Some questions answered for Nuggets during NBA Summer League
A closer look at how Denver's roster fared in Las Vegas
How will Gary Harris adapt to the NBA game?
What did Erick Green learn during a season overseas?
What kind of leader will Quincy Miller be during his third visit to Las Vegas?
Which undrafted players will impress coaches and scouts at the Samsung NBA Summer League?
Those were among the questions on the table when the Denver Nuggets began a stretch of five games in seven days on the UNLV campus.
Though it’s impossible to come up with all the answers in just one week, plenty was revealed by the time the Nuggets packed up and headed back to Denver.
The Nuggets took 13 players to Las Vegas, and 11 averaged at least 10 minutes per game. In order of playing time, here is a look at how those 11 players fared:
The 19th overall pick of the 2014 NBA Draft started summer-league play with a bang, scoring 33 points in his debut. He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well after that first game, but Harris ranked 9th in the summer league in scoring and impressed coaches with his ability to guard multiple positions. Overall, he showed that he will be ready to compete for playing time when training camp begins in October.
After being disappointed with his summer-league performance in 2013, the former second-round pick was probably Denver’s most consistent player a year later. Green showed poise running the offense and demonstrated an effective off-the-dribble jumper. His performance in Las Vegas ended a demanding 11-month stretch of basketball.
After playing in the Orlando Summer League, Benimon sat out Denver’s first two games in Las Vegas, but he certainly made up for lost time. The forward out of Towson posted a double-double (17 points, 15 rebounds) in the summer finale and showed a tremendous knack for the ball by leading the Nuggets in rebounding.
As the most experienced player in Denver’s roster, Miller had high expectations for Las Vegas. He lived up to those expectations by scoring 49 points in his first two games but then struggled with his shot. Miller’s summer was cut short when he sprained his right ankle, forcing him to sit out the Nuggets’ final game.
At 28, Thomas was the oldest player on Denver’s summer roster, and he brought a blue-collar professionalism to the court. The power forward didn’t put up huge numbers but showed maturity of several seasons overseas.
The big man out of James Madison displayed a nice shooting touch from inside 15 feet. He also showed some defensive prowess with three blocked shots in Denver’s final game.
For whatever reason, Wright couldn’t get anything to fall in his four games. He’s a much better shooter than the summer numbers showed. On a positive note, he finish tied with Green for the team lead in total assists.
The former University of Colorado guard got off to a good start with 10 points in the summer opener, but he never found much of a rhythm in the final four games. After a strong season in Israel, he should still earn an invite to an NBA training camp.
After an 0-for-4 start through two games, Harper found his shooting stroke, hitting 6-of-8 attempts – including 3-for-4 from 3-point range – in his final two appearances. He also attacked the glass and provided energy off the bench.
The former St. Joseph’s forward showed efficiency while playing within his game, hitting 6-of-8 shots in limited minutes.
In the two games that he received his most extensive playing time, the point guard out of Ohio State combined for 16 points and three assists in 36 minutes.