The Nuggets have one of the top scoring benches in the league. The importance of this cannot be overstated because when the starters come out, the momentum has to keep up. The leader of that group for Denver? Will Barton.
Barton’s about to finish up the regular season setting career highs in points (14.9), rebounds (6.0), assists (2.4), and minutes (28.7). He scores in bunches and when the Nuggets most need it. He’s had seven 15+ point quarters tying him with the likes of Russell Westbrook and DeMarcus Cousins, and putting him only one behind LeBron James. Barton’s also clutch when it counts – he averages 5.9 points in fourth quarters this year, good for 11th in the league.
On Dec. 20, 2015, against the New Orleans Pelicans, Barton thrilled with a career-high 32 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists, making history as one of just six players to put up those numbers off the bench. Beyond that, he’s dropped 20+ points in 20 games this season, the most of any reserve.
Sixth Man of the Year? We think so.
Jonathan Huang | nba.com | April 8, 2016