By Court Zierk @courtzierk on July 14, 2014
The Nuggets have looked really good in Summer League at times, but they have also looked lost and out of sorts too. I imagine that this will be a precursor of things to come next season. Their players, like the team as a whole, have also been inconsistent. One night, Gary Harris is dropping 33 points, the next he goes 1-12 from the floor. Here are the players, through their ups and downs, that have stood out so far.
Honestly, beyond the top three, who are clearly being put on display, it’s really a wash across the board. Denzel Bowles, Will Thomas, Carlon Brown and Chris Wright are the only other players getting any meaningful minutes, and of those four, only Wright really deserves to be placed in this list. Even that may be a stretch.
Don’t get me wrong. Wright hasn’t been setting the world on fire by any stretch of the imagination, but he at least looks like he knows how to run an offense. He leads the team in assists, with a whopping five per game, but it is really the intangibles that land Wright on this list. He looks unfazed under pressure, and is always working his butt off on defense. He is also tied for the team lead in steals with two per contest.
Green is being given every opportunity to land a roster spot, and he looks to be capitalizing on his chances. He is averaging 16.5 points per game, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 50 percent from 3-point-range. Unfortunately for Green, the Nuggets need someone who can come in and quarterback an offense; not necessarily provide an offensive spark. He needs to show better competency in running the point and making his teammates better.
Had Harris delivered a second game in the same stratosphere as his debut, there is no question he would land the top spot on this list. Unfortunately, after looking like the incarnation of Dale Ellis in the first game, he turned in a stinker in his second, going 1-12 from the floor. To his credit, he still displayed a fiery passion on defense and clearly made his man uncomfortable on a consistent basis.
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Miller is dominating in summer league. After all, he was one of the only players on the court who has ever seen any meaningful NBA action. Miller is entering his third year in the NBA, and it looks like he means business. He is averaging 24.5 points per game, on 55percent shooting. The Nuggets are already extremely deep on the wing, but Miller is restating his case for even more minutes next season.
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