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The Nuggets have been able to flex their depth muscles with regard to the loss of point guard Ty Lawson as they await his return.
Danilo Gallinari won’t be coming back this season, though. The man who was the Denver Nuggets’ leading scorer for much of the season suffered a torn ACL on April 4 against the Dallas Mavericks.
His wasn’t Denver's first season-ending injury. Point guard Julyan Stone suffered a knee injury in March, but he only appeared in four games as a sophomore.
Fortunately for the Nuggets, who have been regarded as the NBA’s deepest team by TNT analyst Charles Barkley, is perhaps best equipped to deal with the loss of a small forward. Wilson Chandler and Corey Brewer are both 12-point-per-game scorers this season with experience starting and playing 30-plus minutes in the not-too-distant past.
Chandler played 34.5 minutes and scored 16.4 points per game as a member of the New York Knicks in 2010-11. Brewer played 30.3 and scored 13 a night for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2009-10.
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