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Gary Harris: 'I expected rookie season to be better'

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris admits that he expected to do better in his rookie NBA season, but vows to improve next year.

Denver Nuggets shooting guard Gary Harris has revealed that he expected his rookie NBA season to go better than it did.

The 20-year-old struggled for regular game time last season, while he averaged just 3.4 points per game.

He told The Denver Post: "I kind of expected my season to go a little bit differently, just coming in. I've never had to deal with anything like that through my years of playing basketball. But it helped me grow. I just waited my turn, so now it's time for me to start showing some of the things that I learned."

Coach Michael Malone later insisted that he sees the former Michigan State star as a key player next season.

He said: "This year, this summer I want him to go out there and just relax and play and be confident. If you make a mistake or miss a shot, don't let it get you down, just keep on playing hard and keep on giving me effort on the defensive end, which I know he will

"So, I'm looking forward to a much better second season for Gary Harris."

Harris was the 19th pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.

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