-Sigh- As Denver Nuggets fans all we can do is shake our heads and wonder if we should have waited till the end of the season to resign Lawson. Not in the sense that Denver would have thought twice about offering him a contract, but more so because I’m almost convinced that there’s some form of governing entity in the NBA that just won’t allow a player to perform well after hauling in a big pay day. Well, unless it’s James Harden.
Lawson is shooting an atrocious 37% on the season, and is having literally the opposite of the career year we all anticipated. Fortunately he’s still dishing out a little over seven dimes and notching two steals a game, which is more or less the only thing we have to cling to at this point.
Among point guards he ranks 23rd with 11.8 points per game, nuzzled right between the likes of Nate Robinson and Greivis Vasquez. As opposed to last season when he ranked 7th and was within the top-tier company of Tyreke Evans and John Wall.
Lawson currently ranks 27th in field goal percentage, if qualified would rank 34th in three point percentage, and is 31st in free throw percentage at 55%. I’d say those numbers might be just slightly less than what you would like to see from your franchise point guard who just signed a four-year, $48 million dollar deal.
His struggles have been on full display over the last three games as he’s averaging 7.3 points, 5.6 assists, and 4 turnovers coupled with 26% shooting from the field and 17% from beyond the arc.
Lawson will now look to find his rhythm and bounce back Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves Nov. 21st. You can watch it live at 8 PM ET on NBA TV.