What a week! Unfortunately, the Nuggets won't be playing basketball again until October following an overtime buzzer beater by Tyler Ulis of the Phoenix Suns Saturday night at Summer League. The Nuggets finished with a 3-2 record in Las Vegas, and despite not advancing farther in the tournament had a very positive experience overall.
Emmanuel Mudiay and Gary Harris both will remain in Vegas for a little longer as they participate in the USA Men's Select Team, an honor given to younger players with potential to make the national roster in the future. This will prove to be invaluable experience for the young duo and it will be cool to see what they think of the experience later on.
In case you missed any of the Summer League, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post wrote a brief wrap-up of how the Nuggets fared, including specific notes on Murray, Hernangomez and Axel Toupane. Of Hernangomez Dempsey wrote:
It can be argued that the Nuggets' best player in summer league was Juancho Hernangomez, the team's No. 15 pick in the June NBA Draft. He scored (10.2 points), rebounded (8.2 rebounds) and shot 54.5 percent from the field.
Dempsey also launched a brand new Nuggets podcast called Locked on Nuggets this week that is absolutely worth checking out. In his debut episode, Dempsey talks about the summer league, free agency and his views on the recent staff changes on the Nuggets' bench.
First and Second-Team All-Summer League were announced, and despite impressive scoring performances from Murray, no Nugget cracked the rosters. Tyus Jones from the Minnesota Timberwolves was named MVP. Full teams are listed here:
T-Wolves guard Tyus Jones named Vegas NBA Summer League MVP. Here is list of 1st & 2nd team: pic.twitter.com/XTL3fDH2GB— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 18, 2016
Sports Synergy Tech released a chart showing offensive efficiency statistics from Summer League for players selected in the first round. Hernangomez had a strong showing, placing third in points per possession. The numbers show that Murray placed well in these categories also.
Here's an updated look at how players selected in the 1st round of the 2016 Draft have fared in the Summer Leagues. pic.twitter.com/7bqoTaJel0— Synergy Sports Tech (@SynergySST) July 17, 2016
Stiffs own Adam Mares made an appearance on Mile High Sports to talk Summer League and how impressed he was with Hernangomez in particular:
Jake Fischer of Sports Illustrated wrote an article about Jimmer Fredette and his dream to play in the NBA. Fredette had a pretty good outing for the Nuggets in Las Vegas and from this article it seems that he has been putting in the work to overcome his weaknesses. But will he end up a Denver Nugget in 2016-2017?
Finally, in case you missed it earlier this week here on Stiffs, Danny Chau of the Ringer wrote an article about the Nuggets and how they are on the verge of relevance once again. It's not often these days that Denver gets attention from the national media, and this piece did not disappoint. Chau illustrates why he thinks the Nuggets could be the next breakout team with all of the young talent Tim Connelly has amassed, in particular Emmanuel Mudiay and Nikola Jokic.
If you haven't read it yet, it's definitely worth checking out!