The Denver Nuggets will play in the Las Vegas Summer League. Here’s what you need to know:
Orlando Summer League: July 1-5, 6th “Championship Day”
Utah Summer League: July 3, 5-6
Las Vegas Summer League: July 7-11, playoffs July 12-17
Orlando Summer League: Amway Center practice court
Utah Summer League: Jon M. Huntsman Center
Las Vegas Summer League: Thomas & Mack Center, Cox Pavilion
How to Watch:
All games will broadcast live on NBATV or on the ESPN networks. The Utah and Las Vegas Summer League’s are open to the public, while the Orlando league will not be.
And now for the team’s preview:
All expected players as of July 5th
Players expected to compete: Tyler Lydon, Malik Beasley, Juancho Hernangomez, Monte Morris, Torrey Craig, Robert Carter, Howard Sant-Roos, Dallas Moore, Xavier Johnson, Thomas Bropleh, Petr Cornelie, Henry Sims, David Walker, Nikola Radicevic
Denver will feature some interesting players this summer. Cuban player Howard Sant-Roos has been playing quality ball over in Germany. Former SC-Upstate star Torrey Craig has posted good numbers in the NBL.
Former Nets center Henry Sims excelled with the Salt Lake City Stars of the G-League last year. Averaging 17.2 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Sims showed NBA teams he still can be a contributor.
Draft-and-stashes Petr Cornelie and Nikola Radicevic will be joining the Nuggets for the first time.
The Frenchman Cornelie is a long, lanky “stretch five” who can knock down threes and use his athleticism to make plays on the defensive end.
Radicevic is quite the opposite, as he is a point guard who lacks elite athleticism. Despite this, Radicevic is a great playmaker and very effective in the pick-and-roll.
Nuggets fans will get to see rookies Tyler Lydon and Monte Morris for the first time. Morris has the potential to be a steal out of Iowa State.
The 22 year old point guard was one of the best passers in all of college basketball last year, and if he can learn to create his own shots he can be an effective contributor at the next level.
Player to Watch: Tyler Lydon
With Danilo Gallinari out of Denver, Lydon could play a huge role on Denver’s up and coming squad.
Lydon has great size to be a stretch four, standing at 6’10” with a 7-foot plus wingspan. He shot nearly 40 percent from three, and in his junior season showed that he can be an effective rebounder. If Lydon can put together a good summer, his role with Nuggets could be huge.