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.
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.
Vanderbilt (foot) will not play in Wednesday's game against the Jazz, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.
Vanderbilt came into the game questionable, however he has yet to return to practice with the team. He's yet to see any action for the Nuggets this season, so his absence won't affect their rotation.
Vanderbilt (foot) is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against Utah, Harrison Wind of BSNDenver.com reports.
Although Vanderbilt will carry a questionable tag into Wednesday, it seems unlikely that he'll be cleared to play, especially since he hasn't been a full participant in practice yet. The fact that he hasn't taken the court for the Nuggets this season also points to Vanderbilt beginning the year in the G League. Expect his status to be cleared up closer to tip.
Vanderbilt (foot) has taken part in practice the last few days, making it through defensive drills and some 3-on-3 while also taking time to focus on his jump shot, T.J. McBride of MileHighSports.com reports.
Vanderbilt continues to make progress following offseason foot surgery, although a timetable for his return remains murky. He'll likely be sent to the G League when he's ready to see game action.
Vanderbilt (foot) is nearing a return to availability, TJ McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Vanderbilt is yet to play this season as he works back from offseason surgery on his right foot, but he's been a limited participant in recent practices, which is a major step in the right direction. The rookie could head to the G League to get his wind back in the coming weeks, though the Nuggets may want him around for extra depth given their current injury situation. Either way, the Kentucky product isn't likely to be a fantasy-relevant contributor in 2018-19.
Vanderbilt (foot) is "a ways away" from returning to game action, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports.
That quote comes courtesy of head coach Mike Malone, who didn't sound overly optimistic about getting Vanderbilt back anytime soon. The Nuggets certainly won't rush him back from offseason foot surgery, and the expectation all along was that 2018-19 would be more of a developmental year for the second-round pick.
Vanderbilt (foot) is out Tuesday against the Kings, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Vanderbilt remains without a timetable for a return from his right foot injury. His next opportunity to take the floor arrives Thursday against the Lakers.
Vanderbilt (foot) has been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers, T.J. McBride of Mile High Sports reports.
Vanderbilt remains without a timetable for a return from a foot injury, and the Nuggets are expected to evaluate him from game-to-game as the season unfolds. Even when he returns to health, he'll struggle for playing time as he's currently buried on the team's depth chart. Vanderbilt's next chance to take the court will come Saturday against the Suns.
Vanderbilt (foot) has been ruled out for Tuesday's preseason matchup against the Lakers.
Vanderbilt hasn't been given any sort of timetable for his return, so he'll simply be evaluated on a game-to-game basis. At this point, his availability for the regular-season opener Oct. 17 against the Clippers is uncertain as well, so any action in the preseason would simply be a bonus. The Nuggets' second-round pick will likely be quite buried on the frontcourt depth chart and his absence from camp and the preseason certainly doesn't help his chances of getting minutes early this season.
Vanderbilt has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Los Angeles due to right foot surgery.
Vanderbilt's status for the preseason still remains unclear as he continues to recover from right foot surgery. The rookie has not seen any action since being drafted back in June and played only 14 games with Kentucky last season.
Vanderbilt (foot) remains without a return timetable, Harrison Wind of BSN Denver reports. "We don't have a timetable," president of basketball operations Tim Connelly said Monday. "Jarred is getting closer and closer."
The second-round pick was held out of summer league back in July, and at the time he was spotted with a cast on his right foot. The situation remains relatively clouded overall, but Vanderbilt battled an ankle injury near the end of his freshman season at Kentucky, and it's likely he was still dealing with some lingering effects. Connelly's comments Monday, however brief they were, seem to indicate that Vanderbilt won't be ready for the start of camp, but the hope is that he'll be healthy enough to see some action at some point in the preseason.
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