The Denver Nuggets handed Ty Lawson the key to the franchise when they signed him to a four-year, $48 million extension before the 2012-2013 season. The move is turning out to be a wise one for the Nuggets.
Lawson averaged 16.4 points and 6.6 assists last season after taking over the starting point guard position full-time for the Nuggets and is producing similar numbers this season, but Lawson has stepped his play up to another level over the last month. In February Lawson averaged a team-leading 23.3 points, 8.4 assists and only committed 2.3 turnovers in 12 games, leading the Nuggets to an 8-4 record for the month. Lawson also shot .503 from the field and got to the free throw line over seven times per game, which is a testament to how aggressive Lawson was attacking the basket instead of settling for jump shots.
Even more impressive was that seven of the Nuggets 12 games in February were on the road, with Lawson averaging 24.5 points in those contests. The Nuggets were only 3-4 in those road games, but the losses shouldn’t be attributed to Lawson. He’s carried more than his fair share of the weight for the Nuggets lately. The rest of the Nuggets need to follow his lead and step their play up.
On paper it may appear that Ty Lawson’s 2012-2013 campaign is statistically less impressive than last season but when you break it down, Lawson has been extremely steady for the Nuggets. Lawson has taken a larger leadership role for the Nuggets and has remained productive in the process. The Nuggets are in great shape with Lawson running the show.