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.
Craig was one of the surprises of this NBA season, giving the Nuggets quality depth on the wing while they fought through injuries to some key players. However, despite that, if the team is able to make it into postseason play, Craig won't be part of the roster, as the Nuggets seem to be in favor of keeping around some quality veterans instead of Craig. The rookie appeared in 37 games total for Denver this season and started in five.
Craig will return to a bench role for Tuesday's game against the Pacers, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
Craig picked up the spot start Sunday against the Bucks with Wilson Chandler (nose) out of the lineup, posting seven points, eight rebounds, one assist and a two blocks across 36 minutes. However, Chandler has since been cleared and will reclaim a starting role, which sends Craig back to the bench. After logging 36 minutes Sunday, Craig will likely see something much closer to the 16.1 he averaged over the previous seven contests. As a result, Craig can be avoided by fantasy owners.
Craig tallied seven points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3Pt), eight rebounds, two blocks and one assist in 36 minutes during Sunday's 128-125 victory over Milwaukee.
Craig moved into the starting lineup with Wilson Chandler (nose) on the sidelines. Craig does not possess a lot of upside and despite the increase in playing time, he is just not going to have the ability to contribute on the offensive end. If Chandler is forced to miss additional time, Craig could be in line for some short-term run but is really only a streaming option at this stage.
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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|