Denver Reunites With Chris Anderson

Posted by Sean Stancill | Friday, July 25, 2008 | 0 comments »

The Denver Nuggets signed PF/C Chris Andersen to a one year deal, close to $885,000 Thursday after Andersen had been banished from the league because of an relapsing drug problem.

Another move made by Nuggets President Mark Warkentien scheming towards slicing player personnel costs while still attempting to gain mediocre talent.

The reason for the signing: Solely to provide another big body for the Denver Nuggets for a small price, after they lost depth and defense by trading Marcus Camby to the Clippers.

Andersen was banned from the league during the 2006 season but was reinstated and starred in five games last season for the New Orleans Hornets, averaging 1.2 PPG and 1.8 RPG.
While Chris Andersen is a high energy player, however, energy is irrevalent if you can't score.

The 2004-05 season, was kind to Andersen as he averaged career highs in points and in rebounds with 7.7. PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.1 BPG while playing in 65 games for the New Orleans Hornets.

Chris has career averages of 5 PPG, 4.7 RPG, and 1.3 BPG/

The Nuggets now have a frontcourt that resembles this:
PF/C Nene
PF Kenyon Martin
C Steven Hunter
PF/C Chris Andersen

Between Kenyon Martin, Nene, and Andersen the trio has only played in 64.2% of their games over the past three seasons, and their combined time missed from the court?
Injuries and other reocurring issues have claimed 176 games from them and from their teams, the Nuggets and the Hornets.

This will be his second installment with the Nuggets, and if Andersen is able to stay healthy and focused during his one year tenure in Denver, he should be a solid contributor to a team just beginning a rebuilding phase.