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.)