA in 2021.

Things did not go as planned last season. He struggled to hit shots in the Mile High City and was not part of their postseason rotation. Jackson played just 18 total playoff minutes and was a non-factor.

Denver brought him back on a two-year deal in the offseason, and the 6’2 guard has been outstanding in backing up Jamal Murray. He made 14 starts while Murray was injured and helped the Nuggets win eight of those contests.

For the season, Jackson is averaging 11.8 points 4.3 assists, and 2.1 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game. He is shooting a career-high 47.0 percent from the field and making 37.9 percent on his 3-point attempts.

Reggie Jackson has not missed a game and is a key role player for the defending champions. He is their fifth-leading scorer and the engine of their second unit. The Denver Nuggets need Jackson to continue producing. So far so good for the 33-year-old coming off a disappointing 2022-23 season.