Following the shipment of Will Barton and Monte Morris to the Washington Wizards, upcoming second-year pro Bones Hyland knows that he’s the next man up.
He understands that a larger role, opportunity and room for improvement will be handed to him moving forward by the Denver Nuggets.
“I knew what the move was,” Hyland said, via Mike Singer of The Denver Post. “They were already contacting me before and letting me know what was happening.
“After the moves even happened, the coaches called me, players called me, like, ‘Time to just go out there and be Bizzy. It’s a big opportunity for you.’ And they tell me every day, like, ‘You’re going to have a big role, big opportunity, a lot more minutes, just to just go out there and be yourself.’”
In his rookie year with the Nuggets, Hyland didn’t fail to impress with 10.1 points average to go with 2.8 assists and 2.7 rebounds. His productivity mostly off the bench has paid off upon being named as All-Rookie Second Team member last season.
With Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back, Hyland stands ready for call up, as the Nuggets will continue its exploits for that elusive NBA title.