It’s been a bit of a mixed bag of Summer League play with the Denver Nuggets for Ryan Broekhoff. He went through everything, from being a starter to coming off the bench, and also suffered a minor injury, which led to limited game time.
Thankfully, that spectrum also extended to ‘breakout game’, with Broekhoff putting his talents on full display in the Nuggets’ final game, against the Washington Wizards, hitting three 3-pointers and even coming up with an excellent block.
In an interview with Believe The Hype following the conclusion of the Nuggets’ (and therefore Broekhoff’s) Summer League 2015, Ryan was composed and discussed the whole experience from his perspective.
“There were a lot of areas that I wish I could have improved and did better. There were mistakes and it’s easy to look back on now. Overall, I’m happy with how I went and it was good to be part of the Denver organization for this year’s Summer League.”
Broekhoff acknowledged the stop-start nature of his performances leading up to the Wizards game, and made a deliberate effort to step things up a notch.
“I guess I had a little bit of disappointment with the last few games, so I wanted to come out and play with a lot of energy. If I had shots, to take them and not pass up anything; be more aggressive on both offense and defense. I was happy with how it went tonight.”
Playing against Kelly Oubre Jr., who was the 15th pick in the most recent NBA draft, couldn’t have made for an easy night. Broekhoff called it “a tough match-up”, but such an experience could only be beneficial for his growth as a player, especially with the attitude he’s taken.
“Coming from Europe and playing against NBA-caliber athletes, there was a little bit of a difference; you have to adjust to their quickness and athleticism. That’s probably the big thing that I took from it, but it’s something I can learn and practice defending guys of this level.”
Broekhoff might yet garner some NBA attention, with his 40% shooting from beyond the arc sure to be useful to any team. Additionally, it must be said that shots and touches can be hard to come by in Summer League, where rookies and journeymen do all they can to put themselves in the shop window. There’s every chance that, in an actual NBA team concerned with wins and not individual stats, and where strategies are set up to create open looks, Broekhoff could and will be a real contributor.
Remember to listen to the full interview, and once again, great work by the guys over at Believe The Hype!