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

Posted: 27th November 2009 by Rich Kurtzman in NBA
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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 benchùSmith, 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 yearsùbut is the approach effective? Sure, the starters have to get their large amounts of minutesùthe 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 ...

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