The Denver Nuggets have been a team that attacks the post at an alarming level. They lead the NBA in points in the paint and it’s really not even close between them and the second-placed team in the league. Fast-breaks and getting the ball to the interior has been how they’ve managed success. However, what could really propel them to the next level would be a true outside scoring threat to complement their play on the interior.
Coming into this season that player was supposed to be Danilo Gallinari. Gallinari is widely regarded as the best pure shooter on the Nuggets’ roster. The problem is that Gallinari has had somewhat of a rough season. On the year he is averaging 16.4 points per game, but is shooting just 41.7 percent from the field and a decent 37.9 percent from three. That’s not awful; however, it’s certainly not what Denver had hoped to get out of him this year.
Gallinari’s season in regards to his efficiency has been an up and down battle. He started off the season shooting very poorly, but then had a couple of weeks where he shot well. Then he seemed to plateau for the most part. He wasn’t lighting the nets on fire, but he wasn’t throwing up brick after brick, either.
Over the past few weeks, though, Gallinari has definitely been throwing up a large number of bricks, which is surprising considering that they just ended a 15-game winning streak. In Denver’s last 10 games Gallinari has averaged only 14.6 points per game. Even worse have been his shooting percentages of 34.8 percent from the field and 36.2 percent from three. That’s absolutely atrocious for anyone, much less the supposed best shooter on a playoff team.
The Nuggets have been just fine with Gallinari playing poorly over the past few weeks. In fact, they’ve been rolling despite his poor shooting. However, with the postseason inching closer the Nuggets have a chance to possibly make a run at the NBA Finals. That’s not going to happen, though, if they can’t get shots to fall from Gallinari.