In 2020-21, Facundo Campado took the Denver Nuggets by storm when he became an integral piece following the injury to Jamal Murray. He endeared himself to Nuggets Nation with his defensive energy and flashy passing, earning himself a spot in the rotation in 2021-22.
When the new campaign began, Campazzo picked up right where he left off. Defensively, he helped lift Nuggets perimeter defenders to a higher level, while making life slightly easier on Nikola Jokić and Aaron Gordon.
His scoring output also saw a slight bump in the first half of the season, with some impressive performances to his name. As the season progressed, Campazzo's role shifted to more of a leadership role.
Though his minutes decreased towards the latter half of the year, no one can deny Campazzo's impact on the Nuggets in 2021-22.
Campazzo's Season Timeline
Campazzo's on-court abilities shined brightest during the first half of the 2021-22 campaign. After his steady performance during the 2021 NBA Playoffs, Campazzo became a regular rotation player as Murray continued to recover from his injury.
He reached an average of 22.3 minutes per game in his first 40 appearances, continuing that same energy and passing flare that made him so popular the year before.
Campazzo had a performance that many NBA players can only dream of in their second season when the Nuggets faced the Houston Rockets on Jan. 1, 2022. In 34 minutes of play, Campazzo finished with 22 points, 12 assists, five steals, four rebounds, and two blocks, a truly complete effort.
Less than two weeks later, Campazzo struck gold again, scoring 18 points, dishing another 12 assists, and nabbing four steals on Jan. 13 against the Portland Trail Blazers. Both of these performances came in massive winning efforts.
Campazzo's minutes began to decrease on Jan. 28, as he played in just 19 of the team's final 35 games. And after a one-game suspension for Game 1 of the Nuggets' first round series against the Golden State Warriors, he played in limited minutes for Games 2-5.
Facts and Figures
The Argentinian guard appeared in 65 games for the Nuggets in 2021-22, starting in four of them. In that time, he averaged 18.2 minutes per game.
Campazzo finished with statistical averages of 5.1 points, 3.4 assists, and 1.0 steals on 36.1% from the field, 30.1% from three, and 76.9% from the free throw line.
Among players with at least 20 games played, Campazzo was No. 1 on the Nuggets in steal percentage and No. 2 in assist percentage behind only Jokić. He also had the team's second highest defensive box plus-minus behind Jokić.