Zeke Nnaji’s season was cut short by a knee injury that ruled him out for the remaining two months of the year. At the beginning of the season, he showed some promise as a spot-up shooter. But due to bilateral knee pain, he could not play for the last two months of the year.
Nnaji stepped into a more significant role when Michael Porter Jr. went down early in the season lot bigger job inside the pivot. However, he was always genuinely unable to hold onto the job. Because of certain deficiencies on the edge end of the floor and, at last, his very own physical issue. The impact on the offense he had on the team when he was on the floor was impossible to ignore.
Nnaji led the squad in 3-point % among rotation players. And was an ideal offensive complement to Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon due to his ability to spread the floor. Nnaji has had trouble getting on the court in his first two seasons is worrisome as he enters Year 3. While Porter, Gordon, and the two Greens are already on the roster and playing ahead of him, it’s hard to see how he’ll fit in.
Top moment of the season for Nnaji
Nnaji’s best moment of the season is unquestionable. On December 4th, he had a 14-point effort in the team’s victory against the New York Knicks. With 21 focuses on 7-of-13 shooting, including 5-of-9 from 3-point range. Zeke brought his flamethrower to the arena after coming off the bench. Nuggets fans talked about Nnaji and Jokic’s fit since Jokic assisted on two of Nnaji’s five points and threw the ball to him for two more 3-point tries that missed.
This score would be significantly lower if I considered Nnaji’s injury problems this season. Instead, I’m concentrating on his on-court performance. Nnaji fulfilled all of his responsibilities from the previous season to this season. Whenever he was on the court, he moved along his field goal and three-point shooting percentages while improving his rebounding.
Let’s take a look at defense as a negative from this season. For starters, Nnaji’s Defensive Box Plus/Minus dropped this season from -1.1 to -1.6, and his foul rate was too high at 4.1 fouls per 36 minutes. He has to improve his defense or stop fouling, but under Michael Malone, fouling is an easy way to be sent to the bench.
What are the prospects for Zeke future?
The third-year forward from Arizona has a lot riding on this season. Nnaji may be playing for another agreement next season if the organization declines to take up his 2023-24 club option. If the team chooses to do so, they will have to decide whether to do so within the next few months. He hasn’t been in the arrangement adequately long to demonstrate his consistency despite some promising signs.