Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kosta Koufos Is A Person

And that's about all I can say. In the same day that they extended Danilo Gallinari, the Nuggets went out and locked up Kosta Koufos for 3 years and 9 million dollars. Let's just say I don't get it. Koufos does one thing well: he rebounds. Other than that he fouls and turns the ball over at an alarming rate and in his 113 minutes this year he has not assisted a single basket. Not one. Even Tyler Hansbrough will accidentally assist someone in 113 minutes. He's a big body, but Timofey Mozgov protects the rim better (no matter how viciously Blake Griffin dunked on him one time). He is young and I suppose Denver is looking to further solidify their youthful foundation.

The thing I really don't get, though, is that he only plays 10 minutes per game. There's somewhat of a logjam in the frontcourt at the moment with Nene, Al Harrington, Birdman, and Mozgov all ahead of Koufos in minutes and Kenneth Faried potentially moving his way in. Three million seems like a lot to pay for a fifth big off the bench. Financially, the Nuggets did save a nominal amount of money by locking Koufos up before he would have hit restricted free agency and required a qualifying offer. However, Koufos is going to have to play a lot more minutes at a productive level in order to justify this signing.

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