Will Barton expected to play for Nuggets vs. Suns
Head coach Michael Malone said earlier this week that Will Barton is still a couple of weeks away from suiting up for the Nuggets. However, he seems to have changed his mind. Per Mike Singer of Denver Post, Malone said that he will consider playing the 28-year-old forward, albeit depending on his condition before tip-off.
Michael Malone: Will Barton went through parts of shootaround. If he looks good again pregame, "we'll definitely see if we can throw him out there tonight."
— Mike Singer (@msinger) January 12, 2019
Barton has been out since Oct. 20 after undergoing surgery for his core and hip muscle injuries. He played in only two games for the Nuggets this season, the last one against the Suns as well. It was during that match when Barton picked up his injury, eventually forcing Denver to cart him off the court.
Denver signed Barton to a four-year deal worth $54 million over the summer. He was expected to be a volume scorer off the bench or as a starter for the Nuggets.
In the 2017-18 campaign, Barton had his best year after averaging 15.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.0 steal in 81 games. He also shot well last year, making 45.2 percent of his shots overall, 37.0 percent of his triples and 80.5 percent of his free-throws.
The Nuggets are 28-12 so far this season, no.1 in the Western Conference standings. Barton’s return should only help them deepen their rotation as they make a push to finish at the top of the conference and make it to the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.