Most Impressive Player: Juancho Hernangomez
This may not be the popular opinion with such a plethora of young talent on the Summer League roster, but no one proved as much as Juancho Hernangomez did. With absolutely no previous bias to be carried alongside his name, Juancho impressed in many different facets.
He did a little bit of everything. He was by far the Nuggets best offensive rebounder and one of the best in all of the Summer League. His ability to sneak into a space that seems to be unseen by anyone else on the court has given him the chance to gain position without being incredibly strong or large. This ability has also led to numerous opportunities for put-backs and second-chance buckets. And at times, he was able to show off his range, too. Overall, he finished with 11 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.
In the third game against the Heat, Hernangomez shined the brightest. Coming away with a line of 14 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, and two steals proves just how active he is. Juancho has one of the better noses for the ball I’ve seen. Everywhere there may be a loose ball or an unsecured rebound, there’s Juancho. His IQ is extremely high, and he simply plays the right way.
On top of that, he seems to really enjoy the team and organization as a whole, which is huge to keeping the positivity around the culture as seen in these tweets:
"We are in love with this team and with this franchise."
— Adam Mares (@Adam_Mares) July 12, 2016
With the Nuggets still considering stashing Hernangomez overseas, this coming tournament may be our last look at him against NBA-level talent for at least a year. So far he has shown that he belongs in the NBA. Count me as someone who wants him with the Nuggets from day one.