The 2016-17 NBL Defensive Player of the Year, Torrey Craig has agreed to sign a deal with the Denver Nuggets in the NBA following a strong Summer League showing.
Originally from South Carolina, Torrey moved to Australia in 2014 where he had stints with the Cairns Taipans and Wellington Saints before joining the Brisbane Bullets for the 2016-17 season. He enjoyed a successful season making the All-NBL second team averaging 15.2 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
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This caught the eye of the Nuggets when they offered Craig a spot on their Summer League roster. Here the versatile wing would average 11.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1 steal in 22.2 minutes whilst also showcasing his outstanding defensive skills.
This was enough for the Nuggets to sign the 26 year old to a two-way contract where he will spend most of his time playing for the Nuggets G-League affiliate. The loss of Craig will be a major blow for the Bullets in the upcoming NBL season but also shows the improving strength of the league with another player signed to an NBA franchise following on from Adelaide’s Terrance Ferguson in the recent NBA draft.