Summer League recap: Denver Nuggets 104, Toronto Raptors 83

The Denver Nuggets’ first Summer League game of 2014 was all about three players: Gary Harris, Quincy Miller and Erick Green. While Harris is already under contract heading into next season, Miller and Green remain the most likely candidates to secure the Nuggets’ final two roster spots. Not surprisingly, it was these three who carried the Nuggets to their first win in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon, each turning in impressive individual performances which I analyze below.

Box score, courtesy of NBA.com.

Garry Harris

Holy crap where do I start?

Well, I guess I’d like to thank Gary Harris, first and foremost, for making me look really good regarding my analysis leading up to and past the 2014 NBA Draft. Harris was “My Guy” throughout the entire process (OK, I’ll admit, Nurkic bumped him down to No. 2 the day before the draft) and in his first Summer League outing he proved exactly why: 31 points (10-17 from the floor, 5-10 from downtown), four rebounds, two assists and two steals. I can’t remember taking more joy out of a Summer League game since… well, probably forever. And the best part about it? I knew Harris was gonna ball out from just about the opening tip…

After two minutes Harris already had four points, a steal and two great defensive possessions. And it just never stopped. The entire game was like those first two minutes got put on replay, one fantastic defensive possession followed by lights-out shooting from downtown. By half, Harris had 17 points. When the game concluded, he had hardly strayed from that pace. And let me emphasize in case I haven’t already: Harris’ defense was awesome. This was not some Carmelo Anthony-esque one-sided, offensive affair followed by defensive neglect. Harris was not only the best offensive player on the court — he was by far the best defensive player as well.

Going into this game I knew Harris had special defensive potential and 3-point shooting talent, which is why I liked him so much coming out of college. That was predictable. What wasn’t predictable, however, was the array of his tool set. Harris is just one of those guys who’s got it, the “It Factor,” as some say. He’s good at everything. His shooting stroke is as smooth as a baby’s but. His handle is sticky. His vision is altruistic. He knows when to attack, when to pass and when to move off the ball. He’s intelligent. He’s way more athletic than people realize. And something I noticed which I think is a harbinger for success in the NBA: confidence. Harris is not of the sulking persuasion. Over the course of his career he probably won’t help a lot of guys up after they fall, and he probably won’t ask for others to help him up when he falls (something I noticed during the game). Harris is just tough. You can tell his high-school football days have made a firm imprint into his basketball DNA. At one point during the end of the game someone stepped on Harris’ face as he fell to the ground, yet after a brief introduction with the hardwood he was up and ready to play ball like nothing had happened.

I know this is only one game (in Summer League of all places) but what I saw from Gary Harris was extremely encouraging. There was just something there, something that makes all the lights flicker inside your brain’s control panel. You know it when you see it. The play-by-play guy said Harris had been the most impressive player in Las Vegas thus far, more impressive than guys like Andre Wiggins and Jabari Parker. Meanwhile, Reggie Miller seemed to swoon over Harris’ off-the-ball movement and even compared him to Damien Lillard’s coming-out party in Las Vegas a few years back. The remaining two (at least) Summer League games will surely tell us much more about Harris than we now know, but if we’re to consider initial impressions, I’d advise you to secure your “Gary Harris” Denver Nuggets jersey now, because this kid’s got the makeup to be a certified stud and guaranteed steal.

Quincy Miller

Lost in all the Harris hype is the fact that Quincy Miller had a really solid outing as well. He had more first-half points than Harris (21, I believe) and demolished the entire Raptors team in the second quarter before hitting somewhat of a wall in the second half. As I tweeted during the game, it’s important we realize Miller’s still only 21, making him one of the younger non-rookies in Vegas. Had he stayed two more seasons in college and come out as a junior in this year’s draft, my guess is we’d all be pretty damn ecstatic over the performance he turned in on Saturday (23 points, four rebounds, three assists, four blocks).

Unfortunately (and I hate saying this after such a great game) I’m still somewhat of a skeptic when it comes to Miller’s future in the NBA — at least for now. Case in point: his body. He’s 6-9 and still somewhat of a twig. He has neither the bulk to defend NBA-caliber power forwards in the post nor the speed to defend NBA-caliber wings on the perimeter. His shot is still inconsistent and his release fairly awkward. And yet… I can’t really dismiss him either. Miller has talent — a lot, in fact. He doesn’t commit careless mistakes or take that many bad shots. And most importantly, as I stated above, he’s still pretty damn young. But Miller is the tweener of all tweeners. He’s has the height of a small forward, the weight of a shooting guard, the mentality of a stretch four and the desire to cross you up like Allen Iverson. For whatever reason, whether right or wrong, I simply can’t get past this.

We’ll obviously learn a lot more about Miller as Summer League plays out, but if I could offer him one bit of advice at this point in his career it’d be to focus on one thing. Whether that’s shooting, rebounding, defending or passing, Miller has to find his one skill that he can carve a career out of. He’s young and good enough at everything to re-up in the NBA for a few more years — even with his frail frame — but unless he specializes in one thing, he’ll have a hard time securing consistent playing time down the road.

Erick Green

Similar to Miller, Green was impressive but appears to come equipped with his own set of drawbacks from an NBA scouting perspective. He shot the ball well (7-11 for 17 points) and led the Nuggets in assists, but I couldn’t really get past how questionable his game is when looking at if from an NBA standpoint.

Green is a good shooter, but he’s not a great shooter. Furthermore, he’s not really that good at anything other than shooting. And even furthermore, he’s also undersized for his position and doesn’t exactly have springs for hops. So where does this leave him in the grand scope of competing for a roster spot in the NBA? That’s the question I kept asking myself while watching him. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still early and because he’s a good shooter he still has hope… but it’s tough to watch Green play ball and not notice these things. If Green wants to make the Nuggets’ roster he has to show some explosiveness off the dribble. He’s got to beat people one-on-one and display some semblance of a midrange game. Otherwise, it’s hard to see the Nuggets bringing him to Denver for the upcoming season, especially given the quality of free agents still on the market.

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  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    Awesome

  • MrBeefy

    Dempsey posted about Billups meeting with Denver today. Any more info on that? I don’t know about other people but I’m all for bringing Billups back either as a player or in the front office. It would be a great ending to a great career.

    As for the game today, Great to see this team win big like that, and Harris & Miller were amazing. The announcers kept talking about how good we can be now that we’re healthy.

    • Heisenberg

      Chauncey’s a great leader, but he’s washed up as a player.

      I would like him as an assistant coach, however. Or the front office.

      • David Tesler

        Washed up? He can still smoke you in the court, even if he’s pushing 38.

        • Heisenberg

          Is that seriously your argument? Brian Scalabrine would beat me 11-0 one on one, doesn’t mean I would advocate for the Nuggets to sign him.

          He is washed up compared to NBA players, and last I checked the Nuggets are in the NBA. Again, great leadership and all, but he’s a shell of himself in terms of skills.

    • David Tesler

      My boy Smooth always considered Denver his home. Would love to see him retire a Nugget. :)

      (Disclosure: I went to high school with him from 92-93. I graduated in ’93, he in ’94)

    • MrBeefy

      This team could use the veteran leadership from Billups. I read in an interview he did that he’s feeling better then he has in 3-4 years, if we can sign him cheap and hes even half the player he was back when he was a Nugget 3-4 years ago, i say we do it. Enough with this Mike Miller crap. Let him go to Cleveland.

      • Drewbueno

        Like the Heat signing Juwan Howard. If they can get him for cheap and have him as a player/coach, that would be something to consider.

  • mike gomez

    gary harris on a mission to make everyone that pass him regret it

  • Pickles1731

    That game should quiet the Gary Harris haters for at least a day. So pumped for this young stud!

    • Heisenberg

      Everyone is pretty much in agreement that Harris was a good pick. Nurkic was the one that had people split.

      Pretty much every Nuggets forum has expressed praise for Harris.

      • Pickles1731

        There were still plenty of fans that were upset because they wanted McDermott more than anybody else available on the board (not as much the roundball board as it was my Facebook/twitter feed.) I have always wanted Harris and was surprised so many were mad about trading that pick.
        I do think people will be eating crow with the Nurkic pick though. He had 25 pts, 15 boards, and 5 assists today in an international game. Jusuf will be a stud in a couple years.

        • Heisenberg

          I hated the McDermott pick. Honestly Harris at 19 is a great pick up. If they had stayed at 11 I would have preferred LaVine.

        • MacKenzie Pantoja

          Not saying Jurkic won’t be a stud, but Bosnia is in division B, not A, in the U20s, so he’s going against best under age 20 players in countries like Estonia, Portugal, and Cyprus, not division A, where he would be playing Germany, Spain, Lithuania, Serbia, etc. The competition is too weak for anything he does to matter, save effective free throw shooting (it’s same distance). The passing is a nice sign, though.

  • Kyle Wurtz

    Obviously Gary Harris was huge, but let’s not forget about the strong showings by Q and Green…composed outings for all three.

  • heykyleinsf

    It would appear Connelly just smoked Uriji by 21 points
    A lot of people hated on Harris
    I for one wanted him all along
    Its just one game.
    But wow.
    Can’t wait for the season to start!

    • LBJ

      I’m not sure who are all these Harris “haters” – virtually all commenters I’ve seen have been positive about him.

      I have wanted the Nugs to take him since March.

      • heykyleinsf

        Look back on the threads bud
        And as I recall
        On draft day
        You were one of the most negative about what happened

        • Heisenberg

          To be fair, he hated Nurkic. I don’t recall him bashing Harris, though.

        • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

          LBJ and heykyleinsf, the above spat isn’t enough to get either of you warned or dismissed from commenting, but I don’t appreciate the attitudes. I’m not sure why either of you respond to the other, as all you do is bicker. In the future I will simply delete these types of comments. And if it continues I will just ban both of you. Thanks.

          • heykyleinsf

            I know I’m no angel..
            but that’s basically what I just said.

            • Ryan Scott

              It’s NOT LBJ that’s the problem, it’s heykyleinsf. He cries and personally attacks anyone who disagrees with his horrible analysis. LBJ is one of the few peeps around here that makes sense and knows what he is talking about. This board is the worst nuggets board because of people like heykyleinsf. Look at Denver Stiffs – usually they get 1000+ comments per post. Roundball gets about 50-100. And good luck banning people – it’s really not hard to create a new profile to comment. If you’re gonna ban anyone, ban heykyleinsf. I’d post and participate more if people like him were gone. But don’t point the finger at LBJ, he is not the one to start it ever. It is always heykyleinsf that crosses the line. LBJ just defends himself. Do what you want, but there is a reason your site lags behind the others!

          • Ryan Scott

            It’s NOT LBJ that’s the problem, it’s heykyleinsf. He cries and personally attacks anyone who disagrees with his horrible analysis. LBJ is one of the few peeps around here that makes sense and knows what he is talking about. This board is the worst nuggets board because of people like heykyleinsf. Look at Denver Stiffs – usually they get 1000+ comments per post. Roundball gets about 50-100. And good luck banning people – it’s really not hard to create a new profile to comment. If you’re gonna ban anyone, ban heykyleinsf. I’d post and participate more if people like him were gone. But don’t point the finger at LBJ, he is not the one to start it ever. It is always heykyleinsf that crosses the line. LBJ just defends himself. And why is heykyleinsf commenting in the first place if he doesn’t want people to reply to him?!?! Comment sections were made for discussion. Silencing discussion defeats the whole point of even having a comment section. If you post an opinion you should be prepared to defend your ideas, not get butt hurt when people disagree. Do what you want, but there is a reason your site lags behind the others!

            • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

              OK Ryan, so, beside the fact you’ve commented a grand total of two times in any Disqus forum, and the fact your comment has been duplicated by a “Guest” below (or was it the other way around?), AND the fact you’re ardently defending LBJ like he’s a blood relative (which seems JUST a bit suspicious if you ask me), I really don’t understand why you’re taking digs at RMC. Our site lags behind what exactly? Denver Stiffs is a great website and I personally consider myself friends with their lead writers, but we are two different websites with two entirely different motives. Our goal is not to get the most comments. Disqus doesn’t really support 1,000-plus comments (which I’m quite happy about given how ridiculous it is that I have to moderate a fraction of that amount of comments here). We want to opine on the Nuggets in an open, honest and interesting manner. That’s it. If you think there’s something missing from our site, I’d advise you e-mail me with suggestions (like many loyal, intelligent readers do) or go somewhere else. Thanks.

              • Ryan Scott

                Kalen I was trying to help you improve your site, not insult you. I like your writing and content, but rarely get involved because of people that are out of control here with their comments. I used to post a lot here under my real name, but stopped because of the bad juju in the comments. This profile has only posted twice because I just created it because I’m sick of all the drama trickling onto my real Facebook page. I am just saying that when someone is out of control like heykyleinsf other sites get rid of them. Multiple people have said they don’t post here because of him. If he goes, you’ll see more people here. It’s your choice as the moderator of course, but when multiple people are telling you the same thing about this guy, you should know what the right decision is. I was just trying to point out that Denver Stiffs gets rid of people like this, making it a more friendly and fun place to post. Do what you want, but I have and will continue to not participate on roundball until the comments get under control. Like I said, I’m not trying to insult or attack you, just trying to point out the fact that people have stopped posting because of the hostile environment created by heykyleinsf and others like him. Ball is in your court, you can either get rid of the hostile personalities, or watch participation continue to dwindle. Your call.

            • Cullen

              One of the best parts of RMC is that you get to have a lot of engaged discussions with a lot of the same people and can follow discussions easily, which isn’t always the truth for the Denver Stiffs. Not dissing their website, but both websites should be able to exist without inevitable competitions.

              I don’t think Kalen is against hearing dissent and argument, most of the times it is when the attacks get personal and begin to lack substance is when he has stepped up recently. Also, he has steered discussions and has been a lot more engaged lately.

              One of the main problems with having the smaller websites is that there are inevitable power struggles with posters and fights, a lot of repetitive ones. I appreciate the attempt to clean some of that up. I fully recognize that I have been a large part of the arguments in a lot of threads and I haven’t always gotten along with LBJ either, but I respect him. I don’t see many other ways around avoiding the fights other than moderation.

          • LBJ

            I’m struggling to see any attitude in my post. Unlike the rewritten post that now responds to me – mine remains as originally written. My post also looks pretty similar to a couple of other posts in this thread.

            I get the message – no matter what Kyle posts, he is not to be corrected or challenged.

            • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

              That’s not true. The problem is that you guys fight. That’s all you do. You know it, heykyleinsf knows it, our entire community knows it. And I speak for them when I say we’re tired of it. If you’d like to continue commenting here, please be constructive, avoid heykyleinsf and approach the discussion forums with an amiable mindset. Thanks.

            • http://Twitter.com/A_Rodriguez8 D3Ntilthe3ND

              @disqus_3BU5Tkrc8A:disqus @KalenRMC:disqus@heykyleinsf:disqus lol i’ve been off this forum for almost a year now because i was warned in a similar fashion to stop “replying/commenting/arguing etc.” with heykyleinsf. i thought coming back would be nice cause it’s been a while & i wanted to talk nuggets, but it looks as though kyle has just moved on to starting arguments with other people on this site.

              just a suggestion, kalen, it might not be just a coincidence that kyle is always involved.

              maybe i’ll try again next season.

            • http://Twitter.com/A_Rodriguez8 D3Ntilthe3ND

              @KalenRMC:disqus @heykyleinsf:disqus lol i’ve been off this forum for almost a year now because i was warned in a similar fashion to stop “replying/commenting/arguing etc.” with heykyleinsf. i thought coming back would be nice cause it’s been a while & i wanted to talk nuggets, but it looks as though kyle has just moved on to starting arguments with other people on this site.

              just a suggestion, kalen, it might not be just a coincidence that kyle is always involved.

              maybe i’ll try again next season.

              • Ryan Scott

                Don’t bother, this site won’t be here next season. I’ll be seeing to that!

  • Michael

    I had really been looking forward to this game for a while and it didn’t disappoint. After previous years at the Summer League I was afraid the guys may come out and play half arsed, undisciplined basketball leading to another disappointing SL. I was pleasantly surprised to see the defensive rotations, the ball movement and movement away from the ball on offense which is where we won the game IMO.
    The guys all shot very well, something that won’t (or at least isn’t likely) to happen every game. This means we need to be able to attack the basket as well as bomb three’s. Harris and Green both showed the ability to attack off the dribble and also finish with soft touch. Harris was definitely confident to take any shot that became available and mostly played within himself. Green seemed to be still trying to show that he can run a team, there were several occasions where I felt he could’ve attacked for a drive himself but instead tried to draw the D to find a teammate, which he did rather well. The team moved the ball very well and gave up open looks for even better looks many times, especially in the first half en route to the big lead.
    The game plan seemed to change slightly in the second half. The coaches must’ve felt confident with the lead to try giving Harris more run with the ball in his hands. Whilst I agree with most of Kalen’s review, I don’t necessarily feel that Harris moved the ball effectively ‘every’ time he had it. There were several times that he dribbled himself into trouble and got trapped on the sideline or at mid-court. At least one of those times he missed an open teammate in the corner as he dribbled across the top of the key and towards the sideline to be trapped. He also made/attempted some poor passes by either telegraphing the pass or not delivering it quickly enough. These are all nit picking things mind you from an overall very good game. His shot is excellent, he is able to get it off pretty much where ever and when ever he likes and even the ones he missed didn’t look awkward or overly forced. I think the main area he needs to work on is his decision making with the ball and court awareness when dribbling. If he gets that locked up, he is going to be very special and will be able to easily play both guard spots. As it is now he has shown he is capable of coming off the bench to play solid D and knock down shots.
    Q was very confident in his three point shot and it showed with him taking and making several quick release shots, including the buzzer beater in the first half. I guess that is what shooting 700 three’s a day (according to reports from the assistant coaches) does for you. He attacked the rim well, drawing several fouls and earning multiple trips to the line. He still has trouble closing out on D, Caboclo went straight past him along the baseline for a lay in at one point. Listening to his interview on CSG (over at denverstiffs.com) he spoke about needing to improve his defense and he specifically mentioned close outs, he obviously needs to keep working on it. His help side D is very good, it reminds me a little of Marcus Camby when he used to make a living off rotating from the weak side for blocks whilst in Denver. The problem Q has is staying in front of athletic wings, I don’t think he gets low enough in his stance which allows his opponent to get by him too easily. He then tries to rely on his length and athleticism to try and recover for a block from behind. If Q can become better at defending the wing and staying in front of his man I think it will be the key to getting him more playing time and keeping himself on a roster.
    The year overseas seems to have helped Erick Green greatly. This year, as apposed to last years Summer League, he is more comfortable about who he is as a player. Last year he seemed torn between playing ‘his’ game and playing the way he thought the team wanted him to play. This year, at least in the first game, he seemed much more confident with the ball in his hands, he made the extra pass and was drawing defenders to find open teammates whilst still hitting shots when he had them or attacking when he could. To answer one of Kalen’s criticisms, in the final quarter Green exploded down the lane for an easy lay in. The rest of the game hadn’t really called for him to do too much like that as the rest of the team were moving well without the ball and the scoreboard was still ticking over. However they got a little stagnant for a while and that was when Green made that move.
    Overall I felt it was a very good game from the entire team. The direction from the front office and most likely Shaw as well seems to have been, get Q, Harris and Green plenty of run to show what they can do. It’s not often you find guys playing 30 odd minutes a game in the first game of SL but that is what happened in this game and personally I’m glad for it. The Nuggets don’t have a bunch of open roster spots and lets face it, outside of the three draftees from the last couple of years, no one really fills a need or has much of a chance to make the team. I hope the coaches continue with the current lineups and game plan and that the guys continue to execute like they did in this game.

    • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

      While true Harris got trapped on multiple occasions, it’s worth noting the Raptors were intentionally double teaming him after about the first quarter. He probably should have gotten rid of the ball earlier a few times but given he’s a rookie and this was his first ever encounter with exclusively NBA-caliber players, I think he should probably get a pass.

      • Michael

        I wouldn’t say they were double teaming him, they were simply running high traps and did it to any of the guys with the ball. I’m not saying he had a bad game due to those few issues, just that it is an area he needs to work on.
        Having just looked through some of the highlights and box scores of the other games, after one game I’m very happy we selected Harris. I watched the last half of the Utah game (being an Aussie I wanted to check out Exum) and Hood had a shocker. He didn’t even want to shoot the ball any more half way through the last quarter (1-10 from 3pt range). He had a couple of looks but decided to drive and proceeded to turn the ball over, he also missed a layup right at the end of the game and you could see he was just happy the game was over.
        I would have liked to watch the Chicago game to check out Doug McDermott but I only have so much time in a day. His stats weren’t necessarily bad but they didn’t jump off the page either. For 30 odd minutes of play and only 10 points and 4 assists. I’m more interested in how he went defending. The couple of highlights he was in, included a wide open corner 3 and a screened jumper which I’m assuming is going to be about the limit of his game, however without seeing more of his game I guess I can’t accurately say. It was interesting during the Utah game that the announcers mentioned that McDermott commented that one of the biggest differences he noticed was the speed and agility of the players. The other player that some people seemed to think we should have drafted, Tyler Ennis, didn’t have a stand out game either looking at the highlights and stats of his game.
        I would’ve loved for Nurkic to play at least a game or two in the SL but I guess I’ll just have to wait until next NBA season. I’m still very happy with the offseason we’ve had so far and am actually relieved that Mike Miller is now looking at going to the Cavs to join Lebron.

        • MacKenzie Pantoja

          You should be writing here too. Not that I don’t love Kalen and his analysis, it’s awesome, but you too seem quite qualified

          • Michael

            Thanks for the positive feedback. I really love basketball, from playing, to teaching my kids and especially watching or reading about the Nuggets. I enjoy the analysis and articles the guys here at RMC put up and am happy to have constructive discussions with the writers and fellow readers. I’d be honored to write here, however I’m happy just contributing as a reader/fan in the mean time.

  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    I like Harris as much as the next guy (in fact, literally, the next guy, if you look at the next comment), but he wasn’t as god-like in this game as he was made out to be… 4 turnovers compared to 2 assists, and 7 fouls (guess you can’t foul out in the summer league). Was impressed by his ability to create his own shot.

  • Furious_Stylez

    Keep either Miller or Green. Not both. I feel like there would be too much youth on the bench. We saw what happened last season when the injuries piled up and Shaw was forced to play young, inexperienced players. Harris, Nurkic, and Green or Miller would be plenty of young talent. I would keep Miller, if only because he plays a position the roster is thin at (SF) if Gallo isn’t ready to start the season. Buy a cheap FA veteran at any position they think is a need (SF/Stretch 4).

    Harris was great. It’s only summer ball, but he can do even half of what he did in this game in a reserve role during the regular season, the pick will have been a huge success.

    • etlord1

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Green plays overseas again next year. I wish Nurkic was playing summer league. He’s looked solid so far in the U20 championships.

      • Michael

        I’ll say he has looked solid. His team has dominated all of it’s games so far and he has put up better numbers each game. He came close to a triple double in the game against Cyprus with 14 pts, 8 reb and 9 blocks in 18 mins of play. He followed that up with a 24 pt, 16 reb, 5 assist outing against Romania in 26 mins. See below link for full stats.
        http://u20men.fibaeurope.com/enDivB/cid_GtpNa-qCJkM1Osy8c8nb01.playerID_101627.compID_UIfgjyQcGqk-fPlnl66Tj0.season_2014.roundID_10050.teamID_2602.html

        • Hank

          wow that’s very impressive considering he plays such few minutes (obviously due to foul troubles), the guy is like 19 almost 20, and he’s putting up pretty good numbers internationally. 3rd in defensive rebounds and 1st in offensive rebounds (4.3). ranks 2nd in drawn fouls with 7 drawn fouls, that’s amazing because he’s also 4th in free throws made, ft % is a little low but he can work on it, he’s shot near 70% before if i’m not mistaken. 1st in blocked shots with 3.3 bpg, he just needs to work on fouls a little bit because he’s averaging nearly 5 fouls a game in 22 mpg

          • Michael

            As I’ve mentioned before, several of Nurkic’s weaknesses are the same as Mozzie’s up to the middle of this last season. Such as silly fouls, not finishing strong around the rim etc. What makes Nurkic impressive is he is only 19 and has only been playing for 5 years, compared to Mozzie who is 27 and has been playing in the NBA for 5 years. The Nuggets coaching staff got Mozzie to take big strides in the second half of this season. I’m not expecting Nurkic to come in and pick things up in one season, however given his age and current stage of development I think he has huge potential. If Steve Hess can work some of his conditioning magic on Nurkic with his already solid frame, he could be a legit low post threat for the foreseeable future.

          • albydigei

            He also scored a three point shot…not bad

  • Hank

    jusuf and gary are both showing some nice potential internationally and in summer league, i said i wanted mitch mcgary but jusuf is really proving me wrong, both picks seem to be very solid

    • Heisenberg

      I’d put money on McGary and Kyle Anderson performing well. OKC and SA always seem to draft well.

      • Hank

        yeah mcgary has actually been pretty good too, but then again it’s a few days of camp for summer league while i think the national teams have been practicing for awhile, giving them more solid plays and experience

        • Heisenberg

          Too bad the NCAA was going to give him that ridiculous suspension. Might have been a lottery pick if he returned for one more year.

          • Hank

            yeah wished he had gone back to school, maybe the nuggets could’ve picked him up somehow later on

  • albydigei

    I expected to see more Lamar Miller tonight but I just saw a really good 3 point shooter with an excellent D. I hope he will improve on playmaking and playing looking at the court and not looking just the ball. Amazing talent but I want to see something more than averege for him.

  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    I think you were a tad harsh on Erick Green… “He’s got to… display some semblance of a midrange game”… he shot 56.4% on two pointers last year in Italy. At 185lbs, I doubt that he shot that way because he could finish at the rim.

    My biggest concern is that his defense in that game was a tad questionable, but offensively, I see no reason he can’t be the next C.J. Watson. Not a great distributor at the point but also almost never turns the ball over, solid in catch and shoot situations and a decent floater.