Carmelo Anthony aside, one of the most important players for the Denver Nuggets to focus on is the recently acquired Al Harrington, a six-foot-nine-inch power forward who plays the same position as defensive leader Kenyon Martin but brings an entirely different game, writes The Denver Post.
While Martin, when healthy, is tenacious and excels at stifling defense, as well as the occasional bucket, Harrington is a much more natural scorer, able to hit from the post or beyond the three-point line. Martin has averaged 13.9 points per game over his career, compared to Harrington's 14.1 points per game career average.
"With Al, we're going to have someone who is going to space the court, and defenders can't really double-team me in a pick-and-roll because of the fear of a pass-back for a three-pointer, so that's going to open up our offense a whole lot," says Chauncey Billups.
Meanwhile, the Nuggets are also impressed with the play of a guy most fans have never heard of: Gary Forbes, a six-foot-seven-inch former University of Massachusetts Amherst standout who came to the Nuggets' training camp as a free-agent invitee, which basically means that he was brought in as filler for the other players in practice, notes The Denver Post in a separate article. Apparently, Forbes might see some preseason playing time as a point guard, shooting guard, or small forward, giving Billups some rest as he regains full strength after his gold-medal run with Team USA in the FIBA World Championships over the summer.