Film Room: The Ty Lawson-Randy Foye 3-point connection (video scouting report)

The Nuggets don’t have any shooters.”

Even as the 2012-13 Nuggets were working towards their most successful season in franchise history, there could be heard (as is always true in sports) some recurring complaints and criticisms from both fans and analysts. Prevalent among these was Denver’s lack of shooters, and with the acquisition of 3-point specialist Randy Foye, the team sought to address that need.

At the beginning of the season Foye got off to a somewhat slow start, but proceeded to settle in fairly quickly and start delivering on the promise of bringing some reliable perimeter shooting to the Nuggets’ arsenal. So far this season, among players with ten or more points per game, he is 10th in made 3-pointers per 36 minutes. (Nate Robinson is 17th, and the last on the list). And while Foye’s limited point production and .376 3-point percentage prevent him from joining the ranks of the elite gunners, he’s adroitly performing the task he was brought to Denver to do.

And, as we shall see in the video and analysis below the jump, Ty Lawson is playing a huge role in helping him get the job done. In fact, 70 percent of Foye’s shots have been assisted by Lawson, including 72.6 percent of his 3-pointers. And many of those assist have been among Lawson’s most impressive this season. (more…)

Scouting Report: Denver Nuggets vs Sacramento Kings

The regular season is upon us, ladies and gentlemen. On Tuesday six teams began their 2013-14 campaigns and the altered roster of the Denver Nuggets will go through their initiation Wednesday evening. The first confrontation of the year will come in the form of the Sacramento Kings.


How Anthony Randolph Fits With the Denver Nuggets

Who is Anthony Randolph?

Randolph is a player who just completed his fourth season in the NBA.  In those four seasons he has played for three different teams and all three teams have been content to let him go.  Do me a favor and do not judge him based on that introduction. (more…)

JaVale McGee Scouting Report

Few NBA players are as heavily branded with a reputation as JaVale McGee.  He runs the wrong way.  He tries to dunk from too far away.  He is a knucklehead.  Of course there is more to the story.  He may not be the second coming of a certain Hall of Fame center as George Karl intimated after the game last night, but he is a talented player with a lot going for him.

Searching for a more complete profile I reached out to Kyle Weidie from the TrueHoop Network Wizard’s blog Truth About It.  Kyle was very generous in providing a more in depth summary of McGee than Youtube does, although Youtube is indeed useful as you will see below (I especially encourage you to read about his mom).


Faried Takes Provo By Storm

Kenneth Faried has played his first game as a Denver Nugget.  Of course, the blue trim on his jersey was several shades darker than the light blue the Nuggets are now known for and he was not running alongside Ty Lawson, Arron Afflalo and Nene.  He was part of the Jimmer All-Stars who suited up in Provo, Utah on Thursday, September 22nd.

Kalen did a great job of documenting the overwhelming consensus of Faried’s physicality from those who witnessed his performance.  However, I have had Dish Network for years and happened to recall one of the many channels I have never watched was called BYUTV.  It donned on me that seeing as how Jimmer Fredette is as important to Utah as Paul Bunyan is to Minnesota and Jeffrey Dahmer is to Wisconsin, they probably televised the game.  Lo and behold, despite the fact we are smack dab in the middle of football season I was discovered a replay of the game and was able to view the Nuggets new acquisition with my very own eyes.