The Denver Nuggets have had a really confusing off-season, probably the most befuddling of any NBA team. Not only did they fire George Karl, the reigning Coach of the Year, and lose general manager Masai Ujiri, the reigning Executive of the Year, but they also lost one of the biggest assets from last season in Andre Iguodala and haven’t made many signings this summer.
However, one addition to their roster that they did make was guard Randy Foye. Foye came over to the Golden State Warriors from the Utah Jazz and was then flipped to the Nuggets as part of the Iggy sign-and-trade. Now Foye will likely be a big bench player for Denver, largely because of his outside shooting ability.
Last season with the Jazz, Foye was relatively underwhelming as a player. In 82 games last year he averaged 10.8 points, two assists and 1.5 rebounds in 27.4 minutes per game. However, Foye shot only 39.7 percent from the field, but he was able to shoot a more than respectable 41 percent from long-range.
Though Foye is an inefficient scorer overall, he’s an above-average three-point shooter. For his career he has shot 37.7 percent from three. Considering that the Nuggets were one of the worst three-point shooting teams in the league last season, ranking 25th in the league with a team percentage of just 34.3 percent.
Foye will be valuable to Denver in that he can come off of the bench and provide an offensive spark. There may not be much else that he can provide, but he will be able to give the Nuggets’ second unit another dimension with his shooting ability. Granted, he and Nate Robinson have similar skill-sets, but that’s a lot of offensive potential with those two on the floor off of the bench. It may be ugly at times, but the Nuggets will see some sparks at times with those two players.