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Summer League Mini-Camp: Day 1

With the excitement of the draft in the past and the Denver Nuggets' 2016 Summer League roster in place, the work now turns to the court.

With a combination of returning players, newly drafted rookies, as well as players trying to secure a training camp invite, the first day of Summer League mini-camp was a chance for the coaching staff to evaluate all the pieces together for the first time. The players were conditioned, ran through offensive sets, and also got an opportunity to build some chemistry in four-on-four and five-on-five scrimmaging.

Assistant Coach Micah Nori will be leading the Summer League squad, and after the first day, was already pleased with the effort.

“I told them at the end of practice that the one thing they can control is their energy and effort,” Nori said. “There will be mistakes, especially when you confine so much information into such a short period of time. Guys struggle with that a little bit, but as long as they press on, we can live with that.”

Many players stuck around after the practice was over to get some more shooting in. Jamal Murray showcased a nice stroke, draining open and contested shots alike.

Nori praised Murray’s effort.

“[He] looked very good. Jamal plays at such a great pace for a young kid,” Nori said. “He’s like a seasoned vet. He’s a very good handler of the basketball, sees the floor, [and] is an excellent shooter. He’s just trying to catch up to the speed of the NBA game as we all are.”

Although he shot it well, Murray admitted he got a little bit gassed towards the end.

“It’s more of an adjustment playing in Denver,” Murray said. “I got tired a little quicker.”

One player who didn’t have any problems with the altitude was native Coloradoan Josh Scott.

“I’ve been training at altitude all my life. This is home for me so I was all good with that.”

For Scott, the challenge was adjusting to the complexities of an NBA offense.

“Understanding the concepts [was the most difficult part],” Scott told Nuggets.com. “I’m just trying to be mentally more locked in than anything but I think it was a pretty good day.”

All the players on the Summer League team will need to focused as there will be four more consecutive days of mini-camp with plenty more to learn.

The Las Vegas Summer League begins on July 8 and will be televised on ESPN and NBA TV.