About to embark upon his second season as a pro, Denver Nuggets small forward Quincy Miller has shown steady improvement since being drafted No. 38 overall out of Baylor in the 2012 NBA draft. Last year in his rookie season, Miller was a reserve on the end of the bench and played sparingly throughout the 2013 season. Due to his lack of playing time, Quincy only averaged 1.3 points per game, 0.4 assists per game and 0.3 rebounds per game. However, he has shown marked improvement playing for the Nuggets’ summer league squad.
In his 2012 rookie season playing for the summer league team, Miller averaged 6.8 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game and 1.0 assist per game. His efficiency rating while on the floor was a respectable +7.40. This season, his solid improvement was seen with bolstering numbers of 9.8 points per game, 6.0 rebounds per game and 1.2 assists per game in 2013 summer league action. Again, we see a marked advancement in his efficiency rating at +10.50 while on the floor in summer league play this year.
The 6-foot-9, 210 pound small forward is only 20-years-old, so his growth leads me to believe that his ceiling can be high within the next few years. No doubt, Quincy could stand to gain an additional 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in order to bang with the big boys in the paint. With the help of one of the very best strength and conditioning coaches in the league, Steve Hess, Miller should easily be able to reach a desired weight within the course of the new NBA season. The weight training, conditioning and nutritional regimens Steve puts together are epic. In his 12th season with the Nuggets, Hess is one of only 10 trainers worldwide who sits on the Under Armour training council.
So, clearly Quincy has the means to increase his size and power very quickly working alongside the marvelous Nuggets’ trainer. Miller already has pure ability with the quickness and mindset to be able to run the floor, slash to the basket off the dribble and rebound with the fundamentals many NBA players seem to lack these days. Seriously, whatever happened to being able to put a body on someone and box out properly? Well, no worries with Miller as he does a great job of finding a body and boxing out.
With a stacked roster in both the backcourt and frontcourt, it will be hard for Quincy to find a ton of playing time this season. However, if a Nugget goes down to injury or if new head coach Brian Shaw is looking for a little extra intensity at times, Miller is more than capable of filling the void and creating a spark. Nuggets’ fans should expect to see tremendous growth in Miller’s size as well as within his game in the upcoming season.
Look for Quincy to prove that he can be a viable asset for the Nuggets in the 2013 NBA season.