Ty Lawson Returns to Starting Lineup, Denver Nuggets Resume Winning Ways
Ty Lawson was back in his usual starting status on Sunday afternoon, and the result was familiar as he led the Denver Nuggets to yet another victory. This one was over the plummeting Portland Trail Blazers 118-109 as Lawson had a double-double with a dozen points and 10 assists. There are several other point guards in the NBA that get more pub and love than Lawson, but he is becoming an extremely legit asset.
This season the Nuggets are 47-24 when Lawson plays and that projects to a 55 win team which would be the most in franchise history. I love the consistency of his game as he averages 17 points and six helpers per game at home and also the same on the road. In his four seasons in Denver, the Nuggs have been a top-3 team for scoring points every season (106 points per game this season).
This season Lawson will make $2.5 million, but then his four-year $48 million extension kicks in. At the time of the extension signing, it may have looked a bit iffy, but when you consider it is the same type of extension that DeMar DeRozan inked and you look at Lawson’s continued quality play, we see it is a great deal for all involved. This guy is a gifted point guard who can beat you from downtown and has ball handling skills that allow him to attack the rim on the regular too. He plays at a speed that the Nuggets want to be at. The franchise is in good hands as they battle in the t-o-u-g-h Western Conference.