Craig is coming off the bench Tuesday against the Clippers.
With Gary Harris assuming his start in the starting five, Craig will head to the bench. Through three preseason contests, Craig has averaged 6.3 points, 3.7 boards and 1.0 steal across 20.8 minutes.
Craig scored eight points (2-9 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 3-4 FT), five rebounds, one steal and one block in 22 minutes during Tuesday's 113-111 preseason victory over the Lakers.
Craig remained in the starting lineup for the injured Gary Harris (hamstring) and fared a little better than his opening performance. Craig will be relegated back to the bench upon Harris' return, however, the fact he is starting bodes well for his spot moving forward. Barring a long-term injury, it is hard to see Craig playing his way into enough minutes to warrant standard league relevance.
Craig is wearing a mask for "precautionary reasons" after colliding with someone before training camp, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
There's no indication the injury is serious, so Craig is expected to be fully available for the Nuggets' first preseason contest Sunday against the Lakers. Craig signed a two-year, $4 million deal with Denver in early July after averaging 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds across 16.1 minutes last season -- his rookie campaign.
Craig was on a two-way deal as a 27-year-old rookie last season, but the Nuggets will now keep him around on a guaranteed contract that will run through the 2019-20 season. The South Carolina-Upstate product appeared in 39 games last season, making five starts and averaging 4.2 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Given the departure of Wilson Chandler, Craig could be in line for increased minutes in 2018-19 behind the newly extended Will Barton.
Craig now becomes a restricted free agent as the Nuggets will have the power to match any offer he receives on the open market. As a 26-year-old rookie last season, Craig played in 39 games and made his mark as a reliable wing defender. He didn't do much in the way of counting stats, however, and should widely go undrafted in most formats heading into next season, regardless of where he ends up.
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|2010-11||South Carolina Upstate||30||916||155||407||38.1||68||213||31.9||53||78||67.9||431||14.4|
|2011-12||South Carolina Upstate||34||1010||194||446||43.5||83||238||34.9||88||129||68.2||559||16.4|
|2012-13||South Carolina Upstate||33||1022||194||454||42.7||78||214||36.4||103||144||71.5||569||17.2|
|2013-14||South Carolina Upstate||34||1113||204||500||40.8||68||233||29.2||93||151||61.6||569||16.7|
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|2010-11||South Carolina Upstate||30||916||148||4.9||44||1.5||29||1.0||11||0.4||83|
|2011-12||South Carolina Upstate||34||1010||183||5.4||52||1.5||45||1.3||37||1.1||92|
|2012-13||South Carolina Upstate||33||1022||166||5.0||63||1.9||33||1.0||25||0.8||88|
|2013-14||South Carolina Upstate||34||1113||170||5.0||77||2.3||31||0.9||28||0.8||84|