With injuries taking out two of the Denver Nuggets’ starters, they have obviously had to make several changes in their rotation so that they can maintain their success and potentially remain competitive when the NBA Playoffs begin. One of those changes has been giving Wilson Chandler more minutes, a move that has been highly publicized recently.
One move that hasn’t received as much publicity, though, is the insertion of rookie Evan Fournier into their rotation. Lawson’s injury opened up a hole at the guard position coming off the bench since Andre Miller is now the starting point guard. Over the past week or so, Fournier has been the guy who has filled that hole, and has done so incredibly well.
Over his last four games, Fournier has averaged 21 minutes per game, well above his season average of 9.3 minutes per game. Through the last four games, he has averaged 14.3 points, three assists, 2.3 rebounds and two steals per game while shooting 55.3 percent from the field and 38.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Fournier, in this increased role, has shown he is more than capable of succeeding on both sides of the ball and can come off the bench and be productive. He has been an exceptional backup guard overall, much less for a rookie who hasn’t had many opportunities throughout this season.
With talks that Andre Iguodala is probably going to leave Denver after this season, the recent play of Fournier has to be comforting to Nuggets fans. He’s not near the athlete or defender that Iguodala is, but he has shown that he has the ability to affect the game in a number of ways. As he grows from getting more experience, Fournier seems like he has a bright future in Denver.