Vanderbilt finished with 12 points (5-9 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-4 FT), 12 rebounds, two assists and one steal across 23 minutes during the Nuggets' 95-82 loss to the Celtics in a Las Vegas Summer League game Tuesday. The 2018 second-round pick paced the Nuggets in boards while checking in second to Brandon Goodwin in scoring. Vanderbilt saw action in 17 regular-season games for Denver last season as a 19-year-old rookie, and he's receiving some valuable game reps thus far in Las Vegas. Through two games in the tournament, Vanderbilt has averaged 8.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals across 24.0 minutes.
Vanderbilt earned three minutes during Friday's 111-93 win over the Knicks. Vanderbilt made his 10th appearance of the season but didn't log any stats in this one. Nuggets coach Michael Malone has opted to shorten his rotation lately, and the rookie big man was already on the outside looking in most nights. As a result, with the exceptions of lopsided contests like this one, Vanderbilt will mostly be glued to the bench and shouldn't be relied on for fantasy purposes.
The Nuggets recalled Vanderbilt from the G League's Delaware Blue Coats on Wednesday. Before making his NBA debut Jan. 25, Vanderbilt had been sidelined all season while recovering from right foot surgery. He's been in the G League for the past week and a half to pick up additional playing time and regain conditioning, but Denver will bring him back ahead of Wednesday's game in Brooklyn. On a deep Nuggets roster, it's unlikely that Vanderbilt will be a fixture in the rotation this season, so it wouldn't be surprising if another G League assignment was on tap in the near future.
Vanderbilt was assigned Saturday to the G League's Delaware Blue Coats. Vanderbilt made his NBA debut Friday against the Suns, posting one point, three rebounds, one assist and one steal in four minutes. However, his role with the Nuggets is expected to be minimal, so there's a strong chance he'll garner most of his playing time in the G League moving forward.
Vanderbilt (foot) played four minutes Friday in the Nuggets' 132-95 trouncing of the Suns, finishing with one point (1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist and one steal. The No. 41 overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2018 NBA Draft, Vanderbilt saw his first competitive action Friday in 11 months after finally recovering from surgery for a right ankle/foot injury that dated back to his college days. The rookie turned in a surprisingly full line during his time on the court, but it's probably not anything that will motivate coach Michael Malone to make Vanderbilt a regular part of the rotation. The Nuggets will likely send Vanderbilt to the G League at some point in the near future to give him as many in-game reps as he can handle.
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