[UPDATE] BREAKING: Nuggets select Erick Green at 46, Lauvergne at 55

More analysis to come but for those who are unaware of Green’s game, see the video below. He led the nation in scoring last year, won ACC Player of the Year and is generally seen as an excellent selection (perhaps even a steal) at 46. This is now the second year in a row that the Nuggets have selected a shooting guard who worked out for them prior to the draft.

[UPDATE] The Nuggets have also selected Joffrey Lauvergne with the 55th pick in the draft. He is a french big man known for his high motor and athleticism. Here is his profile on DraftExpress.

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Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.
  • LBJ

    Looks like C Brew could be gone…

    • googergieger

      Yeah Brew, and if we get Iggy back probably Chandler or Gallo. If Iggy is gone then, Evan and Hamilton will start seeing some serious time. Heck we might get rid of Hamilton. Miller is probably gone as well.

      • Alex

        Hamilton was a bust of a draft pick denver knows it thats y he hasn’t gotten a chance and most likely will not be resigned to another contract after next season. So i wouldnt care to much about him

        • googergieger

          Yeah, sure it had nothing to do with Karl always playing favorites.

  • heykyleinsf

    AWESOME!!! Wow what a turn of events.. I can’t believe he fell that far!!

  • chris

    The nuggets are Stupid, back to the same ol same< the could have traded with any other team but Utah, back to being the Bummets.

    • @LoganSpieler

      Yeah lets see the records at the end of the year… SMH, Jazz are worthless

  • EWilson

    This seems like an excellent pick for Denver because of the fit. Like Ty, Green is a blur getting down the court, which means the offense doesn’t need to slow down when the backup PG is in. That suggests that Brian Shaw plans to keep an up-tempo style, which means they won’t be blowing up the team and starting over. It also means Andre Miller is probably gone, if they can find a taker (which is probable because young teams can always use veteran point guards for stability).

    Just as interesting as Green is the Nuggets trade of Koufos for Darrell Arthur and a pick that turned into an unknown French PF. With Koufos gone, McGee is now the starting center, which is what his salary says anyway. But, who becomes the backup, given that McGee has trouble with his conditioning? Arthur? Randolph? Or do they resign Mozgov?

    • heykyleinsf

      I love it too.. I can’t understand how we landed the leading scorer in the NCAA and some people aren’t thrilled.. I see this guy possibly in the mix right away.. we’ll have to see.. but already? I think we upgraded over C-Brew.. and I’m a fan of C-Brew.

    • googergieger

      Mozgov is the back up. Arthur is the back up PF. Proven midrange game is the reason we got him. Though I have no idea what this means for Randolph. He really impressed me last year, especially in the playoffs. With Green, I think that means we do get rid of Miller but wonder what this means for Stone.

      • EWilson

        The other thing with Green is that if the Nuggets resign Iguodala (to play on the first team with Lawson), then he doesn’t really need to be a pass-first PG. If Fournier plays with him on the second team, they’d have two guys who can handle the ball reasonably well, which would allow Green to focus a bit more on offense.

        In fact, one of the things I really like about the current roster is the number of guys who can pass the ball. Besides Lawson and Miller, Fournier, Green, Iguodala & Gallinari are all solid ball handlers, which makes for a versatile offense. (Though, of course, someone does have to take the shots!) The more ball-handlers you have, the more consistently you get good looks, I think.

        • googergieger

          Miller is gone, I reckon. Wonder what happens with Stone though. Thought he was going to be our back up pg of the future.

  • vasvas

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. Back in the old loosing and miserable fashion. Karl is gone (first stupidity), that made us proud to be Nuggets fans, and now they trade Koufos-the example of a hard worker, gentleman and a high ethics player (second stupidity). Now let’s enjoy Magee playing for 5-8 minutes (third stupidity) then he would need a personal doctor on the bench to recover so he can play a bit more. Sorry JaVale this is so obvious even from TV, you simply can not run back. And then they trade for this unknown fellow from France (fifth stupidity). I am so sorry to say that what a bunch of idiots run this organization. It is really sad.

    • Alex

      it sad that you think trading koufos was stupid. Mcgee AVG better stats off the bench. and Karl being gone really your just stupid if you think we should have kept him. and mcgee AVG 18 minutes a game so playing less as a starter is stupid to think and last but not least go back to school because the number 4 comes after 3 not 5

      • dynamo.joe

        JaVale is a better scorer and a better shot blocker, Kosta is a better everything else.

        http://www.thenbageek.com/players/compare?utf8=%E2%9C%93&player_ids%5B%5D=343&player_ids%5B%5D=73

        And 1/3 the price. Maybe Shaw can turn JaVale’s athleticism into defense, but that remains to be seen.

        • googergieger

          Again, Koufos was given the chance no matter what. Javale wasn’t given the chance no matter what.

          • dynamo.joe

            Look at that website again, JaVale was given 1400 minutes of no chances. That’s the equivalent of playing half a season at high burn starter minutes.

            I am not trying to argue that JaVale is a bad C, he’s not. But at the end of the day Kosta is a better defender despite JaVale’s superior blocking and JaVale is a better scorer despite Kosta’s superior FG%.

            • googergieger

              Well, no. When he played bad, yanked immediately, when he played good, he still didn’t see anywhere close to twenty five minutes. Even when that meant the game. Javale hasn’t been given the chance yet. We know this. First real season as a starter here? With hopefully Iggy, and Gallo back to form sooner rather than later? Hopefully Faried and him make huge strides defensively. We saw flashes of it from McGee last year. Against Dwight, Duncan, and the Memphis bigs, come to mind.

  • Alex

    well it will be interesting to see who the back up C will be. mozgoff will be gone and so is koufos so do we go small with multiple PF at the same we now have Arthur faried and randolph maybe we sign some C not named howard for a cheap price and see how it works.

    • @LoganSpieler

      Tim Connelly already addressed this. By trading Koufos he chose Mozgov. In the press conference he said they are looking forward to resigning Mozgov and he is a restricted free agent so they waive whatever people offer him. Tim said he thinks Mozgov has more potential and I agree with him

  • @LoganSpieler

    Depth Chart for next year
    PG: Ty Lawson, Erick Green, Julyan Stone, (Hopefully get rid of Andre Miller)
    SG: Andre Iguodala, Evan Fournier (Don’t resign Corey Brewer)
    SF: Danilo Gallinari (When he is healthy), Wilson Chandler, Quincy Miller, Jordan Hamilton
    PF: Kenneth Faried, Darrell Arthur, Anthony Randolph
    C: JaVale McGee, Timofey Mozgov
    Maybe sign a shooter in free agency but I don’t see it as a huge need b.c hopefully Ty, Gallo, Chandler, Green, and Fournier can be consistant shooters.