Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris is set to miss four-to-six weeks, with a partially torn groin injury. Harris picked up the injury during Monday’s pre-season game against the Toronto Raptors. As a result of the injury, Harris played just 10 minutes on the night.
Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical broke the news of the injury.
Denver Nuggets guard Gary Harris is expected to miss 4-to-6 weeks with a partially torn groin muscle, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) October 5, 2016
Gary Harris Set to Miss 4-6 Weeks With Groin Injury
Harris, 22, was set to be the starting shooting guard this coming season. But with this injury, Harris will likely miss the first game of the season against the New Orleans Pelicans and possibly longer. Last season Harris developed into a productive starter for the Nuggets. After a promising rookie year, the Nuggets installed Harris as the starting shooting guard in his second season.
Last season Harris averaged 12.3 points, 1.9 assists and 2.9 rebounds in 76 games. Harris is progressing well, and is a part of a good young core in Denver. In Harris’s absence, Will Barton and rookie Jamal Murray will fill the gap. Barton is usually the Nuggets sixth man, but will have an opportunity to show what he can do as a starter in Denver.
With Harris’s injury, Nuggets fans will have an early opportunity to get a look at No.7 overall pick Jamal Murray. Expect Murray to get more pre-season minutes in the remaining games scheduled by the Nuggets. The Canadian guard out of Kentucky, is just one a of a group of talented young players on Denver’s roster. The Nuggets have an exciting young roster. With Emmanuel Mudiay, Nikola Jokic, Jusuf Nurkic, Malik Beasley and Murray all 22 or under. Maybe not tomorrow, or the next day. But two or three years down the line, this Nuggets team could develop into something special.
The Nuggests drafted Harris 19th overall in the 2014 NBA draft out of Michigan State University.