The Denver Nuggets were a part of one of the least talked about trades on the night of the 2013 NBA Draft. While everyone else was talking about picks being swapped and all of the madness that entails, as well as the Brooklyn Nets acquiring Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nuggets were busy dealing Kosta Koufos, their starting center from last season, to the Memphis Grizzlies.
In exchange for Koufos, the Nuggets received power forward Darrell Arthur, a player who gives Denver much needed depth at the position. Though giving up Koufos seems like somewhat of a steep price, acquiring a player like Arthur seemed like a solid move for the Nuggets to try and remain in the playoff-picture.
Through the Nuggets’ first four games in the preseason, though, Arthur hasn’t been near the player that Denver needs him to be for the upcoming season. In fact, Arthur has been pretty close to downright bad in the preseason.
In their first game of the preseason, Arthur played 15 minutes and scored only six points on 2-5 shooting while grabbing just two boards. In game number two, he finished with just three points and four rebounds in 13 minutes while shooting just 1-6 from the floor. It didn’t get any better in the third game as Arthur put up four points and five rebounds on 2-6 shooting. In their latest game, he put up only four points and three boards on 1-5 shooting.
Arthur has been inefficient and in his limited time with the Nuggets thus far, which is hardly what they need from him. They need Arthur to come in and be a solid force both on offense and on the boards. Essentially, they need him to do everything that he hasn’t done yet in the preseason when the regular season gets underway.