With Gallinari healthy and seemingly fit, the Denver Nuggets are reaping the benefits. That being said, there is always room for improvement, and George Karl wouldn’t complain if he were to get even more from his sharpshooter going forward.
Gallinari rose to fame as a member of the New York Knicks, after getting selected sixth overall in the 2008 draft, but he didn’t last too long in the Big Apple. As part of the deal involving Carmelo Anthony, Gallinari was shipped off to Denver.
The Italian immediately became an important contributor for the deep Nuggets, and this season he’s added even more to his game.
After averaging only 4.7 rebounds per game last year, he’s really banging the boards hard this season. So far he’s averaging 7.1 boards a contest, and that’s certainly been nice for Karl to have another big body willing to get rough in the post.
We got a little taste of what Gallinari is capable of last weekend when the Nuggets survived in double overtime to beat the Golden State Warriors 107-101. He played 48 minutes and finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, three steals and two assists. Gallinari hit three threes in the win.
Overall though, Gallinari probably isn’t too happy with the way he’s been playing. Though not a high-percentage shooter by nature, the Italian forward has been even worse this season, averaging just 31.1 percent from the field. He’s hitting only 22.0 percent from three, way down from his career mark of 36.1 percent.
The Nuggets live and die by their high octane offensive game, so Gallinari’s offensive struggles need to get sorted out soon. Denver has been mildly disappointing in the early stages of the season, going just 4-4 through their first eight games.
So, if Gallinari and the Nuggets want to start being profitable again in the NBA picks, they’ve got to pick it up.