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Nuggets Sign Coby Karl, Son of Coach George Karl

The Denver Nuggets have signed Coby Karl, along with the already known Brian Butch, according to a D-League press release.

While playing for the Idaho Stampede, Karl averaged 19.3 points, six rebounds and 4.9 assists along with contributing 1.4 steals in a backcourt that also included former NBA guards Andre Barrett and Donell Taylor.

I was never the highest on Karl this season because of his shooting percentages - 43% from the field and 31% from 3-point land - but Karl's peer, and Ridiculous Upside's resident player-blogger, had good things to say about him in his end of season wrap-up earlier in the week:

Give me Some Love Award:  One of the forgotten guys in the D-League lately has been Coby Karl.  I am a huge fan of his game and he plays the game the way it should be played.  Coby has a great basketball IQ but what people don't realize is he is much more athletic than people give him credit.  He can play both guard spots and can shot the 3-ball with regularity.   Also, how many can say they played with LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Shaquille O'Neal?  There no is reason why he shouldn't be in the NBA right now.

His defense is also pretty solid.

While this move is probably more to wrap-up his rights for the Summer and the ensuing preseason than to have him actually contribute for the rest of this season, I'm all for it.  He'll play hard, push everyone around him and is used to being in a suit watching a good team - he played just five minutes for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season before being released at the contract-guarantee deadline.  He's also had stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and this season's Golden State Warriors.

Interesting side note: He becomes the first man ever to play for the NBA team coached by his father, according AOL Fanhouse's Chris Tomasson.