Darrell Arthur has gone from one NBA West contending team to another. But the 6-foot-9, 235-pound forward is looking at his trade from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Denver Nuggets as a chance to have more of an impact as an NBA player.
Arthur has spent his time in the NBA usually coming off the bench the last few years, but in his rookie season with Memphis he started 64 games. He saw action in 59 games for the Grizzlies last season, started in three and averaged 16.4 minutes, 6.1 points and 2.1 rebounds a game. His numbers were down considerably in 15 playoff appearances for the Grizzlies, although he did average three boards a game in the first round and also three per game in the conference finals.
He came to the Nuggets as part of the trade that also involved sending Kosta Koufos to the Grizzlies.
Going to the basket with authority is among Arthur’s biggest assets, and he’s a fair offensive rebounder.
But Denver especially likes Arthur’s ability as an elite front-court defender. His athleticism allows him to defend the pick-and-roll very well. He also is able to spread the floor on offense, creating some space and give the Nuggets more opportunities offensively. The Nuggets also figure they will have more balance in their front-court with Arthur.
His best season, 2010-11, featured Arthur averaging 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. The following season he was out entirely from an Achilles’ injury, and it seemed at times last season that he hadn’t fully recovered from that. This could be a whole different season for Arthur if he stays injury free.