New York Knicks: Players Who Need To Step Up Against Denver Nuggets

Mar 8, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur (00) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 8, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) controls the ball against Denver Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur (00) in the first quarter at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) reacts during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 22, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Knicks guard Brandon Jennings (3) reacts during the first half against the Portland Trail Blazers at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Brandon Jennings

Position: Point Guard
Age: 27 (9/23/1989)
Experience: 8th Season
2016-17 Slash Line: .381/.301/.784
2016-17 Season Averages: 23.4 MPG, 8.0 PPG, 5.2 APG, 2.8 RPG, 0.9 SPG, 1.0 3PM

Whether or not Derrick Rose plays, sixth man Brandon Jennings will need to have a stellar performance on the road. Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone is a master of drawing up plays for his point guard, as well as finding ways to disrupt his opponent’s efforts.

If the New York Knicks hope to secure a victory on the road, then Jennings will need to either complement Rose or fill in as a high-quality replacement with a stellar performance.

Jennings is currently averaging 12.4 points, 8.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 1.5 3-point field goals made per 36 minutes. He’s been the Knicks’ primary facilitator and one of the most dynamic scoring threats on the roster.

If nothing else, the Knicks will need Jennings to create for others and enable the offense to live up to its full potential.

The most ideal turn of events would be for Jennings to find his form as a scorer. He posted 19 points against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers, 16 points against the Cleveland Cavaliers, and had 13 points and seven assists in a second game against the Kings.

If the Knicks can get that type of performance out of Jennings in Denver, the Knicks should improve to 15-12.