The Summer League squad fielded by the Denver Nuggets is looking as impressive as it was expected to be. The Nuggets handled a brash Kris Dunn and the rest of the Minnesota Timberwolves via dominating performances by Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris that ripped away control of the game in the second half, suppored by some nice chip-ins from understudies Jamal Murray and Juan Hernangomez.
After taking a bow and then a seat in the stands for the rest of Summer League, Mudiay and Harris were treated to an extreme blowout of a Memphis squad that had no shot even against players without as much NBA experience. Axel Toupane and JaKarr Sampson dueled for attention (with both on the same 1 year unguaranteed contract for the upcoming season) but it was Jimmer Fredette who stole the show as he rained down 26 points and had his way with the hapless Grizzlies.
Can Denver top those performances in Game 3 as the individual players try to garner notice around the league in order to secure an eventual 15-man spot on someone's squad? Every team has executives in Las Vegas, and it only takes one pair of eyes to make a career.
|Miami Heat||Denver Nuggets
|PG||Briante Weber||Jamal Murray||Nuggets|
|SG||David Walker||Jimmer Fredette||Nuggets|
|SF||Rodney McGruder||Axel Toupane||Nuggets|
|PF||Victor Rudd||Juancho Hernangomez||Nuggets|
|Bench||Axel Toupane, Josh Adams, Ondrej Balvin, Antonio Barton, Darius Carter, Jakarr Sampson, Mateusz Ponitka, Antwan Scott, Josh Scott||Nuggets|
Prediction: The Heat put up a better fight but Denver has too many players capable of big nights and a few of those horses pull ahead down the stretch, with Jamal Murray being one of them. 84-76 Nuggets.