Denver Nuggets Would Have Benefitted if Evan Fournier Had Gotten to Play in Eurobasket 2013
The Denver Nuggets added two talented guards this off-season in the wake of Andre Iguodala declining his player option. They landed Randy Foye as part of the sign-and-trade that made Iguodala’s eventual signing with the Golden State Warriors possible and they were also able to agree to terms with Nate Robinson in free agency.
However, as we head towards the start of the 2013-2014 NBA season, though, the Nuggets’ guard play is still kind of a question mark. Obviously Nate-Rob has a history of inconsistency over his career as does Randy Foye. Ty Lawson is an effective player, but his legal troubles are still up in the air at this point. As of right now, it seems like second year player Evan Fournier could find minutes this season.
As a rookie with Denver last season, Fournier didn’t see the floor much as he played in just 38 games and saw the floor for only 11.3 minutes per game. In that role, though, he put up solid numbers as he averaged 5.3 points and 1.2 assists per game while also shooting 49.3 percent from the floor and 40.7 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Fournier split time at both guard positions, but seems to have more of a future as a shooting guard rather than a floor general. However, Fournier isn’t getting the chance to play in high-level competition right now as he wasn’t selected to play for France in Eurobasket 2013.
Fournier would really benefit from playing in the competition if he had the chance. At just 20 years old, he’s still developing the skills to become a more effective guard at the NBA level. Playing against international competition would help him to do so.
There’s no doubt that Fournier can still develop into a solid contributor for the Nuggets in the future and possibly this season. He’s a talented scorer and has the size and skills to cause problems for opponents. However, Eurobasket might have helped him to get there a little bit faster.
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