Last night ESPN’s Marc Stein talked to a bunch of scouts to get their takes on a lot of NBA early season happenings for Stein Line Live.
Stein talked to an Eastern Conference scout on why the Nuggets turnaround has happened. The answer was mostly that Denver was running again, though the part that sticks out most is the scout’s take on JaVale McGee.
“The other big reason they improved is because JaVale McGee went down. I hate to say it, but that’s been a bonus for them. They were originally trying to go inside-out with McGee, but they aren’t built like that. I think that’s why [Ty] Lawson was out of whack, but Brian — to his credit — saw that they didn’t have the post presence to play that way and let them go back to what they’re good at.”
Plenty of people had mentioned in the comments and on Twitter that the JaVale injury could have been helping Denver but to see a scout say it just emphasizes the problems that Denver can face when McGee gets healthy. With so much money invested in JaVale it is hard to see the Nuggets just giving up on him but if such a big part of the turnaround is just his absence things can get confusing and difficult when he is healthy enough to play.
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