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…

Update: 8:30 PM Mountain – Jeremy

With Fournier being largely an unknown to Nuggets fans, and admittedly to me, here is some info for you everyone to consume:

Sebastian Pruiti on Grantland labels Fournier as one of his sleepers comparing his ability to come off ball screens to James Harden.

Both Harden and Fournier come off of ball screens looking to get to the rim. Harden has more moves right now — though Fournier has a nice hesitation move — but their mentality is very similar.

Check out Sebastian’s full report here.

From DraftExpress on Fournier’s Euro Camp performance:

Evan Fournier competed today after working out in a one-on-zero setting for the scouts in attendance yesterday, and helped himself considerably more in turn. In 29 minutes of action, Fournier scored 12 points, looking smooth creating his own shot on the perimeter and making plays being aggressive in transition while showing good court vision finding the open man. The top 2012 draft prospect at this event, Fournier shot well today, going 2-4 from three in the first game and 2-3 in the second game, which was extremely important considering that this is the area he struggled in most this season. Had he shot a better percentage from beyond the arc with Poiters this season, its reasonable to wonder if he would be considered a legit top-20 prospect in this deep draft.

He also told DraftExpress that he wants to play in the NBA this season and who can blame him since his French team sucks.

Read his full DraftExpress profile here.

(UPDATE: The Nuggets have selected Quincy Miller with the 38th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. This is an absolute steal. Had Miller stayed in school he likely would have been a Top 10 selection in the 2013 NBA Draft. Nuggets fans should rejoice, as this Draft has turned around 180 degrees. More coverage to come, so stay tuned!)

(UPDATE: The Nuggets have selected Izzet Turkyilmaz with the 50th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. I’ve never heard of him before in my entire life. Another “stash” pick, and perhaps another head scratcher.)

  • Eddie

    What is going on? Has the Masai magic ebbed, or, as we all hope, he has an ace up is sleeve?
    20th pick on an unknown foreign kid seems odd.

    Why has Jones III dropped so far? 26 & counting.

  • magster

    I’ll hazard a theory: Denver thinks their roster is so sufficient now that they picked someone who has uber-special-holycrap-superstar potential in a couple of years versus picking someone who can help them right away.

    Kind of like investing in Microsoft in 1982.

    • Bryan

      Yeah, that’s my problem with this pick. It suggests that they think higher of the roster as it’s currently assembled then they should, if they’re interested in winning championships.

  • Aaron

    Completely Shocked. This is TheWorst Pick i

  • Beau

    He better shoot the lights out and become Manu Ginobili 2.0 or I am gonna be pissed about this pick in the future. Also, we should go for Gasol.

    • Peter

      Since when can you expect the 20th pick to be a future all star? That’s a big extreme. The last 5 #20 picks were Jason Smith, Alexis Ajinca, Eric Maynor, James Anderson and Donatas Motiejunas. Only Smith and Maynor are even rotation players in the league. If it works out it’s a plus and if it doesn’t you can’t fault him for it.

  • Ryan

    He just gave you a HUGE reason to doubt him.

  • magster

    Would you rather have an absolute steal and absolute fail (Faried + Fournier) or 2 “eh, he’s ok” type players?

  • Ryan

    I’d rather have a gm with some common sense and have both Faried and Jones III or Sullinger.

    • Fraser

      are you crazy, sullinger is the least athletic player in the whole draft and doesn’t fit they nuggets system AT ALL

  • Poz_303

    Will be interesting now who we pick at 38 and 50. He did work out for the Nuggets so they must have seen something special in him. It’s a head scratcher right now but I have to believe the Denver Fo knows what they are doing. Maybe it’s as an asset for a trade or maybe they saw something special during the workout.

  • DH

    Heat get Moultrie. Thunder get PJ III. Of course. I’m going to go bang my head against a wall now.

  • slugdugg

    Ethmios Abdul Wa-Becerovic

  • AAA

    We should have picked PJ3. He’s gonna kill us now playing for okc.

    It’s harsh for me to question ujiri but what the hell man this is a terrible pick

  • Peter

    Of all the decisions Massai has made since he’s been here, this will turn out to be one of the least important in my opinion. He’s already in better position than 2/3 of the teams in the NBA and he in’herited an aging team and our superstar wanted out. In less than 2 years he has turned us into a young exciting team with reasonable contracts and a bright future. Name me another GM that could have done a better job? I rest my case.

  • Asdqqq

    Impossible to tell how this pick will turn out. But Ujiri’s primay background is international scouting, so if anyone is likely to know, it’s him. So glad we didn’t draft PJIII or Moultrie though. And it looks like there will still be a guy I’d have been happy taking in the 1st still around in the 2nd. No chance Evan would have made it that far.

  • Gerardo

    The dude we picked is supposbily a big laker fan, and was kinda talking stuff about Denver when we were playing the lakers in the playoffs. But anyways I trust in Masai im sure this pick will be nice for us in the future.

    • Sanokumo

      I read some interview or piece about him some where and it said he was a huge Kings fan even wheres the # of his favorite player Mike Bibby.

  • DH

    Ouch, I wanted Orlando Johnson with #38 and he just went at #36.

    Quincy Miller, Will Barton, Orlando Johnson, Tyshawn Taylor, Kyle O’Quinn, Doron Lamb, Kim English still available, I think. C’mon Masai, no surprise pick here.

  • DH

    Quincy Miller. OK – good upside this time, anyway.

  • Nuggfan5

    For the people that say they hate this pick: Have you ever once seen Evan Fournier play? If not, watch this 50 min video of him ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=NE8q5JimtNg&feature=endscreen ) then come back and tell us about how bad he is.

    I’m a huge fan of this pick. His game is OKAY right now but his potential is super high. This is definitely a good pick by Denver.

    • AAA

      I think most fans just had their eyes set on other guys such as jones, sullinger or moultrie and were disappointed we didn’t pick them

      Evan Fournier just copped the brunt of shocked fans who don’t know what he is like.

      I like fournier but just thought he was a bit of a reach but paired with the daylight robbery of Quincy miller, Denver is having a great draft

    • Ryan

      I dunno. I guess we will have to wait and see. He may turn out to be ok but I will bet my next paycheck he won’t end up being the player Jones III or Sullinger will be though. We got luck that Miller fell to us at 38. Saved Massai’s butt!

      • Nuggfan5

        I think those two will be better sooner. But in the long run, I’m pretty sure Fournier will have a better career than both of them. He’s already good at 19 years old and has the potential to be great in a few years. PLUS, no health issues.

  • AAA

    Turned into a great draft . Quincy miller should have been the pick at 20 but no way Fournier would be available at 38. Either way you look at this, it is a great draft for us. Especially with the option of stashing Fournier for a year because of the lack of playing time he will receive.

    I’m sorry I ever questioned you masai ujiri

    • Landry

      Same, I just looked over Qunicy Miller on NBAdraft.Net “Mentally tough , competitor” I am impressed with his shrewdness despite media leaks and his appeasement to his star play, Ty Lawson!!!

  • Asdqqq

    When Silver got up there for Toronto and said Quincy my heart dropped, and then he finished with Acy and my heart soared. How did the best prospect on Baylor get drafted after two other guys from that school?

    • AAA

      I almost starting yelling in anger when I heard Quincy as well

      • Trip

        Being a big fan of Baylor Basketball, I think Quincy Acy has some potential to play like Faried does, I dont think he will have an immediate impact like Faried did, but He is a good pick for the raptors. Now onto the Nuggets i believe that Q Miller has the most NBA potential of the three, PJ3 might be the most NBA ready, but Miller will be a great fit for this team. Hopefully Karl lets him play some.

  • Daniel

    I guess it will be Julyan Stone at the back up PG after all. I still think we need to shore up the Pg pos though and pick up a FA.

  • DH

    Nugs take Izzet Turkyilmaz at #50. ESPN says he’s 7’0″ and 175 pounds! I hope that’s a typo on the weight. That would make John Henson look like a tank.

  • Asdqqq

    According to ESPN’s draft profile, Turkyilmaz was born in 1900 and is 112 years old. Yeah, Ujiri goes deep.

    • DH

      Oh good, so he’s got LOTS of experience then.

  • Asdqqq

    Am I remembering right that they pronounced it Its-at Turkey-malz?

  • bayesk

    everyone is so eager to assume that passing on ‘better’ players than Fournier, like Sullinger and PJIII, is a colossal bungle. but no one can reasonably say that they absolutely know that one of these Moultries or Jenkinses is sure-fire, guaranteed, 100% going to be a better player than Fournier –– a kid about which we essentially know nothing. if perry and jared et al were really that terrific, why did they fall in the first place? don’t get me wrong; it may turn out after some years just like you say, but i have a hard time seeing certainty in any NBA draft, let alone at 20.
    i have no idea if ANY of these guys floating around our 20th spot will amount to anything. i do know that we’ll be, at worst, a good and watchable team next year. no one at 20 was going to raise our ceiling significantly (though i may eat my words when jenkins averages 43% from three). i am a little disappointed that all the talk of a big move up never panned out tonight; however, that 7 spot from GS never seemed quite high enough, and i think that Robinson at the fifth spot was the last guy from that first, premium tier.

    will we have as much flexibility next year, in terms of picks to dangle, room to sign key additions, etc.?

    • DH

      “no one at 20 was going to raise our ceiling significantly”

      In my opinion, that’s why it’s better to take a chance on a player who *could* raise the ceiling if he plays to his most optimistic projection. At #20, with the players who were on the board, I would have liked the Nuggets to risk the pick on someone who would compete for a starting position at some point, if he reached his potential. Jones and Sullinger were expected to be lottery picks coming into this college season. Moultrie has big upside (and a lot of questions). And Quincy Miller – whom we were fortunate enough to get – has a ceiling of “poor man’s Kevin Durant” according to Draft Express.

      In no way do I think that it’s 100% certain that any of them will pan out. But it looks like, from what I’ve read about him, that we took a guy who’s also risky (it’s very, very hard to evaluate an overseas player) but doesn’t have much of a ceiling. I hope the “experts” are wrong about him. I guess we’ll see.

      • bayesk

        i see your point; both those guys you mentioned ARE more than likely to be solid players, but i have award time seeing either one excelling. seems like we’ve seen the best of both jones and sullinger. wasn’t it just last year that they were no-doubt lottery picks? didn’t they regress, at least to some degree?
        meanwhile Fournier is said to be steadily and significantly improving, and settling into a role as the go-to guy. at his extremely young age –– younger than austin rivers for example, who imho will probably just end up being a ball hog without the production or impact to justify it –– and in a basketball culture that plays young talent even less than GK (!), it sounds like there’s a good chance that Ujiri did see something special in the frenchman.
        but i’m googling how to say “bust” en français, just in case.

  • Peter

    Interesting, with Fournier a first rounder and saying he doesn’t want to play another year in France that means somebody is on their way out. Probably Rudy is the obvious choice here, as a 2nd round pick Quincy Miller does not get a guaranteed contract I believe. So unless we trade Chandler for picks or trade multiple players for less players somebody is going to get squeezed.

    PG: Lawson, Stone (Miller? good as gone I’m guessin)
    SG: AAA, Hamilton, Fournier, Fernandez
    SF: Gallo, Chandler, Brewer, Q. Miller
    PF: Faried, Big Al
    C: JaVale, KK, Mozgov.

    If we let Rudy go and re-sign Andre that puts us right at 15 by my count. If Dre leaves we should be in the market for a backup point guard.

    • Peter

      Woops, I forgot Birdman, so there is only one of three options left:
      1) Either we amnesty him or big Al(unlikely as previously mentioned).

      2) There is a trade coming.

      3) Quincey Miller doesn’t make this team…

      • AAA

        If Quincy miller doesn’t make the team I’ll cry

    • Nuggfan5

      Resign Dre, Amnesty bird, let Fernandez go back to Spain. That = 15 players including Fournier and Q.

      • Zack

        How about I change one thing: Don’t resign Andre.

        • Nuggfan5

          Why not resign Dre? Is there someone better in free agency?

          • Zack

            I personally just really don’t like Andre Miller as the Nuggets backup PG, for the simple reason that I want to see Ty Lawson take another step forward, and to do that he can’t be playing, in essence, SG on offense for half of the time he is on the court. Ty always deferred to Miller when they were both on the court. I want to see Ty play 35+ minutes a night and be THE man at PG.

            Without Miller it makes things easier on Ty, imo.

  • dynamo.joe

    So, like turkey and greece hate each other, right?

    I can’t wait for the the 7 footers to go mano Y mano, my money is on Koufus!

  • AAA

    Some dude? We should have drafted DJO as a pure scoring back up point guard or scott machado. But its pick 50 so can’t complain.

  • bmd

    Evan Fourier can straight ball great pick

  • bmd

    *Fournier

  • Slurm

    In short this is what the french guy said about the nuggets and Denver a month ago “what can someone possibly like about Denver, shit”

    • http://nugznazty.wordpress.com/ owen

      he’s from france and was just mouthing cause he liked the lakers. whatever– now we can show him he was wrong. we have people on these forums calling him a frog who have prolly never had a baguette.

  • bayesk

    One more:

    “Despite his (highly improvable) weaknesses as a perimeter shooter and defender, Fournier is a very intriguing NBA prospect thanks to his extremely intriguing combination of size, ball-handling ability, scoring instincts and productivity. Considering his age (he’s younger than many collegiate freshmen, such as Austin Rivers and Cody Zeller), and the improvement he’s shown over the past 18 months, Fournier obviously has plenty of room to continue to grow as a prospect over the next few years.”

    From DraftExpress.com http://www.draftexpress.com#ixzz1z9RTNWmo
    http://www.draftexpress.com

    • DH

      Draft Express has his “Best Case” as John Salmons. Then again, I think he’s so raw it’s hard to know what he’ll be.

      • Asdqqq

        Batum compared him to Ginobli.

        • Ryan

          Batum plays for the Blazers, he might be messing with us lol

  • dynamo.joe

    Well, Zach Harper just declared Quincy Miller the steal of the draft.

    Maybe that will make some people feel a lil better.

    • DH

      Well, that’s good to hear, and I love Zach, but here are some things he’s said in the past…

      Me (before the 2010-11 season): I think Afflalo is going to make a big jump this season – he could average close to 15 ppg.

      Zach: In the D-League?

      Someone Else (early in the season this year): Why don’t you like Lawson?

      Zach: Because he’s terrible?

      Me (when Zach was discussing possible ROY candidates before this season): How ’bout some love for my man Faried?

      Zach: Is this a joke?

      Anyway, in this case, I sure hope he’s right. I like the pick a lot, by the way.

  • Poz_303

    WTF??? #Nuggets president Josh Kroenke: “Our existing roster deserved a chance to move forward and compete together.”

    Then why draft anyone? Why not trade out of the draft completely and get more picks next year?

    Very strange reasoning.

  • Landry

    I like that Masai has given this team an identity as an international team because I’ve been calling for Gallo’s head to become a tough defensive team. Quincy Miller still hasn’t recovered his outstanding athletic ability, so maybe riding the bench is a good thing for a guy who is a good fit but behind 3 legit SF’s.

    Finally, Evan Fournier is one thing the nuggets don’t have, Crafty. Say what you want about Melo, but his jab-steps were a thing of beauty. Fournier will have to compete against J-Ham and AAA for playing time and will teach some new moves to the relatively 1 dimensional(at least on offense) SG’s that we have at the moment.

    • ryanvdonk

      j-ham is one dimensional? he showed a variety of ways to score the few times he had more than 5 minutes a game

  • Ricardo

    Evan Fournier:
    Has a really solid, strong body that helps him attacking the rim; he is not so explosive, but his first step allows him to beat opponents off the dribble … Very crafty offensively. He is a natural talent, and can score in many ways: shooting from three, attacking the basket and spotting up … Very adept at driving and dishing … Also has a nice left hand, and can grab rebounds, both in offense and defense … The trademark to his game is his ability to score clutch baskets. He seems to live for crunch time … Sees the floor exceptionally well for a 19 year old … He also is a very difficult defensive assignment because he is always in motion, working hard to get open looks … Defensively, he has nice position and good foot work, plays smart, not overly aggressive … Tremendous attitude, work ethic. Willing to put the work in to maximize his abilities …

    Quincy Miller:
    An incredibly skilled prospect, Miller has ideal size and a ridiculously lengthy (7’3) wingspan for a scoring small forward … Displays precise footwork, making every step a purposeful one … Despite previous ACL surgery, Miller is a mobile athlete that can slip and slide off his defender … With the ball in his hands, Miller is a crafty shot-creator on the perimeter, doing most of his offensive damage in the midrange … Uses impressive handle on the ball to create shots off the dribble on the perimeter, showing a high awareness of his defender’s positioning and an understanding of how to take advantage of that … Possesses balance after using effective pivots to get his shot off … Effectively uses off-ball screens to get open … As a finisher and scorer down low, Miller’s scoring instincts allow him to convert in a number of different ways despite lacking the strength and explosiveness to get easier buckets … Mentally tough, competitor …

    From nbadraft.net
    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/evan-fournier
    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/quincy-miller

  • AAA

    -Let miller and Fernandez walk.
    -Amnesty bird
    -Re-sign javale McGee
    -Sign a veteran point guard at vets minimum or sign undrafted fa Scott machado

    Lawson/ stone/ some old guy
    Afflalo/ Hamilton / Fournier
    Gallo/ chandler/ brewer/ q miller
    Kenny/ big al
    McGee/ Mozgov / koufos

    There’s your 15 man roster

  • Trevor

    I like the picks by the Nuggets tonight, hope to see Quincy Miller get a little playing time next year, could be the replace to Al Harrington as the backup PF?

    • Austin

      Although Miller has plenty of potential, his potential is at SF and he’s been taught to play on the perimeter so i dont think he will be a PF

  • Ricardo

    Evan Fournier:
    Has a really solid, strong body that helps him attacking the rim; he is not so explosive, but his first step allows him to beat opponents off the dribble … Very crafty offensively. He is a natural talent, and can score in many ways: shooting from three, attacking the basket and spotting up … Very adept at driving and dishing … Also has a nice left hand, and can grab rebounds, both in offense and defense … The trademark to his game is his ability to score clutch baskets. He seems to live for crunch time … Sees the floor exceptionally well for a 19 year old … He also is a very difficult defensive assignment because he is always in motion, working hard to get open looks … Defensively, he has nice position and good foot work, plays smart, not overly aggressive … Tremendous attitude, work ethic. Willing to put the work in to maximize his abilities …

    From nbadraft.net
    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/evan-fournier

    • Ricardo

      Sorry about posting the comment again, I didn’t know it was already posted at 35.

  • Ricardo

    Quincy Miller:
    An incredibly skilled prospect, Miller has ideal size and a ridiculously lengthy (7’3) wingspan for a scoring small forward … Displays precise footwork, making every step a purposeful one … Despite previous ACL surgery, Miller is a mobile athlete that can slip and slide off his defender … With the ball in his hands, Miller is a crafty shot-creator on the perimeter, doing most of his offensive damage in the midrange … Uses impressive handle on the ball to create shots off the dribble on the perimeter, showing a high awareness of his defender’s positioning and an understanding of how to take advantage of that … Possesses balance after using effective pivots to get his shot off … Effectively uses off-ball screens to get open … As a finisher and scorer down low, Miller’s scoring instincts allow him to convert in a number of different ways despite lacking the strength and explosiveness to get easier buckets … Mentally tough, competitor …

    From nbadraft.net
    http://www.nbadraft.net/players/quincy-miller

    • Ricardo

      Sorry about posting the comment again, I didn’t know it was posted at 35.

  • Michael (anotheraussienuggzfan)

    As with probably every other Nuggets fan I was shocked by the Fournier pick, however we have no glaring needs so I guess we leave him overseas to develop some more.
    I was very happy with the Quincy Miller pick, I was counting down the picks and looking at the players available as it got towards 38, it looks like Ty Lawson got his wish of drafting Miller.

    Now I’m looking forward to Summer League. I’m guessing our starters are:
    PG – Stone
    SG – Fournier
    SF – Hamilton
    PF – Faried
    C – Miller

    A reasonably balanced team, good passer in Stone, outside shooters in Fournier and Hamilton, rebounds/energy from Faried and versatile scoring from Miller. All these guys can get up and down the floor well but we are lacking some muscle.

    • Michael (anotheraussienuggzfan)

      I know Miller doesn’t naturally play C, I just think that is where they will put him for the summer league team so he can get some good run with the other good talents.

      • Zack

        I don’t see them playing Quincy Miller at Center, even if it is just the summer league. He’s gonna be a 3 in the NBA, so at the very least they gotta play him as a stretch 4 in the summer league I would think. The one thing this would help him with (if he does in fact play C in the summer league) is helping his ability to play inside. But I still think he should play the 3 and 4 in summer league so he can work and improve at the position(s) that he will actually play in the NBA.

        Love the Q Miller pick though.

        • Trip

          Agreed I think that they would more likely play Faried as an undersized 5 in the summer league but i think it could be good to have mozzy play there. Look forward to seeing them play in Vegas next week will get to see some of it live

    • Trevor

      I don’t think Fournier will play in the Summer League but I really wish he would so I could see why the Nuggets drafted him so high.

  • Andrew

    I do like the pick of Quincy Miller and think he can be that scorer we’re looking for (cross your fingers), but I just don’t see Fournier ever being all that good. Hope I’m wrong…and, yes, I watched the film. He looks very average to me. Also, doesn’t the Turkish kid remind you of “Sticks and chili” (Tschichivilli…Nuggets bust Russian pick from pre-melo era)? Just sayin’.

    Nuggs should trade Chandler and Miller for some beef down low and a solid, new backup PG (in case Stone doesn’t materialize the way we all are hoping).

  • Sanokumo

    Ok so I get -10 to my interwebs but I dont know how to post a link. But there is an interesting article on Grantland that has alot of info on Fournier, “Is the NBA Done Drafting International Players?”.

  • Landry

    Can’t wait for summer league… it’s gonna be fun!! Like that Masai stays to true to his roots as a scout drafting rather than going for a big FA. Also, he capitalizes on other teams freak outs like the Mavs/Blazers so I can’t wait to watch what happens in the Houston/Orlando situation this year. If so we can maybe get Dragic, Lowery, Redick, or Nelson with Redick being the top priority, I’m ecstatic after draft day because of Masai’s deeper thinking because he doesn’t gamble.

  • Gary

    From Batman to Batshit. Kiki 2.0. Passed on two serviceable PFs and a PG to stash a Frog and avoid payroll. Karl has them convinced he has a real team and rookies can’t play. But Hamilton and Faried saved his job last year. Loser Coach = Losing Team = Losing fans! I’m damned near dead and reasonably sure Denver will never see a Championship in my lifetime.

    • http://nugznazty.wordpress.com/ owen

      can’t believe we passed on teague. we didn’t address any of our needs…while miller is an absolute steal at 38, he’s also stuck in 1. being a rookie in gk’s system 2. 3-4 other players ahead of him for time– unless his 3 point shooting actually translates and he’s playing the 2 for us??

      • Gary

        Speaking of needs, when Al Buckets’ knees and/or ankles fall off, who are they going to play? Never mind, we’ll move Gallo to PF and play small ball, right? But if Miller’s gone, who’s the other scoring PG? Never mind, there’s always next year…with Karl.

  • http://nugznazty.wordpress.com/ owen

    Fournier has a really good fast break and transition game, prolly why we selected him. questionable hair.

  • al68

    Draft muy arriesgado y pensando en el futuro.
    Preferia a Sullinger porque era el mejor jugador posible su juego no era el mas adecuado para GK pero quien sabe cuanto tiempo estara en Denver.
    Evan no esta para nada preparado para jugar ahora en la NBA tengo muchas dudas.
    Miller es otra autentica incognita, como Izzet es un pobre Gasol a los 19 años jugador exterior muy flaco podrian muscular en USA y que jugara por dentro.

    Un draft para el futuro ya que el presente esta muy complicado jugar con un roster tan completo.

  • Ryan

    While disappointed, I’m not getting too worked up right now. I have a feeling that the Nuggets will make a number of moves this summer, so perhaps the Fournier pick is just acquiring another asset for a future trade. Chandler or Gallo will likely to be traded at some point, so perhaps Fournier will be used to increase what we get in return.
    Also, while Fournier says he wants to come to the NBA right away, that doesn’t mean that it’s his choice. The Nuggets can decide whether he stays in France for another year or not. If he does stay in France, then the likely reasoning of selecting him is that GK threw a tantrum about rookies and this was the best Masai could do to appease him. Personally, I’m tired of the FO catering to a curmudgeonly coach who has an antiquated notion that rookies “don’t know how to play in the league”. GK, win a championship, then we’ll take you seriously. Or at least get out of the first round.
    Finally, while complaining about “wasting” the 50 pick is kind of silly, I still would have preferred the Nuggets take someone with at least SOME minute chance of playing in the NBA. Take Scott Machado and send him to the D league, take DJO and see if he can be our 12th man, take Sims out of Georgetown and see if he develops into something. I know I’m being nitpicky, but taking Izzy TurkeyDinner is just completely wasting the pick. Even Fran Fraschilla didn’t know what to say besides “you have to take a 3 hour ferry ride to see him play”. Hmm, probably not playing against the best competition. Plus he’s skinnier than Kate Moss in her prime and appears to play his games in a middle school gym, from what the video showed. But other than that, great pick…

    • Zack

      Machado, I believe, went undrafted so he could still come to the Nuggets (although that is HIGHLY unlikely because of the pretty full roster).

  • al68

    Tranquilos soy europeo he visto jugar a izzer en la seleccion turca y no es malo aunque yo creo que no tiene casi ninguna posibilidad en los nuggets. Respecto a Evan los jugadores franceses no se aún porque no lo hacen mal en la nba por ejemplo raul lopez era infinitamente mejor en junior 18 años que Parker no habia punto de comparacion y aunque no se hubiera lesionado Raul Parker se ha convertido en un mejor jugador, por lo tanto no me extrañaria que dentro de 3 años sea un jugador aceptable no una estrella. Se parece a Sergio LLull con 8 cm mas,que a Manu. Estos jugadores no son el nigeriano del año pasado.
    Para mi ha sido una pena no elegir a PIII o ha Moultrie.

    • THE FRENCH HOPE

      Evan va acer un buen jugador para nosotros, el es muy bueno y solomente tiene 19 anos.

  • boomer

    evan fournier could be a pretty good player in a couple years, would have rather got a power forward that can play back to the basket. Think Denvers biggest need is a player that can score in the post. Quincy milller is a great pickup, not really a better player we could have got in the position. Denver needs to resign Andre Miller, which reports have mutual interests in both sides. Get ride of rudy fernandez, Birdman, Kosta Koufas. Faried and Mcgee needs to work on some sort of offensive game this summer, whether is jump hooks or spot up jump shots. With 3 first round picks in next 2 years i think Denver needs to move up and get a top 10 player in draft or trade for a above average player. Denver has a good roster just need some players to improve or bring in another one or 2 players to become a real serious contender