George Karl, Is an Eight-Man Rotation Right for the Denver Nuggets?

November 27th, 2009 by Rich Kurtzman Leave a reply »
Today Benjamin Hochman reported that Anthony "Carter gets lost in bench shuffle " and that, "Now that J.R. Smith is back from suspension, the Nuggets normally play three guys off the bench—Smith, Lawson and Chris Andersen."

Really, this is nothing new, as George Karl has played mostly with an eight-man rotation for the last couple of years—but is the approach effective?

Sure, the starters have to get their large amounts of minutes—the big four (Melo, Billups, Nene, K-Mart) all average over 31 minutes per game, but they do need their rest.

I realize balancing the minutes of an entire NBA team must be difficult and frustrating, but it seems that getting nine or 10 players on the court a night helps two-fold.

First, injuries happen, in the NBA, it's a fact of life. Now, I would absolutely love it if every one of the Nuggets stayed healthy for the entire season, but it's probably not going to happen. 

And if someone is injured, others must be ready to step up and play. While Carter is not as skilled as he once was, taking all of his P.T. will make him a liability if and when he is needed. Malik Allen is the Nuggets four ...

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