Whether an NBA team has key superstars that carry the team through each and every game, or the team is made up of a solid group of men that thrive on teamwork, there is always one constant in a successful squad: solid bench players. The Denver Nuggets have shocked many people this year and their success can be attributed to solid bench players like forward Al Harrington and guard Andre Miller.
The Denver Nuggets, along with Harrington and Miller individually, have become sort of an anomaly in the league and to themselves.
Denver doesn’t possess the big ticket superstar that franchises strive on having on their roster, but still remain a force in the league. They lead the league in PPG (104.6) yet don’t have a player that averages over 20 points per game.
Statistically, Andre Miller is having one of the worst seasons of his career. He is scoring 4.4 PPG less than his career average. Not to mention he’s had a hard time adjusting to his non-starting position.
Al Harrington, standing at 6-foot-9, has never set the rebound-stat line on fire (5.7 RPG career average). His scoring average this year is above his career average, but nonetheless not his best.
Even with stats that will not compare to those big-name superstars, the Nuggets keep winning, and their players continue to put up solid fantasy numbers.
What Miller lacks in scoring he makes up for averaging 7.0 assists per game and 1.25 steals per game. Harrington, still not a rebounding force, is third on the Nuggets on PPG. This makes Harrington the go-to-guy coming off the bench for Denver.
Either addition to your team will pay off simply due to the fact that Denver doesn’t have a superstar who will always get the ball. The team is well balanced and loves to spread the ball around to the guy with the hot touch.