Marlowe Blog: Quick scouting report as Nuggets prepare for Samsung Summer League
By Chris Marlowe
It’s been two months and 25 days since the Denver Nuggets played a basketball game. That changes Saturday when the Nuggets Summer League team tips off in Las Vegas against the Toronto Raptors.
Earlier this week, I had to opportunity to watch our Summer League squad work out. It was very informative.
My first impression was that this team could be pretty good. At first glance, the Nugs have talented guards, plenty of players with overseas experience, and a go-to guy in third-year forward Quincy Miller.
It is a big summer for Miller. Still only 21 years old, Q would like to demonstrate that he has arrived – and that he can be a regular part of the rotation. Miller can do that by assuming command and setting the tone at both ends of the floor. It’s his summer league team. Let’s hope Miller Time is now.
It also will be fun to watch the Nuggets starting backcourt in Vegas.
Erick Green, a Nuggets draftee two years ago, will start at the point. Green had a good season in Italy and looks to be much improved. He led the nation in scoring his senior year at Virginia Tech so he can put the ball in the hoop. Now he has to show that he can run a team. If he can have a super Summer League, there is an outside chance Erick could make the Nuggets as the third point guard.
Green’s running mate in the backcourt will be one of Denver’s first-round draft picks – Gary Harris of Michigan State. Gary was one of the best shooters AND defenders in this year’s draft. He fell to the Nuggets at No. 19 in part because of his size (he’s listed at 6-foot-4 but might be closer to 6-2). Harris is going to get a big opportunity in Summer League and I’m expecting him to be one of Denver’s leading scorers.
Brawny big man Halil Kanacevic is another candidate to start. Kanacevic played collegiately at St. Joeseph’s and went undrafted in 2014. He is looking to impress and catch on with some NBA team. Kanacevic is a glue guy – rough and tough – but he has a deft passing touch and sets some of the best screens West of the Pecos. You’ll like him.
Finally, former Colorado Buffaloes guard Carlon Brown was very impressive. He could be the surprise star for the Nugs Summer League team. Last season, playing in Israel, he averaged just under 20 points for Hapoel Tel Aviv. Carlon is a 6-5 shooting guard and should get plenty of run in the Summer League.
A couple of other tidbits:
It looks like first-round draft pick Jusuf Nurkic, 6-11, 280, will not participate in Summer League due to a commitment to the Bosnian National Team. However, I have learned that it is very likely that Jusuf will be in Denver this fall and be a part of the Nuggets roster.
A little birdie told me that he saw Nate Robinson dunk the other day!
Apparently his rehab is going well which is very good news for the Denver Nuggets.
Be sure to check out all of Denver’s Summer League games – along with pregame and postgame coverage – live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. Check your local listings for the dates and times.