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.
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.
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.
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 UNLVtickets.com. 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.
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.
It’s been nearly a year since Roundball Mining Company unveiled its last Big Board. The man who held the No. 1 spot on that list ended up being the man who the Nuggets drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. That worked out pretty well. Now after months of scouting and analyzing the NCAA’s best prospects, I finally get the opportunity to do one of my favorite things in the world: speculate on the NBA Draft. This is Roundball Mining Company’s first Big Board of the year.
According to SI.com’s Sam Amick, the Nuggets have shown interest in drafting Iowa State’s Royce White with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Amick also mentions Baylor’s Quincy Miller and St. Johns’ Moe Harkless as possibilities with the team’s first-round selection. All three have one thing in common: Each is projected to play small forward in the NBA.