Has there been a better team at finding real talent at the bottom of the roster the last few years than Denver? A couple of years ago it was Von Wafer, who they let go to Houston. He didn't do much in Denver, but in Houston got 19 minutes and 10 points a game. Not bad for an end of the roster guy. Now on a two year, $10 million contract in Europe.
Last year it was Birdman and D. Jones. Birdman played well enough to earn a midlevel contract from Denver. Denver gave Jones an opportunity to prove himself, and despite some dirty plays, he is averaging 17 points and 4 rebounds per game.
This year it's Afflalo who is looking like he might play himself into the midlevel exemption.
The nuggets FO really deserves a pat on the back. Yes, Billups has been the biggest addition, but can you imagine where the team would have been without Bird, Jones, and AA? Players off the scrap heap that make important contributions to a contending team.