"As Ty goes, so go the Nuggets."

How many times have we heard that phrase used in description of this Nuggets team?

When Ty Lawson signed a 4 year, $48 million dollar extension with the Nuggets on Oct. 30th of this year, the expectation from the front office to Denver Stiffs alike was that Ty would take the next step to becoming an All-Star caliber guard. He would have a full 82 game season in front of him, alongside a healthy Andre Iguodala, JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried, even tweeting after the acquisition of Iguodala "Looks like I'm a be throwing oops to the moon this year lol" [sic]. He finally had the keys to the Lamborghini, so to speak, and was free to put this Nuggets team into sixth gear.

Instead, he seems to have stalled the engine, and they're in the middle of a proverbial Colfax Avenue at 9-10.

There's just something about Ty that I can't quite put my finger on. I look at point guards like Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, even Goran Dragic, and from them I see something that I'm just not seeing from Ty Lawson yet. Call it whatever superlative you like: grit, hustle, gamesmanship, intensity, drive, desire ... leadership? But those starting point guards are truly in command of their respective teams. They've stepped into the role of running the offense as soon as the ball's in their hands, and they know that they need to put up starter quality performances night in and night out for their teams to be successful.