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.
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 has been assigned to the G League.
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.
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.
Vanderbilt (foot) is questionable for Friday's game against the Suns, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Vanderbilt was questionable for Wednesday's game against the Jazz for the first time all season, but he was ultimately ruled out. The rookie appears to be very close to making his NBA debut and will likely end up being a game-time decision Friday.
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