Andrew Price is the founder of SpatialJam.com and works with basketball analytics for the Brisbane Bullets, the former team of Torrey Craig. Craig was the standout player for the Denver Nuggets at the Las Vegas Summer League and his play has earned him a two-way contract with the Nuggets. Since Denver is relatively thin at small forward (and lacks there is a decent chance that Craig will become an important piece of Denver’s roster this season.
I reached out to Andrew for some backstory on Craig and for a brief scouting report. He responded with 1500 words breaking down his career path and skill set in excellent detail! Check it out below.
Torrey Craig’s new two-way contract with the Denver Nuggets is an impressive milestone for a player who has spent his entire professional career in Australia and New Zealand. It’s a career that demonstrates Torrey Craig’s work ethic, his ability to understand his role on a team and play to his strengths and is another one that deviates slightly from the trajectory taken by many imported players who come to this part of the world.
Following a successful college career for USC Upstate, Torrey Craig packed his bags and left the United States for the first time and moved to Queensland, Australia to join the Cairns Taipans on a one-year deal for their 2014-15 NBL season. The NBL is known for being a tough, grind-it-out type league where players straight out of the NCAA often struggle to contribute and compete against the strength and experience of the local talent. Many an import player has come to the NBL in recent years expecting to dominate and crashed head first into what is a well-coached, well-scouted league with a high level of both local talent and opposing imported talent to face off against – a daunting prospect for a young player far from home.
Craig’s first season with Cairns saw him come off the bench for 9 points and 6 rebounds per game. As with any rookie, he had his ups and downs…