The Denver Nuggets have struggled for most of the season to the tune of a 16-14 record for the young season. They have always been an extremely deep team for NBA standards and at times have had struggles finding their best lineup.
One guy who has not played nearly enough is center JaVale McGee. If you remember, the Nuggets acquired McGee before the trading deadline last season in a blockbuster deal that saw the team send Nene Hilario to the Washington Wizards. McGee is only averaging 19 minutes per game this season which is a disgusting number to look at. Why is a guy that talented playing less than 20 minutes a game? It makes no sense and head coach George Karl has to be of blame for this. In those minutes, he is averaging 11 points per game and 5 rebounds per game. Those are insane numbers for a guy playing so little.
One of the main questions that is quite baffling is why is Kosta Koufos playing 22 minutes a game? The guy is a backup center on most rosters and has no business playing more than a guy as talented as McGee is. Only a few years ago it looked like he was on the verge of super stardom as a building block for the Wizards. It looked certain that he would get close to a max deal and it would have seemed foolish to see him in another uniform. The Wizards grew sour on him and Denver took a chance.
McGee is a really talented player and should be playing more for the Nuggets. His athleticism and shot blocking ability is second to none and would really help this team with more playing time.
Rob Lunder covers the NBA for Rant Sports. For all NBA news go to the league homepage on Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @rlunder18