Roundball Roundtable: The 2012 NBA Draft

The 2012 NBA Draft is in the books. It was a wild and unpredictable night with twists and turns nobody could have expected. In the end the Nuggets kept all three picks, selecting Evan Fournier at 20, Quincy Miller at 38 and Izzet Turkyilmaz at 50. Detailed analysis of each player will be posted in the coming days, but first, our writers’ initial reaction to the 2012 NBA Draft from the Nuggets’ point of view.


Nuggets select Fournier with 20th pick, Miller with 38th, some dude with 50th

In a completely shocking turn of events the Nuggets have selected Evan Fournier with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. More analysis to come, but for now, know this: Fournier isn’t a phenomenal athlete or shooter. His potential is somewhat limited, and there’s a good chance he stay overseas for at least another season. There were still plenty of “steals” available at 20 and the Nuggets reached on a guy nobody had going this high. Also, know one more thing: George Karl hates rookies. The fact Fournier likely won’t play in Denver this year probably pleases Karl to an extraordinary extent. This is totally unlike Ujiri and as of now I have this pick classified as a 100 percent head scratcher. Then again, Ujiri has never given me reason to doubt him…


Nuggets interested in White

In Chad Ford’s latest mock draft he has the Nuggets selecting Royce White ahead of players like Andrew Nicholson, Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones. Ford states, “Word on the street is that the Nuggets will step in and steal away White before he lands in Boston.”

White was the very first player we profiled in depth here at Roundball Mining Company as is someone we’ve consistently had ranked as a Top 3 prospect in all of our Big Boards. It appears his airplane anxiety is something he’s already starting to overcome — which is a great sign — and was really the only reason he was never ranked higher in the first place.

If the Nuggets do in fact draft White, just as I said last year with Faried, fans should be ecstatic. He’s a good kid and great fit for the team (not to mention an incredible basketball player to boot). There’s still a lot of time left before draft time rolls around so keep checking back in as we’ll have updates throughout the evening.

Talking NBA Draft with Colorado Sports Guys

Last night I joined Nate Timmons and Ross Martin, also known as the Colorado Sports Guys, to talk about the Nuggets and the roll they’ll play in the 2012 NBA Draft. You can listen to the podcast player below (I come on at about the 40 minute mark), at the Colorado Sports Guys’ website or download it free on iTunes.

Bradley Beal: Nuggets Interested in Trading Up to Draft Me

While we are passing along hot rumors, a new article by Chad Ford reports that Oklahoma City GM Sam Presti told Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal the Thunder would look into trading up to draft him.  Who cares?  Not gonna happen, right?  Well, a little further down the page Beal shares that another playoff team from the Northwest Division made a similar comment.


Too good to be true: Nuggets discuss moving Chandler for seventh pick in Draft

ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting the Nuggets are very active in Draft day trade talks, discussing a possible deal with the Warriors that centers around trading Chandler for the No. 7 pick in the first round. As part of the proposed deal the Nuggets would likely have to take on Dorell Wright and the last year of his contract at just north of $4 million.


Denver Nuggets Big Board: Digging for gold in the second round

In the final edition of our Big Board series we’ll be taking a look at an array of prospects slated to be available in the second round of the 2012 NBA Draft. Because this half of the draft is so unpredictable and because I did not get a chance to watch some of these players, there will not be a designated order in which they appear. These are simply the best players, in no specific order, forecasted to land outside of the first round in the eyes of most draft aficionados.


Denver Nuggets 2012 NBA Draft Options

I look forward to the NBA Draft every June.  I love it.  All 30 teams belly up to the craps table, some will win big and some will lose big.  Opportunities will present themselves, difficult choices must be made.  Of course, there will be many players drafted who never accomplish a thing, but that makes it all the more interesting to me.

The Denver Nuggets are poised to make a splash.  They have a roster full of quality players going two deep at every spot, fifteen picks over the next five drafts and a large trade exception.  They can be as active as they want to be.

So what should the Nuggets be looking to accomplish on Thursday night?  What do they really need?


The Denver Nuggets, Finances and Free Agency

The Denver Nuggets have an opportunity to add a quality player, or three, in the upcoming NBA Draft, soon after that free agency will kick off so it is important to know how the Nuggets stand heading into both events.  Kalen has been doing a fantastic job of covering the draft so I will lay out a picture of the Nuggets financial standing and provide a few insights into the upcoming free agency period.


Denver Nuggets Big Board: Accumulative rankings

In the prior editions of our Big Board series Roundball Mining Company examined two separate factions of candidates for the Nuggets to select with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. One group included players most pundits project as being available by the time the Nuggets first-round selection arrives, while the other consisted of players that could slip but will most likely be off the board by the time the 20th pick rolls around. With the Draft now less than a week away we’ve decided to compile a list of the Top 10 players featured in all of our Big Board articles to make a single, comprehensive big board that ranks the best player available for the Nuggets to chose with its first-round selection.


Denver Nuggets Big Board: Outliers

In Roundball Mining Company’s first Big Board of the year we covered six prospects likely to be available with the 20th pick in the Draft. The second installment of this series will explore more higher-rated prospects who shouldn’t, but may fall to the Nuggets first-round selection on Draft night. This is the Denver Nuggets Big Board: Outliers edition.


Bobcats hire former Nuggets assistant Mike Dunlap for head coaching position

In what most consider to be a very surprising hire, the Charlotte Bobcats have decided to name Mike Dunlap as head coach after an extensive search that concluded Monday.

Dunlap was an assistant this past year at St. John’s University where he held the head coaching position for a majority of the season while Steve Lavin recovered from surgery due to pancreatic cancer.

Prior to arriving at St. John’s, Dunlap held assistant duties at Arizona and Oregon. He was a head coach at Metropolitan State College of Denver from 1997-2006 where he led the Roadrunners to three national championship appearances, winning two NCAA Division II titles in the process. He also won NCAA Division II Coach of the Year while with the Roadrunners and was inducted into the Metropolitan State College of Denver Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dunlap was an assistant under George Karl with the Nuggets from 2006-08. There is speculation that another former Nuggets assistant, Tim Grgurich, could be joining him in Charlotte, again as an assistant. He is considered to be one of the brightest minds in all of basketball and a specialist of Xs and Os.


Nuggets to work out three players on Roundball Mining Company radar

After a period of silence, the Nuggets have finally announced the next group of players scheduled to work out for the team on June 18. The list includes six players, three of whom appeared in Roundball Mining Company’s first Big Board of the year. The Nuggets have graciously granted permission to our writers to attend the event, however it appears nobody will be able to make it due to occupational limitations.


Denver Nuggets 2012 Summer League Schedule

The NBA just released the Las Vegas Summer League schedule, featuring 24 teams competing in 60 games from July 13-22. The Denver Nuggets will be participating in five games from July 14-20. Full schedule below

July 14 Golden State COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.
July 15 Dallas COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.
July 17 New York COX Pavilion 2:00 p.m.
July 19 Charlotte Thomas & Mack Center 8:30 p.m.
July 20 Portland COX Pavilion 4:00 p.m.

Chad Iske will coach the Summer League team this year, a position previously held John Welch in 2009 and ex-Nuggets assistant Jamahl Mosely in 2010 (summer league was cancelled in 2011 due to the lockout). The roster is yet to be announced but the Nuggets have confirmed second year players Kenneth Faried, Jordan Hamilton, and Julyan Stone will participate. The Nuggets announced on their website that all five games will be televised by Altitude with pre and post game coverage. NBATV will also broadcast all 60 games nationally, including 39 live from the Thomas and Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.

Summer League will showcase the best young talent in the league, with 13 of the 14 teams in June 28th’s draft lottery set to participate. Presumably, the Nuggets will feature at least one of their selections from the upcoming draft as Denver currently has one first round and two second round picks.

For those thinking of traveling to Vegas in mid-July, tickets are $25 a day for adults and on sale now at Roundball Mining Company will be in Vegas covering games and posting content.  As always, we will continue to update you on developments as summer league rosters begin to take shape following the draft on June 28th.


The trading post

As fans, one of our favorite things to do is play the role of NBA general manager. We love to analyze players, ponder team needs and above all, formulate trade scenarios that will facilitate the movement of assets towards the team we often fantasize about in the hopes these transactions will one day lead directly to an NBA title. In other words, we love trades. This article aims to celebrate that unbridled fandom by introducing three realistic trade scenarios involving the NBA Draft and of course, Roundball Mining Company’s favorite piece of trade bait: Wilson Chandler.


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