I think this is a good pickup. Anybody who watches the Nuggets on a regular basis knows that the reason they crap out every year in the playoffs is not because of bad defense. It's because of bad 3-point shooting. Chucky Atkins gives them what they didn't have last year: a veteran who is a proven 3-point threat. I think he'll flourish in Denver with all the open looks he'll get from AI and Melo.
Chucky was a good player four or five years ago; I haven't watched him much since then. He'll definitely chuck up shots, but his actual PG skills are underrated IMO. His defense is as bad as advertised though.
I'm not too concerned about their defense. It'll come around. It's common knowledge that when the playoffs roll around, defensive intensity increases. That held true with the Nuggets as well. The Spurs averaged 94.2 PPG on 44% in the series against Denver. That's a big improvement than in the regular season where their opponents averaged 103.7 PPG on 46% shooting. If they sign Eddie Jones, this would be their roster for next year:
They'll definitely have all the pieces necessary to contend for the title next year. The only 2 things I'm questioning Denver on is can they stay healthy and is George Karl the right coach to lead them to the championship. My guesses to both of those questions are no, but I hope I'm wrong.
Pretty good signing they get a back up PG and great shooting from the outside. There defense is not getting any better though.
Denver's defensive woes are so overrated its getting ridiculous.
Seriously. First of all early in the season their defensive statistics weren't great in part due to their best defender Kenyon going down and Nene hardly playing. Still they weren't terrible, it was their PACE. They were the highest paced team in the NBA by a nice margin, more possessions= more points for both teams, yet the Nuggets were top 10 in defensive efficiency and had a 60% winning percentage to boot.
Then comes the suspensions and the AI trade. Well during those suspensions nene was still an in and out player and Camby hurt his hand and missed some games, and there was no way that situation was going to help their winning or defensive stats. After the trade they had 2 new starters in Blake and AI, and really Nene didn't become a consistent starter til Feb. You can't just throw guys together and expect great offense and defense without enough practice or that thing called a training camp, and both sides of the ball struggled until they had time to gel. Which ended with them looking like one of the best teams in the league again on both sides of the ball, including winning a defensive battle with the Mavs. And also ended with them giving the Spurs their toughest series probably, atleast doing the best defensive job on them.
Oh, that doesn't even include the fact that they're getting their best defender back in Kenyon.