The Denver Nuggets kicked off their NBA Summer League in Las Vegas with three losses in a row. The underwhelming performance in the first three games versus the Milwaukee Bucks, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards worried many that the youth movement in Denver might indicate that Nuggets fans would be in for a long season.
Jordan Hamilton lead the Nuggets with 23 points in his first game back with the team after missing the blowout at the hands of the Wizards while tending to some personal matters in Los Angeles. This was Hamilton’s breakout game thus far in Vegas this summer after struggling to find his shot in his other two appearances this week. He charged right out of the gates against the Pelicans, going 6-of-8 from the field in the first quarter.
Hamilton’s shots were falling from the outside, shooting 4-of-7 beyond the arc. This appears to be great news for a Denver team that struggled from deep last season and even better news for Hamilton to get the opportunity he has been waiting for.
Another young player for the Nuggets had an outstanding performance versus New Orleans in Quincy Miller, who has also struggled with his shot in Vegas. On Wednesday night, Miller shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range. New head coach Brian Shaw was watching the Nuggets victory from the stands and has to be excited at the prospect of Miller and Hamilton becoming rotation players that can shoot the three.
Denver definitely has to like the chances of Erick Green making the regular season roster after coming to life in Wednesday night’s victory with 14 points. Green could prove to be a steal for the Nuggets after being selected with the 46th pick, and would be a much wiser choice as a backup point guard than the rumored acquisition of Nate Robinson.
It appears that this young summer squad has started to find a bit of chemistry and rhythm. For the Nuggets sake, lets hope that the youngsters make a run through the bracket and bring that momentum into training camp this fall.