Monte Morris has been prepping for this moment since last season ended. After spending most of his rookie year in the G League, where the 23-year-old averaged a healthy 18 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game, Morris has his eyes on the Nuggets’ vacant backup point guard, which he’s hoping to take hold of with a strong showing at Summer League beginning July 6.

“I just want an opportunity and my job is to go out there in Summer League on Friday and show everyone, show the world, I can be a backup in this league and run a unit,” Morris said after the Nuggets’ first Summer League practice Sunday evening. “I’m very high on myself talent wise and skill-set because I’m here with all the coaches putting in all the time with my game. I’m just trying to go out there and make everyone else believers that I can play at this level.”

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Harrison Wind is the Denver Nuggets beat reporter for DNVR Nuggets. The University of Colorado alum grew up in Boulder and has covered the Nuggets for the last three seasons. You can hear him every weekday on the DNVR Nuggets podcast. Follow Harrison on Twitter - @HarrisonWind