One of the lesser talked about trades of the 2013 NBA off-season happened on the night of the draft when the Denver Nuggets traded away Kosta Koufos to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for power forward Darrell Arthur. Though some people questioned trading away Koufos, all that matters now is how Arthur will fit in and perform with Denver in the 2013-2014 season.
Last season with the Grizzlies, Arthur appeared in 59 games and averaged 6.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 0.6 blocks in 16.4 minutes per game, while shooting 45.1 percent from the field. He provided Memphis with a solid option off of the bench to backup Zach Randolph.
Arthur will undoubtedly be playing as a reserve for the Nuggets in the upcoming season as well. Kenneth Faried has established himself in the past two seasons as one of the most explosive and exciting young forwards in the league and Arthur isn’t going to take any minutes away from Faried. That doesn’t take away the importance of Arthur to this team, though.
Faried is a rebound machine and an offensive threat at the rim and in transition with his elite athleticism, but his style of play results in him wearing down at times and also getting into foul trouble occasionally. Because of that, Arthur will have a consistent role off of the bench coming on to relieve Faried.
Arthur isn’t going to be called upon to be a dynamic playmaker or even provide all of the things that Faried does. However, Arthur has to come in and not disrupt the flow of the Nuggets offense. He has to bang on the boards, has to score efficiently and can’t be a liability defensively. If he’s able to do so, losing Koufos won’t seem like nearly as big of a blow.