LAS VEGAS — DeVaugh Akoon-Purcell caught the ball on the right side of the floor, charged downhill and crashed into a couple Milwaukee Bucks. The referee blew his whistle, and even though Akoon-Purcell earned a trip to the free throw line he still let out a manic yell after his shot didn’t drop into the basket for a potential and-one.
The intensity in Akoon-Purcell’s approach has been on display all week at Summer League. The former Illinois State Redbird, who last season played professionally in Denmark, followed up his 19-point performance Saturday with an 18-point game against the Bucks on Monday. He was Denver’s second-leading scorer as it defeated Milwaukee 90-83 to move to 3-0 in Las Vegas.
“DeVaughn sometimes scares both coaches,” Nuggets Summer League coach Jordi Fernandez joked. “He’s been really good for us. He can handle (the ball) in the second side, and defensively he’s awesome. I don’t know if you guys remember, but he made a big mistake and had a turnover. He ran back and got it back. Those effort plays — it could be a four-point swing, and you end up scoring. Those are huge.”