For those of you who are interested, which should be all of you, you can listen to Charlie’s complete interview with David Thorpe from Las Vegas where they discuss not only Chu Chu, but also Evan Fournier and the Nuggets as a whole.
As the Nuggets walked off the floor following their first Summer League game In Las Vegas, few players were more bothered by the loss than Chukwudiebere Maduabum, the only member of Denver’s roster who didn’t enter the game.
I honestly didn’t know it was possible for a team to record just one fast break point in an entire game.
You learn something new every day. The summer league is a pretty loose interpretation of NBA basketball, but these are still real Nuggets coaches, real Nuggets players and (some) real NBA caliber talent competing in a professional setting.
The Nuggets’ performance on Sunday was offensive for all the wrong reasons. They shot 31.1% against the Mavs, recorded just 11 assists against 17 turnovers, and somehow managed the aforementioned one fast break point. Baskets are still worth two points in the summer league, but apparently the Nuggets didn’t manage to attempt a single shot on the fast break in 40 minutes of action.
Summer league is all about experimentation. In a setting where wins and losses aren’t exactly of the utmost importance, coaches are using the opportunity to throw a bunch of darts at the wall in order to see what sticks. While the results are a mixed bag that typically don’t lead you to any concrete conclusions, they’re often more interesting than the final score of the actual games.
That’s the way I feel about the Nuggets summer league opener against Golden State, which ended up turning into a blowout loss. While it certainly wasn’t fun seeing the Nuggets get throttled in a game they badly wanted to win, the entire team competed and there was plenty of individual growth that will help this Nuggets team evaluate how to get the most out of the summer league experience going forward.
Earlier today the Nuggets announced the 13 players Chad Iske will coach in the Las Vegas summer league next week. Nuggets fans should be pleased to know that every one of Denver’s draft picks from the last two seasons will be in attendance, only further proving that Masai and Josh are building an organization that values long-term player development. I’ll be heading out to Las Vegas this weekend to do some up close coverage of Summer League for Roundball Mining Company, and before our in-depth analysis gets rolling here’s a little bit of background on what we know about each of the prospects right now.
The Denver Nuggets have announced their summer league roster and it is complete with everyone Nuggets fans will want to watch.
Veterans Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton and Julyan Stone are joined by all three draft picks, Evan Fournier, Quincy Miller and Izzet Turkyilmaz as well as last summer’s second round selection Chu Chu Maduabum. I was dead wrong in my assessment that Fournier would not be on the roster due to the fact that he is still under contract with his French team.
In a recent article by the “Bible of the NBA” (aka HoopsHype), Jorge Sierra scores an interview with recent Nuggets’ draft selection, Chukwudiebere Maduabum. In the midst of a lockout with hardly any relevant Nuggets News, this is a blessing, especially considering the general lack of information available on the mystery man from Nigeria. In fact, in all likelihood this is probably the most detailed report on Chu Chu ever available to the public — all whopping 11 paragraphs of it. So please, if you have some time be sure to give this a read, as it’s extremely informative given the circumstances and should give Nuggets’ fans quite a bit of encouragement about a guy selected No. 56 overall. As Sierra mentions, Chu Chu clearly isn’t ready to play in the NBA just yet, so the lockout will actually benefit him greatly. But if early signs are any indication of how Chu Chu might pan out, we could potentially have a contributor as he’s already packed on 20 pounds and made drastic improvements to his game since coming to the US only a few months ago.
On Thursday, the Denver Nuggets had what most consider to be a fantastic night. Landing long-time fan-favorite prospect Kenneth Faried was one thing, but landing him in addition to Jordan Hamilton — one of the most highly rated prospects in the entire draft — was a whole different story. (more…)
In Roundball’s recent Denver Nuggets’ Big Board 2.0 I stated, “If Faried does however manage to find his way past the Trailblazers, to put it simply: Nuggets fans should be ecstatic.” Little did I know however, that “ecstatic” wouldn’t even begin to cover the range of emotions I felt as David Stern announced Faried’s name as the Nuggets’ 22nd overall selection in the 2011 NBA Draft.