Players, coaches appreciate Nuggets wing Torrey Craig’s efforts for the Team USA Select Team
Basketball fans might have hoped that the 2019 USA squad would be filled with superstars as Gregg Popvich and co. prepare for the FIBA World Cup. But that simply is not the case. While players like James Harden and Anthony Davis will not participate for Team USA this summer, the roster will at least see the likes of Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, Donovan Mitchell and Jayson Tatum take the floor. Meanwhile, the Select Team–full of young guys that are promised to get a run in exhibitions with the Senior Team–wants to leave an impression. While this group includes names like De’Aaron Fox and Jarrett Allen, it is the team’s “veteran” who is leaving his mark on the young guys. Players and coaches raved to NBA.com Denver Nuggets Staff Writer Alex Labidou about forward Torrey Craig’s contributions at camp.
“I love Torrey, he knows who he is. He’s had a hard fight to get here and he’s a tremendous competitor — you can’t have enough great competitors,” Jeff Van Gundy said on Wednesday. “We’re so blessed to have him here. I really like him.”
Twenty-one-year-old New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson is one of several players who have enjoyed Craig’s leadership.
“He’s taught us a lot,” Robinson told Nuggets.com. “He’s been playing for a hot second now and although I don’t know him personally, what I’ve seen this week has been just amazing.”
Craig–who is renowned for his defensive abilities–is the oldest player (28) on the Select roster, although he has only played two seasons in the NBA. However, if camp is any indication, his experience is already proving to be invaluable.