Nuggets to retain Hunt

According to ESPN Denver’s Chris Bianchi, the Denver Nuggets — or more specifically, Brian Shaw — will retain former George Karl assistant, Melvin Hunt, as a new assistant on his staff. This is the first reported member of Shaw’s coaching staff to be revealed to the public. Bianchi is also reporting Hunt will coach the Nuggets’ summer league team in Las Vegas. For those fans (like me) who’ve admired Hunt from afar, this news will certainly be classified in the “good” category.

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Kalen Deremo

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.

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  • Ernie

    Someone wanted to stay! I think that’s the first this summer. Brewer, AI, Stone (though maybe not his choice), Masai, Pete…am I missing anyone?

    • John Kobbeman

      There were two other front office guys(one of whom went with Masai), and Coach Welch went to the Nets… and Karl but that wasn’t his choice for sure.

      • Ernie

        I didn’t know how to treat George Karl. He wanted to stay but only with a contract extension. I believe he would have been allowed to play out his contract if he never asked for more years, but of course he did. So more complex than if he chose to stay or leave.

        But yes, you are correct about the other three people.

        • Charliemyboy

          Good point. What would have happened if George Karl had said he would be happy with one year. How would we be next year?

          • Brad from Arvada

            Older . . . More Andre, Less Fournier . . . GK Love Fest with Foye (a 3-pt. specialist GK lusted after for years) . . . More Moz, Less JaVale . . . Hickson Starts, Faried a Sub . . . Corey Still a Nug . . . JHam, EGreen, QMiller, ARandolph in Bench Hell . . . 55 Wins . . . First Round Playoff Exit . . . GK Fired in 2014. All reasons why Kronk cut his ties now rather than living with same ol’ same ol’ for next ‘x’ years.

            • LBJ

              Sounds like Joshy boy is trying to land Nate Robinson! I can’t wait to see him and Ty in the two PG offense! What could possibly go wrong here????

              • Brad from Arvada

                Thanks for the heads-up. Dude’s a sparkplug and a winner. Nugs could use another 40% 3-shooter, and it looks like we could get him on the cheap. Thumbs up on this potential deal. Wondering where AMiller goes?

              • LBJ

                Pardon me if I don’t share your enthusiasm. Apparently we have no intention of playing Green or giving Fournier big minutes. We are just signing a bunch of freaking retreads (all 3 of them not wanted by their teams).
                It would be nice if actually landed a free agent that someone else wanted. No wonder Iggy decided to hit the road.

              • Brad from Arvada

                Outside shooting has been so bad the last few years in Denver that a Foye/Robinson combination is a big positive to me. Too early to expect Green, Fournier or JHam to be big contributors this year for outside shooting — not that they shouldn’t get decent minutes — but a couple vets popping from downtown each game is sorely needed. NateR is not a savior, but another good piece to the puzzle.

      • Chris Sanchez

        They didn’t need to bring any of them back either…Iggy was the one most desired but the other 2 players were useless…Brewer couldn’t wait to miss 3 pointer after 3 pointer. At some point when you are horrendous at something you just stop taking it but not Brewer

        • Charliemyboy

          Right; I guess he was a liability. That’s why he got $5 million a year for 3 years.

          • toluene hawk

            The middleschoolers aren’t happy unless someone shoots 100% from behind the arc. They pay no mind to basketball acumen.

            Brewer was my favorite Nugget last season because he reminded me of the good old days of Melo-JR-KMart-Nene – so many smiles, no matter the scenario on the court! They just made you happy to watch the game. Guys on the Nuggets now seem to never smile.

            • Paul Highum

              Kenneth Faried comes to mind…

              • toluene hawk

                Eh, he’s okay.

            • Brad from Arvada

              Rocky smiles. Ahhhhh…

          • dynamo.joe

            Or the Timberwolves, who have been bad forever, aren’t very good at evaluating talent?

          • David Acker

            Brewer was a good guy and full of energy but couldn’t get to 30% from behind the arc. He gambled on D and didn’t fit into KronCon wanted to build. Good luck to him! I enjoyed watching him but he isn’t worth 5mil a year!

  • John Kobbeman

    This was a no brainer as long as Hunt didn’t get the Philly head coaching job… Connelly and Hunt were with Mozgov in Basketball without Borders – Russia in 2012. Hunt was also with JJ Hickson in Cleveland, and with Shaw in LA. Connelly also drafted McGee in Washington, where he played with Foye. Anyone else sensing a theme here?

    • kwelitysoul

      Cue the rusty revolving door…

      • John Kobbeman

        I was thinking more along the lines of a secret handshake… a plan was put into motion 5 years ago that is just now coming to fruition… Mwah-ah-ah-ah-ah-aaaaaahhhhh

  • Quincy Miller 30

    This is great news!

    • Greg Sobetski

      Completely agree. Hunt has been my favorite Nuggets coach for a few years and keeping him on board is a fantastic choice by Shaw.

  • Scott

    Okay so with the Hickson signing everyone immediately said that Faried is now on the block because of this. I refuse to believe this and would be DEVASTATED if Manimal were to be traded, even of it lands a good player. Just look at the positive press he brings to the team with his gay rights advocacy and etc. He is our most marketable player on a team where apparently stars do not want to play (melo/iggy). He is better than Hickson and is the prototype for his position. I believe KronCon just made this signing as bench depth and just to show that they are not dead. #KEEPKENNETH #UNLEASHTHEMANIMAL

    • ryanvdonk

      how is manimal the prototype power foward? someone like lamarcus aldridge is the prototype. he’s big, can shoot, rebound, defend, play face up and back to the basket. manimal has the prototypical work ethic, but he’s undersized, has a mediocre understanding of positioning (hence his defensive rebounding being worse than offense along with his below average defense), and still is very raw in his offensive game. his awesome athleticism and work ethic help him make up for some of his deficiencies.

      • dynamo.joe

        Aldridge has a more varied offense, but it isn’t a good offense. He is actually below average 2FG% for a PF. Maybe you believe that having more moves is more important than whether those moves result in points? To my way of thinking the only reason to develop a variety of post moves would be to INCREASE your 2FG%, but that’s not what is happening for LMA.

        • ryanvdonk

          definitely something off with LMA, his skill is there on paper, but it hasn’t translated yet to the type of on court success that his skill set would suggest. i was merely saying that he’s more of the “prototype” player at the PF than kenneth, big, can score in a variety of ways.

    • Chris Sanchez

      In no way, shape, or form is Faried better than Hickson. Both are bad defensively in man to man situations. Hickson offensive abilities are light years ahead of Faried. Faried is an ideal guy to come of the bench. He is a more athletic version of Bird Man Andersen. Faried has no post up game whatsoever, something that HIckson is well versed at. Faried can’t hit jumpshoots outside 10 feet, Hickson can do that with success as well. The only area where Faried is actually better is in his athleticism.

      • Paul Highum

        While most of your analysis is true, in that Hickson is absolutely more developed than Faried, Faried is more valuable than you are giving him credit for. Most advanced statistics show him as a top forward in the game even as unpolished as he is. http://www.thenbageek.com/players?direction=desc&positions%5B%5D=SF&positions%5B%5D=PF&sort=wins_produced
        http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/hollinger/statistics/_/position/sf

        • Blue

          Yeah, they are both good, young players with a lot of potential. Hope they both improve on defense and the competition between them will be a good thing.

      • Brad from Arvada

        In head-to-head games last year (pts/rebs) . . .
        Dec 20: Faried 6/8, Hickson 18/18
        Jan 15: Faried 21/11, Hickson 19/13
        Feb 27: Faried 10/8, Hickson 18/14
        April 14: Faried 0/0 (sprains ankle in Q1), Hickson 19/9

        For what it’s worth, Hickson has monster games against Nugs. Glad he’s playing for us not against us now.

    • Len Nunes

      I don’t think Faried is getting traded but he is fighting for his starting position this training camp. Over the course of the year, I can see Faried and Hickson swapping in & out of the starter spot.

      • David Acker

        I agree. Nothing like a bit of competition for playing time to bring the BEST out of your players. The NBA season is long. The more big bodies the better!!

  • Chris Sanchez

    The Nuggets should trade Faried or at least move him to the bench. He is an energy/effort guy that seriously lacks the basic skills to be a starter in the NBA today. He has almost no offense game (can’t post up, can’t set solid screens, and can’t hit a jumpshot outside of 10 feet), and his individual, man to man defense is questionable at best. He is okay as a help defender but most of his rotations are slow and awkward. Hickson is just as bad defensively but his offensive game is light years afraid of Faried. Both are undersized at the 4 as well.

    • mgesner

      Brian Shaw gonna coach ‘em up. You’ll see.

    • Brad from Arvada

      Kudos for having kahunas to shout out on THIS forum a Manimal trade. Surprised you haven’t been voted down 25 times as so many in Nugs Nation got this love affair goin on with Faried. You make some decent arguments, and if Nugs wanted to bring in a big name — like for a needed SG/wing (LDeng, JButler, GHayward, ABradley types) — Faried has great value right now and is probably their best asset if such a trade were in the works . . . Oh, and Hickson isn’t “undersized” at the 4 at 6-9, and he has the hops (and polished ‘bounding technique) to go 5 if needed . . . just sayin

  • toluene hawk

    Woo Woo Woo Woo!

  • Trevor

    How do you guys determine who is a good assistant coach? I don’t go to practices and observe them coaching. Is it just who looks the best on the sideline, who gets the most air time on altitude, who we see talking to the head coach the most? Other than what reports we get from the media and player comments I have nothing to base an opinion off of. That is shaky ground. Should I really respect guys like JR Smith and Carmelo’s opinions when they display immaturity and lack the will to be great? I think Kobe’s endorsement of Shaw is meaningful given his fierce dedication to being the best, maturity, and cerebral nature. I thought Adrian Dantley had the stuff to be a great coach, why I don’t really know. I even wanted him to replace Karl at one point but when he got his chance it was obvious my perception did not fit the reality.
    Just curious

    • Brad from Arvada

      Dantley showed his true colors when GK got sick and his knees buckled in the playoffs. Then the next year bitched and moaned about where he was allowed to sit on the bench during games (true story). Dantley is, never was, nor will ever be a head coach.