Jason Hart – Making Denver Nuggets History

Jason Hart will always hold a special place in my heart as the report that the Denver Nuggets were going to sign him was shared with the world by Nuggets bloggers. Due to the closing of the Rocky Mountain News Chris Tomasson had no place to report the story so he turned to Andrew at Denver Stiffs and myself to get the news out. It was the first, but hopefully not the last time Nuggets news broke over the blogosphere.

As exciting as his arrival was Hart made very little impact on the Nuggets. He only more than four minutes on two occasions and never played more than eight minutes.

I was a fan of Hart’s when he came out of Syracuse. I thought he could be a serviceable backup point guard in the NBA and he was a solid contributor for a couple of teams earlier in his career. When we found out he was going to be a Nugget I wondered if the plan was to have him take over as the backup point guard for Anthony Carter in the 2009-10 season.

At this point I think the chances of that are unlikely. The only area Hart would provide an upgrade over Carter would be with his shooting ability, but that would be like trading your walkie-talkie for a vintage 1985 25 pound cell phone. Sure the cell phone is better, but not nearly as well as you need it to and good luck keeping up with the folks using BlackBerries and iPhones.

As with Sonny Weems, Hart has value simply due to his ability to fill a roster spot at a cheap price, but I do not expect to see him back with Denver next season.

Hart is a part of Nuggets history, but I bet he was hoping for being remembered for his play on the court instead of how the news of his signing broke.

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  • runningdonut

    No. The Nuggets need to get some kind of direction going with the backup PG spot. AC has signed 2 minimum deals in a row and I believe we only got Hart for insurance purposes.

    Ever since letting Blake go, PG has been a cheap afterthought for this team. Part of that was because we had Iverson, but there’s no longer any excuse for it. Get someone legit here to backup Chauncey, let AC and Hart go fishing for minutes elsewhere. I will be very disappointed if the Nuggets don’t make a good effort to upgrade at PG.

    He’s better than AC, but shouldn’t play major role for the Nuggets barring a doomsday scenario I don’t want to imagine