The last few years have been trying for Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari. Knee problems forced him to miss the entire 2013-14 season and part of the 2014-15 campaign, but Gallinari finally began to look like his old self after the All-Star break last season.
Now playing for Italy at EuroBasket, Gallinari’s strong play has continued this summer. In his first game of the tournament, he notched 33 points on 9-of-10 shooting while going 14-of-15 from the free throw line. It came in a loss, but it was an impressive performance nonetheless.
In his latest big effort, Gallinari went for 25 points and nine rebounds in a thrilling 89-82 overtime victory over Germany on Wednesday. He played a major role during an Italian fourth-quarter comeback, drilling a game-tying shot in the final seconds to send the game to overtime before Italy came away with the win:
Through four games, Gallinari is averaging 22.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 62.2 percent overall and 38.5 percent from three. He’s also taking a whopping 11 free throws per game and shooting 91 percent from the line.
The Nuggets have to be happy seeing Gallinari perform at such a high level after handing out an extension this summer. There have been some trade rumors involving the forward, and this strong play will only help build up his trade value. On the other hand, his efforts could just make Denver feel good about him as part of its future.