On Thursday, the Nuggets tendered a qualifying offer to Torrey Craig. It’s a 2 way deal, and allows the Nuggets to match any potential offers for Craig, who is coming off his first season in the NBA at 27 years old.
Torrey Craig is the poster child for over coming a host of road blocks in his life. Raised by his Grandmother, because of his mother’s incarceration. He played at the relatively unknown South Carolina Upstate University and miraculously developed into the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year.
Going undrafted, he was convinced to play in the Australian league where he thrived and adopted the culture. Gina Mizell of the Denver Post reported on Craig’s long road to the league, and now based on this past season, he has left a decent first impression on the Nuggets brass.
Torrey Craig is the NBA’s version of an NHL 4th line grinder, a poor man’s Gerald Wallace. Off the ball, Craig can cut from any of the perimeter spots for a backdoor dunk. For his size, he is an above average rebounder and he’ll hit the floor for loose balls. His best attribute is that he can guard on the perimeter, not at the same clip as Josh Richardson, but he is cut from the same cloth. Craig is a prototypical glue guy who brings it every night, knowing that he is playing for chance to stick on his roster.
Craig’s three point shooting has to improve, hence why the 2 way contract was offered. If he can improve on his 29% three point shooting he will become a more coveted commodity to other GM’s. The Nuggets made the right move here, Craig is still developing at 27, and needs more playing time to see if he can be a 3 and D wing in the modern game.