Quincy Miller signed a 10-day contract on Saturday and is striving to make an impression with the Kings.
“He can shoot the ball,” Kings coach Tyrone Corbin said. “He had a really good run (Tuesday in practice) shooting the ball. He’s getting more comfortable.
“It’s difficult coming in trying to learn a lot of plays, a lot of terminology at one time, but he’s handled himself well. ... I think his teammates are warming up to him.”
Miller wasn’t warm in Reno; he was red hot.
The 6-foot-9 forward led the NBA D-League in scoring at 26.3 points per game while shooting 52.2 percent from the floor and 35.6 percent from 3-point range.
Miller thrived under Bighorns coach David Arsenault, who has implemented the up-tempo style of play called “The System” from Grinnell College in Iowa.
While Sacramento isn’t going to run “The System” anytime soon, picking up the pace is a priority for the Kings and Miller feels he can contribute.
“Be decisive on the offensive end for sure,” Miller said, explaining his role in Sacramento. “The (coaches) want me to shoot, more pick and pop more so than rolling. At the same time, I can finish too. ... Rebound, just bring energy.
“Inside out, versatile,” Miller said, describing his game. “Not just shoot. I can get to the cup. I can push the ball.”
Miller was selected in the second round, 38th overall, in the 2012 draft by the Nuggets, and averaged 4.5 points appearing in 59 games over two seasons in Denver.
While the Baylor product didn’t stick with the Nuggets, Sacramento represents another opportunity for the 22-year-old.
"I always thought Quincy could turn into an NBA player because he loved the game and would work at it,” ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla said. “He never got to show what he could do at Baylor because he played his freshman year following major knee surgery.
“While he may have left too soon, it's hard for a young man to turn down a 'guarantee' in the draft."
Miller has drawn comparisons to a well established Kings player -- Rudy Gay -- and has even been referred to as “Rudy Junior” and “Little Rudy” on Twitter.
“There are definitely similarities,” Miller said. “There are things I can take from his game. ... We move the same. We kind of play the same.”
However at just 22 years old, Miller emphasizes that he wants to be his own player -- something he'll need to do if he wants to establish himself in the NBA.