Jordan Hamilton was the first Nuggets player to return to the team’s practice facility for full-scale individual workouts.

“I came back early because most guys after their rookie season they think that’s it’s time to have fun and time to enjoy the summer,” Hamilton said after a recent training session.

“I just feel like it’s time for me to get better. I wasn’t really satisfied with sitting on the bench, so I’m just putting in extra work to get better every day.”

Hamilton is eager to improve his defense, both on and off the ball.

“They said offensively I had it, but defensively they wanted me to get better,” Hamilton said of the feedback he received from coaches. “If I continue to do those things for the summer, I think I’ll have a chance to get a lot more minutes next year and get in the rotation.”