The commercial flights instead of the team charter, solo practices and pre-game cramming sessions with Nuggets coaches paid off in the end for Torrey Craig.

Craig, who logged 39 games last season for Denver under a two-way contract and averaged 4.2 points in 16.1 minutes per game, inked a two-year $4 million contract with the Nuggets earlier this month. He became one of the few players that played under two-way contracts to re-up with their original team on a regular NBA deal.

Craig’s whirlwind journey took the undrafted 27-year-old out of the University of South Carolina Upstate in 2014 from the Gold Coast of Australia – where he played for the last three seasons before arriving in Denver – to the Nuggets’ Summer League team in 2017. Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly was tipped off to the rangy 6-foot-6 wing by his brother, Joe, who coached against Craig in the NBL. But Craig nearly turned down Denver’s invitation in favor of staying in Australia for another season.

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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