Season Review: Joffrey Lauvergne
After practice throughout the year, Joffrey Lauvergne could typically be found still in the gym, working on his jump hooks, drop-steps, face-ups, jump-shots, and other post moves. If there’s one thing that we know about the young center, it’s that he works really hard on his game.
In 17.6 minutes per game this season, Lauvergne averaged 7.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 51.3% shooting from the field. It hasn’t all been easy for Joffrey though. He was hampered by a back injury and the Nuggets are deep at the power forward and center positions with Kenneth Faried, Jusuf Nurkić, and Nikola Jokić.
Lauvergne had also never played the center position before this season.
"I was playing the five," he said, "and I've never played the five. Nurkić gets back, and at the four there's already two guys. So I knew it when Nurk came back I was going to play much less because Jokić was playing very well, and both of them are very young."
Despite the Nuggets depth in the frontcourt, Lauvergne certainly took advantage of opportunities when they came. He played well in December, posted three double-doubles and averaged 10.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in the month.
Joffrey’s effort certainly wasn’t lost on Nuggets head coach Michael Malone.
“What I love about him is what fans and most media don’t see; how hard he works before practice, off days, after practice. The guy is really, really committed to improving as a player,” Malone said. "That’s who we’re trying to be. That’s the kind of culture we’re trying to create, a work culture. And Joffrey really embodies that.”
Keep doing work, Joffrey.