With the NBA draft almost upon us, I thought now would be a good time to remind Nuggets fans of the steal we got last year in Quincy Miller. If he were in this year’s draft he would be a lock to be in the top 5. Miller is a stretch four who drew comparisons to Kevin Durant in high school. So, how did he fall to us in the second round.
In high school, Miller was closely followed by scouts and Slam Magazine. At one point Slam Magazine declared him the best prospect in his Class. On average he was in the top four of his class with such talent as Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Then during Miller’s senior of high school he tore his ACL. Quincy enrolled in Baylor and went on to win the BIG-12 freshman of the year. Accomplishing this just one year after his ACL injury. But, Miller was not the same player who was so dominant in high school. He entered the draft in a somewhat questioned decision. Quincy fell out of the first round and luckily fell into our laps.
Miller was selected by the Nuggets with the 38th pick in the draft one pick after his Baylor teammate Quincy Acy. Quincy would go on to play for the Nuggets summer league averaging 6.8ppg and 5.2 rebounds. Miller would not see much action during his rookie season appearing in only 7 games. He did however shine in the D-League. In his debut with the Iowa Energy he had 17 points and 8 rebounds. During his first stint with Iowa he averaged a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
So now with talks of the Nuggets wanting to trade their 1st round pick because they are happy with the youth they have. They must believe in somebody on the bench to step up. That player is Quincy Miller. Josh Kroenke raves about his work ethic and how it led him to come back too early from his injury. He has been in the gym constantly since the season ended working on his game. Strength and conditioning coach Steve Hess has been working with him to bulk up and have more of an NBA body. And new GM Tim Connelly believes Miller is the player to give the Nuggets a lift following a franchise record 57 wins. The Nuggets feel that Quincy Miller is their first round pick and that’s why they are considering trading the 27th pick.
Hopefully this season minutes are not wasted on Anthony Randolph and Quincy Miller is given an opportunity to shine. He is the golden nugget on the Nuggets bench waiting to be uncovered. Miller is a stretch four who can bring an explosiveness to an already deadly Nuggets offense.
Quincy Miller was kind enough to answer a few questions for me and here they are.
BG: Are you fully healed from your ACL injury?
QM: Yes I am for sure
BG: How was Iowa and what did the D-League show you?
QM: Definitely an experience I won’t forget and it taught me more than I can tell you.
BG: Will you be playing in the summer league?
QM: Yes I am playing in the summer league.
BG: Thanks and see you at the summer League.