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Nikola Jokic made his unofficial NBA debut back in July, 2015 at Las Vegas Summer League in front of empty stands and without fanfare. For most NBA fans, Jokic was an afterthought on the Nuggets summer league roster behind rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, end of bench players Gary Harris, Erick Green, and Joffrey Lauvergne. Jokic averaged just 8 points,…...

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Paul Millsap said the Nuggets’ talented rookie has a lot of “sauce” in his game. Monte Morris called the swingman “special.” Nikola Jokic went as far as to say that Michael Porter Jr. “has a gift.” It won’t be easy for the Nuggets to move on from their 2018-19 season, which ended in disappointment Sunday at the hands of the...

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LAS VEGAS — Monte Morris, Malik Beasley and the Denver Nuggets will not run the table at Summer League. Denver, who entered the tournament portion of the Vegas showcase undefeated, fell 85-77 to the Toronto Raptors. The Nuggets led the Raptors 44-38 at the half behind strong first-half showings from both Morris and Beasley. But Toronto outscored Denver 28-18 in...

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LAS VEGAS — The Nuggets were fully aware of the risks involved when they selected Michael Porter Jr. 14th overall in last month’s draft. His surgery in November — a L3-L4 microdiscectomy on his lower back — and medical red flags damaged the former projected top pick’s draft stock enough for 12 teams to pass on him. Because of the...

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LAS VEGAS — If Summer League is indeed Monte Morris’ chance to earn the Nuggets’ backup point guard job, he certainly began the Las Vegas showcase on the right foot. Morris started at point guard for Denver in its opener, scored a team-high 15 points, ran the offense effectively in his 29 minutes and guided the Nuggets to a 70-69...

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Like many coaches, Jordi Fernandez is a teacher at heart. This summer, the Nuggets assistant coach is tasked with coaching, or teaching, basketball to 16 players, many of whom have never played with one another before. The Nuggets’ practice court is his classroom. Before he accepted a player development position with the Cavaliers in 2009, Fernandez was working towards his Ph.D....

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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...

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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...

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With the draft just over two weeks away, Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly addressed the media Wednesday afternoon at Pepsi Center following Denver’s third pre-draft workout in as many days. Connelly spoke on a number of subjects including what the Nuggets’ draft night approach will be, Denver’s plans in free agency, ways they could shed salary and how...

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