Wednesday, October 5

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris suffered a partially torn groin and is expected to miss anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

The injury took place when the Nuggets were facing the Toronto Raptors Monday night, and the 22-year-old shooting guard was limited to just ten minutes in the contest. Harris was set to enter his third season as a pro, and the former Michigan State Spartan showed a promising future after breaking out as a sophomore.

After averaging 12.2 points on 47 percent shooting, Harris proved that he has the potential to foster a significant load on offense. The need for him was enhanced by Emmanuel Mudiay‘s incredible struggles as a rookie, and Harris alleviated some of the pressure from the future face of the franchise.

At 6’4, Harris is a versatile scoring guard, and he can consistently get to his spot and knock down shots from any of the three levels. He’s at his best when he puts his head down and attacks the cup, but his mid-range game is becoming a bigger part of his arsenal, and his three-point shooting is up 15 percent from his rookie year.

While him being hurt doesn’t bode well for the Nuggets, they aren’t totally lost at that position. Will “The Thrill” Barton is next up to start at the two, and rookie¬†Jamal Murray will battle him for those minutes. Rounding out the rotation is fellow rookie Malik Beasley.

Murray is a natural scorer with combo guard skills and stretches the floor a lot better than Barton. On the other hand, Barton is an electrifying athlete who brings boundless energy with him onto the court.

Regardless of who starts, Denver will have a fighting chance when matching up against other shooting guards around the league.