The Denver Nuggets suffered a big blow two weeks ago after star point guard Jamal Murray tore his ACL in his left knee which ended his season, and probably the next one.
Jamal Murray left the game after an injury to his left knee pic.twitter.com/ddEEMg9A4c— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) April 13, 2021
Since then the 24-year-old guard has been recovering and already underwent surgery to fix his knee.
In his absence, Facundo Campazzo has had to take a more active role. Over the last eight games, Campazzo’s started six times and has been productive for the Nuggets.
The 5’10, Argentinian Floor General was averaging 5.5 PPG, 1.7 RPG, 3.3 APG in 20.4 MPG for the season before Murray’s injury.
Since then, Campazzo has averaged 8.9 PPG, 2.8 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.3 SPG in 30.6 MPG. He’s also putting up a plus/minus rating of +4.2.
He had a strong game against the New Orleans Pelicans, where he scored 19 points with 10 assists, six rebounds and two steals in 6-9 shooting from the field, to help them grab the, 114-112, win.
Campazzo’s game is a perfect fit for the Nuggets, and with young stars taking the lead, his veteran leadership is making a positive impact. He may be a rookie in the NBA, but the 30-year old is a real veteran, having won the EuroLeague twice with Real Madrid in 2015 and 2018.
His passing and basketball IQ are great assets as well and his toughness is something that will come in handy during the playoffs.
He’s never going to be a complete replacement for Murray, but for now, he’s doing a pretty good job. We’ll have to see how he performs in the postseason.
What do you think about Campazzo? Do you think the Nuggets will be successful in the playoffs with Campazzo running the point? Sound off in the comment section!