The 2018 Summer League will run from July 6-17 at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. For the first time, all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance and play a minimum of five games each. The Nuggets’ first three scheduled games are July 6 against the Timberwolves, July 7 against Boston and July 9 against Milwaukee.
Back from last year’s roster are Malik Beasley, Monte Morris, Tyler Lydon and Petr Cornelie. Joining them are 2018 second-round pick Thomas Welsh, 2017 draft-and-stash Vlatko Cancar and a slew of free agents. 2018 draft picks Michael Porter Jr. and Jarred Vanderbilt, who are both recovering from injuries, will not play at Summer League.
The Nuggets will hold Summer League practices beginning Sunday before departing Thursday for Las Vegas. This year’s team will be coached by Nuggets assistant Jordi Fernandez.
*SLER = Summer League Excitement Rating
PG: Monte Morris – SLER: 10/10 – 23-years-old – 6-foot-3, 175 pounds – Last played with Nuggets
Morris, who the Nuggets selected 51st overall in 2017, only played 25 minutes with Denver last season but fared well in G League competition. With last year’s main options at backup point guard in Devin Harris and Will Barton about to become free agents, Morris could gain the inside track on next year’s backup spot with a strong showing in Las Vegas. He’s a high-IQ floor general who does a little bit of everything well. He has the ability to be one of Summer League’s standout players.
SG: Malik Beasley – SLER: 9/10 – 21-years-old, 6-foot-5, 195 pounds – Last played with Nuggets