Playing with energy on the court is an essential piece of winning in the NBA. Positive reinforcement builds chemistry between players young and old. Developing lasting relationships has helped Coach Michael Malone’s Denver Nuggets squad early in the new campaign.
The Denver Nuggets are tied for the fourth-best record (7-3) in the Western Conference and are hungry to gain ground on its opponents. When the Nuggets need an extra surge of energy – the team turns their explosive sophomore guard Bones Hyland.
The Denver Nuggets see immediate results after drafting Bones Hyland.
With the twenty-sixth pick in the 2021 NBA draft, Denver selected a sharpshooter from Wilmington, Delaware. Bones Hyland was already a familiar name in the tri-state area, but an electrifying collegiate career attracted the eyes of hoop fans across the country. Hyland attended Virginia Commonwealth University for two seasons – leaving his mark on the inside of the gymnasium.
In 2020, Hyland doubled his points per game average from his freshman year (9), finishing his last season as a Ram with a 19.2 average. Adjusting to the speed of the NBA was a smooth transition for No.3. In 2021, Hyland averaged nineteen minutes on the hardwood and produced efficient numbers.
Knocking down three-point shots and hitting open teammates became the rookie’s niche. Denver’s newest addition ranked third in games finished with five or more threes by a rookie (5) – earning second-team honors on the All-Rookie team accolades.
Denver Nuggets rely on Hyland’s energy on and off the court
Intense workouts and tournament appearances kept Denver’s developing guard busy for the off-season. Videos of hoop sessions throughout the summer gave fans an inside look at their sophomore guard’s appetite for the upcoming season. Footage of Hyland’s bag of filthy handles and crisp jump shot excited the Mile High city but watching Hyland enjoy his craft sent a message to his fanbase.
Bones is known to get “Bizzy” – with or without the basketball. Hyland’s energy in the locker room and on the court creates a dynamic atmosphere for the Nuggets organization. His motives are pure – making him a part of Denver’s future. No.3 encourages teammates, competes at a high level, and wants to be the best.
Improvements in the off-season are helping Bones pick up where he left off last season. Hyland is ranked tenth in three-point percentage (51.1%), sitting among the best snipers in the league. With more minutes, No. 3 has more time to create offensive opportunities. His assists per night average (3.8) is higher than the previous season.
Malone and his staff are thrilled to have Bones as a member of their team. Denver’s faith in his development is strong, and they believe he will have a promising career. An impressive showing against the Utah Jazz served as the most recent example of Hyland’s magic.
Denver’s sophomore guard finished with 26 points, shooting 58.3% from the arc. Bones has proven that he is a vital part of the Nuggets and is willing to ensure they enjoy the ride to the top.