The Denver Nuggets are in the midst of Summer League action, and while all the attention has surrounded players like Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris and Jamal Murray, one player has flown underneath the radar: Juancho Hernangomez.
Adam Mares joined Gil Whiteley on Mile High Sports Radio AM 1340 | FM 104.7 to discuss the Nuggets efforts in Summer League and the play of Hernangomez.
“Juancho Hernangomez really stood out,” Mares said. “He really impressed me. He plays tough, grabs offensive rebounds. He gets to the free throw line.”
And the numbers back that up. Through three games, he’s averaging 11.0 points and 8.3 rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field. He had his best game so far against the Miami Heat, where he posted a double double – 14 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 2 steals.
Quite impressive for a guy most thought would get stashed over in Europe for another season.
If he keeps playing like this, though, that’s going to become a tougher and tougher decision for Tim Connelly and Michael Malone. Much like Nikola Jokic last season, when a prospect comes over from Europe and proves his capable of hanging with the big kids, it’s hard not to keep him in the building.
To listen to more on Hernangomez and the rest of the Nuggets in Summer League, click the podcast below …