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Nuggets’ Will Barton edging closer to return, but out vs. Hornets on Saturday

Will Barton, Nuggets, Hornets

Denver Nuggets small forward Will Barton is getting closer to return to the basketball floor, but he is going to miss Saturday’s game against the Charlotte Hornets.

Will Barton underwent surgery on Oct. 23 on his right hip and has been out of action ever since. He’s being listed as day-to-day by the Nuggets.

Will Barton only appeared in two games this season before he suffered his hip injury. He averaged 16.5 points in those two apperances.

Even without Barton, who is a great volume scorer, Denver has the best record in the Western Conference entering Friday. The Nuggets are 25-11 on the season. Once Barton returns to the lineup, the team’s offense is going to be even more explosive.

Last season, Barton averaged¬†15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 45.2 percent from the field, 37.0 percent from beyond the arc and 80.5 percent from the free-throw line. Barton’s productive season earned him a new four-year, $54 million deal with the franchise in the offseason.

Torrey Craig has done a solid job starting for Barton. He’s averaging 5.5 points and 3.7 rebounds in 31 games this season.

Barton isn’t the only Nuggets player who has dealt with an injury this year. Shooting guard Gary Harris and power forward Paul Millsap both just returned from separate lower body ailments.