The Denver Nuggets had a relatively successful NBA Trade Deadline as they were able to not only cut ties with veteran point guard Andre Miller—something they desperately needed to do—but were also able to secure a replacement in veteran Aaron Brooks.
Brooks’ debut came this past Friday against the Chicago Bulls and, though the Nuggets fell 117-89, Brooks played well. He put up 17 points on 7-11 shooting while adding one assist and one rebound. However, on Sunday Brooks played his second game with Denver—this one against the Sacramento Kings—and he didn’t enjoy nearly the same success.
In 32 minutes, Brooks put up nine points and eight assists, which isn’t terrible. However, when you consider that he put up those numbers while shooting just 3-12 from the floor and turning the ball over five times, it’s hardly what you call a successful night at the office.
To make matters worse, the Nuggets fell to the Kings on Sunday night by a score of 109-95 to make it two consecutive losses for this team trying to make their way back into the playoff hunt. However, that’s not going to happen as long as Ty Lawson is out and Brooks is running the show in Denver.
While Brooks is a solid addition to Denver, he’s best suited to be coming off of the bench and providing a flurry of offense behind a guy like Lawson. As the guy leading the charge for this Nuggets team or any other team, though, he just doesn’t affect the game in enough ways for the team to rely on him.
It’s a lot to ask of Brooks to come into a new system and just take the reins, but it’s pretty clear from jump-street here that the Nuggets need Lawson back from his rib injury as soon as possible if they are to have any shot at making it to the postseason. If Lawson can get back to action relatively soon, though, then I think we’ll see how valuable Brooks can be to this team.