Quincy Miller excited about summer leadership role

Third-year forward plays headliner for Nuggets in Las Vegas
by Aaron Lopez
Nuggets.com

At 21, Quincy Miller isn’t accustomed to carrying the title of experienced veteran.

He sure does like the sound of it.

After two years learning the ropes in the NBA, Miller is ready to assume a leadership role for Denver as the team prepares for the Samsung Summer League in Las Vegas.

“I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” Miller said. “It’s definitely different because I’m always used to being the young guy. It’s a blessing and an opportunity for me to show I can be a leader. I’m excited for that.”

Since the 2013-14 season ended, Miller has been in the gym as much as any other player on Denver’s roster. He played in a summer event in North Carolina in the spring and recently took a spin the Drew League in Los Angeles.

During his Drew League game, Miller said he scored 30 points and added 11 rebounds and five assists while playing against former NBA Defensive Player of the Year Metta World Peace.

“That was definitely a confidence booster going into the summer league,” Miller said.

Miller’s confidence has been a byproduct of hard work and support from Denver’s coaching staff. Coach Brian Shaw gave him an expanded role last season, and assistants Patrick Mutombo and Noel Gillespie have been with him for countless days on the practice court.

As part of his workout routine, Miller takes 700 3-pointers – 100 from seven spots around the perimeter.

“We’re excited for Quincy,” Gillespie said. “He’s been dedicated to the weight room and dedicated to being on the court with Patrick and myself, so we’re looking forward to giving him the opportunity showcase his ability. He’s going to be our quote-unquote veteran presence.”

Miller will be making his third appearance at the summer league. After an up-and-down performance last year (5-for-5 from 3 against New Orleans; 4-for-15 in five other games), he is seeking more consistency.

“When you get older, you learn more,” he said “I’ve been in the league for two years now, so I’ve learned the little tricks from our veterans. I’m excited. I just want to play.”