A look at the Nuggets’ major five helps put things into perspective, and apprehend the stability of the Nuggets. Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. haven’t known a team other than Denver since they’ve been in the NBA. Aaron Gordon? Only another formation (Orlando), where Kentavious Caldwell-Pope knew three teams (Pistons, Lakers and Wizards) before finally landing in Colorado.
Behind them, on the bench of the Nuggets, a man smashes all records in this area: Ish Smith. Including the trade with “KCP”, from Washington and in exchange for Will Barton and Monte Morris, this one has known 13 different teams since its debut in the league in 2010.
” It’s a great adventure, a long journey. 13 years, 13 teams “Summarizes the substitute leader, who has never played more than 219 games with the same team. It was the Pistons. ” To get to this stage and this level is really, really positive. I’m very excited, but we still have four steps to go. I’m like a kid who doesn’t really realize I’m in it until it’s over “, Continues the 34-year-old player who thanks the “ Lord for this course.
” I think I’ve been on 45 different teams “, exaggerates Ish Smith before stopping on a frankness which marked him particularly: “ One of them was Charlotte. Have Mike (Michael Jordan) as an owner, meeting him… it’s funny because that’s what I grew up with (note: the Bulls), the NBA on NBC. It was a surreal moment to see MJ and sign with him. »
He had only stayed about thirty games last season in North Carolina before resuming his journey in spite of himself, since he had been traded to the Wizards.
The key to its longevity, despite this perpetual motion? ” This is the most important thing I try to tell others: don’t take anything personally. Whatever people tell you, take it as constructive criticism, try to improve, and keep moving forward and forward. »
Move forward and if possible quickly. Ish Smith claims to still have speed under the hood, even if he has had little opportunity to demonstrate it since the start of the playoffs (only about ten minutes played in all).
” I’m still going pretty fast so we’ll see. We’ll see. For now, I’m taking advantage of the situation, and as long as I’m here, as long as they want me to come back here or somewhere else, I’ll stay here. […] Until they turn off the lights and tell me not to come back, I’ll be there. You will still see number 14 running fast. »
” He embarrassed me and Aaron Brooks in training “recalls also Kyle Lowry who rubbed shoulders with Ish Smith in his debut with the Rockets. ” He was too fast, I couldn’t follow him. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t like having to train against him. But if you go back and look at his journey and the things he went through, to finally get to this point, I can’t wait to see him and say hello. […] Sometimes there are stories that deserve people’s attention, because his is not very trivial. I’m sure he’s happy to live this moment. »
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How to read the stats? MJ = matches played; Min = Minutes; Shots = Shots made / Shots attempted; 3pts = 3-points / 3-points attempted; LF = free throws made / free throws attempted; Off = offensive rebound; Def= defensive rebound; Tot = Total bounces; Pd = assists; Fte: Personal fouls; Int = Intercepts; Bp = Lost bullets; Ct: Counters; Points = Points.