Will Danilo Gallinari play more power forward this season?
Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari finally looks healthy again after multiple knee issues and plenty of missed time over the last few seasons.
After a great performance for his home country Italy in EuroBasket, the Nuggets have to be excited about having the 27-year-old be a leader for a team with plenty of intriguing young talent.
One aspect of that leadership for Gallinari may be his willingness to play multiple positions. Although he's played the strong majority of his career at small forward, this season new head coach Mike Malone may want to move him to power forward quite a bit.
Here's what Malone told Scott Howard-Cooper at NBA.com:
“Remember, I went over to Italy and watched him for a week as they prepared for EuroBasket with his team,” Malone said. “He showcased the ability to play pick-and-roll and handle the ball. He's 6 foot 10 and there is, offensively, not a lot that he can't do. His ability to shoot. At the end of the season last year he had those two 40-point-plus games. He played at a very, very high level to end the year last year. We're going to try and let him use all the strengths he has as a player. I think ball handling and playing pick-and-roll, especially when he's a four, we're going to play small ball at times, I think that puts a lot pressure on opposing defenses.”.