In Denver’s most recent meeting with the San Antonio Spurs on Feb. 13, former Nugget Joffrey Lauvergne came off the bench and put forth a monster 26-point, 11-rebound effort. The Nuggets still managed to hang on, but Lauvergne’s big game, which came while San Antonio was without its two best players, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge, made it close.
“Yeah, we developed him,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone joked. “He learned all that here.”
Lauvergne, a 6-foot-11 big man from France, averaged 6.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in two seasons with Denver. His Feb. 13 outburst was another example of a Spurs player outperforming expectations. The Spurs are known for getting the most out of their players. It’s what’s allowed them to make the playoffs 20 years in a row.