This is the time of year when all teams get to test out the new toys, freshly acquired by the organizations. As the team gears up for NBA Summer League lets take a look at some key story lines for your Denver Nuggets.
Wednesday wrapped up another session of 2 a days mini camp preparing those participating in the summer league. Here are the 5 things to watch for.
- No Woj statues bomb here…be on the lookout for both Malik Beasley and Juancho Hernangomez to get dominant minutes and play calling action. After Wednesday morning practice head coach for the summer league Micah Nori had this to say when talking about summer league expectations “for our guys its to perform and have them take over a team. So there will be specific things run or a couple sets for Malik couple sets for Juancho“ he also mentioned later in that statement about getting the right guys to take the big shots. You may remember last year, when Garry Harris put on a clinic and really established how much he had improved over the few short summer months. Look for Juancho and Malik to do the same, it should be fun to watch.
Tyler Lydon and his transition from Syracuse zone defense. The Nuggets had the 29th worst defense last season, this is a big deal for our first round pick who will be fighting to see any real playing time. If he is a defensive liability it may take some more work and time before we see him getting real minutes. When asked about how his transition to man defense and his progression, Micah had this to say “he partakes in his own recovery, in other words when he makes a mistake he wants to know why he did that wrong” and “he’s done a good job at trying catch up defensively.” With such little time to work full speed on his defense, these games will really give him a good bench mark as to just how much work its going to take to get up to speed. The Nuggets training staff will be sure to have an eye out for this, you should as well.
- Monte Morris and his coveted “floor general” qualities he possesses. Monte is believed to be an excellent late pick (I agree), who had a notch on his belt for his “rediness” to play in the NBA. The 4 year graduate certainly has quickness and high basketball IQ. Micah did lend some insight as to what adjustments he’s going to have to face, now in the NBA. “speed of the game, and just the length of defenders,” “you’ve got 10 athletes, 10 guys that are very very long, that are in passing lanes, and stuff happens at such a quick pace, so something in collage that may be open for a second or two, may only be five tenths (of a second) in the NBA”. The Guard position is often viewed around the league as the one of the hardest positions to master. However Monte was the all time leader in collage for asset to turnover ratio, thats going to come in handy when having to make those tough decisions at such a quick pace Micah was referring to, we will see if Monte is up to the challenge. Montes maturity as an older player could be a key factor in his transition to an NBA guard.
Coach Darrell Arthur!?! Is was reporter earlier in the week by Christopher Dempsey that Arthur will be indeed suited up in coaches attire for summer league. In attempts to become a conduit or bridge between coaches and players , having someone who has looked through both sides of the looking glass could be a tremendous benefit during the season. Which such a young core of guys, having vets like Mike Miller and Arthur as “on court coaches” can only help the vision of the coaching staff be better executed.
Could there be a mystery player added!? The full summer league roster has been released, but deep down in my stomach my spider senses are a tingling, telling me there could be a possible surprise for us. However I’ve yet to be bitten by a radio active spider, so its probably just the burrito I had for lunch! Well find out soon enough.
The first game is set to tip Friday July 7th, 10:00PM EST, against the Huston Rockets. Make sure to tune in and catch a little glimpse of the Nuggets future !