Jordan Hamilton is going into his second year with the Denver Nuggets next season, but it will seem like he’s a rookie on the court all over again. The 6-foot-7 small forward completed Summer League in Las Vegas, in which he excelled in, but Summer League is often a place for second-year players to outshine rookies or even guys who went undrafted.
As mentioned above, Hamilton shined in Summer League where he lead the Nuggets in points, 19.2 per game, and placed second in the rebound category with 6.4 rebounds per game while leading the team in minutes played at 31.8. Plenty of his success in Summer League is attributed to his recent weight loss; since the end of last season Jordan admits he lost 19 pounds bringing his weight total around the 220 pound range. He seems to have more bounce, seems more explosive and — more importantly — his shot seems improved.
However, Jordan Hamilton has a tougher nut to crack to earn a steady spot in Denver’s rotation next year.
That nut is George Karl.
George Karl has willingly confided that he looks at Jordan Hamilton as Denver’s rookie this season as Jordan didn’t receive a ton of playing time last year. Coach Karl does have a point as Hamilton will receive burn over the newly acquired rookies in Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller. The questions is how much time?
Denver is — as I have mentioned numerous times — a team that is deep. Ocean deep. That meaning they have multiple players at nearly every position and especially at the wing. Wilson Chandler, Corey Brewer and Andre Miller — Dre playing both point guard and the shooting guard position — are ones to come off the bench. However, Jordan Hamilton can light it up from beyond the arc, so Nuggets fans may just see some Jordan Hamilton this season.
Jordan Hamilton could receive quality minutes and become Denver’s three-point assassin.