Instant Analysis: Denver takes Nurkic at 16, Harris at 19, Jokic at 41

OK, so after my naive draft euphoria, here is a bit of instant analysis on what Denver’s done thus far in the draft…

To start things off, Denver completed the rumored trade with Chicago, swapping pick 11 for picks 16 and 19.

Analysis: Great move. At that point there was still so much talent to be had. This draft is deep, and although Doug McDermott is intriguing, I’ve always had serious doubts about his athletic potential at the next level. If you’re a wing in the NBA you need to be a two-way player. McDermott gives good effort on defense, but simply does not possess the type of athleticism to contend with guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony. So while McDermott may end up being a nice offensive talent, what you’d be losing on defense would greatly hinder his overall effect on his team.

At 16, Denver selected the No. 1 player on my Big Board, Jusuf Nurkic.

Analysis: Look, as I said on Twitter, I’m just a guy with a computer typing my thoughts on the NBA Draft. If I’m wrong about Nurkic, that’s perfectly fine with me. In no way have I scouted him extensively and in absolutely no way am I even remotely close to an expert on the NBA Draft. But of the guys who have scouted him extensively — guys like Jonothan Givony of DraftExpress.com and Tim Connolly and all the Nuggets execs — they love him! Givony has Nurkic ranked as the sixth best player in this entire draft and has had him going to the Nuggets for most of the year. Givony is also a guy who’s consistently ahead of the curve on international prospects and pinpointing underrated big men. So if you have a problem with Nurkic, I’d advise you to direct your furor towards Connelly and Givony (two guys who have certainly done their homework), not me.

Then, with the 19th pick, the Nuggets took the No. 3 player on my Big Board, Gary Harris.

Analysis: I don’t see how it gets any better, really. The Nuggets took Gary Harris, a near consensus steal amongst most Nuggets fans, and Nurkic right before him, a guy who checks out statistically as one of the top 10 players in the draft. This is a win-win situation for everybody. If you don’t like one, how can you complain about the other? In my eyes both of these players are steals. I’ve loved Gary Harris all year long. He’s been MY GUY all year long — until he was supplanted by Nurkic. But the fact the Nuggets got both of these guys?? I couldn’t have even imagined a better scenario entering this night. And again, perhaps I’m totally wrong about these two, but as of now, this draft looks like a massive success.

With what appears to be their last pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Nikola Jokic.

Analysis: I had Jokic ranked as my second favorite prospect on my amateur Big Board. I’ll admit that that proclamation was a complete shot in the dark, but I like this pick given Dinwidde was off the board. Jokic may never play in the NBA, but he’s got a lot of potential and great basketball IQ. The DraftExpress guys seem to like him a lot as well, and that’s plenty good for me.

Overall I’d say Denver had a very successful draft based on all the research I’ve done leading up to this night. Nurkic and Harris have consistently been ranked as top 15 players the entire year, so the fact Denver got them at 16 and 19 should please most fans. RMC will have much more analysis to come, so stay tuned!

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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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  • Heisenberg

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    • mike gomez

      he wont be with us

  • Zenbu

    I really hope this pick was for a trade

  • Sócrates Manzoni

    AWFUL. HORRRRRRIBLE PICK. I WOULD BE HAPPY IF THEY TRADE HIM FOR JR SMITH.

  • Scott

    McBuckets for the Nuggets!

    I deserve some royalties for this marketing opportunity.

  • heykyleinsf

    doesn’t make sense.
    welp
    at least it wasn’t Saric

    • mike gomez

      he is being traded to the bulls

      • heykyleinsf

        I pray you’re right

        • heykyleinsf

          and YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

          OMG phew!!!!!!

          • heykyleinsf

            I just read a twitter on ESPN
            Marc Stein
            RT @GoodmanESPN : Doug McDermott has been traded to Chicago for 16 and 19, sources told ESPN

            • heykyleinsf

              but it still might be Saric

        • mike gomez

          idk if its official but i read it on the nuggets bleacher site

  • James Duff

    I don’t get it. Has to be a trade coming either w/ chandler or mcdermont.

  • Heisenberg

    Apparently Sixers might be moving Payton. Hopefully Denver trades McDermott, what a terrible pick.

    • LBJ

      Payton just dealt to Orlando

  • Qmill30

    PLEASE TRADE

  • gallogallo88

    Trade this pick! Too much offense! Was he even in the workouts?? I would have been happier with Lavine!

  • James Duff

    there we go, mcdermont -> chicago for 16 + 19

    • Qmill30

      THANK GOD

  • James Duff

    thinking nurkic is going to be one of the picks if he is available, might be further trades

    • Qmill30

      Yeah i think so, but hope not. Mcdermott and Nurkic are the 2 first round guys I really don’t rate

  • Trafalgar Law

    Lavine and young plzz

  • nate

    PG & what at 16+19

  • heykyleinsf

    T Wolves nab LaVine at 13

    • gallogallo88

      Dami!

  • James Duff

    wow, i think harris might fall to 16…if not guessing we take nurkic and go for hairston at 19, possibly ennis

    • gallogallo88

      I like ennis for our second unit!

      • LBJ

        Agree. We land him and Harris – that looks good!

    • mike gomez

      those two picks could still be traded as part of the Kevin love, because denver is still talking with them

      • James Duff

        Its a nice dream but realistically there is no chance I can imagine love resigning long term in denver…rather we stock up via the draft this year

        • mike gomez

          whether it happens i still see move going down. we cant sign all the picks unless denver get harris or young then go two international picks

          • James Duff

            part of the reason i think nurkic will be one of the picks, I don’t see them going for young, hairston or harris more likely, possibly ennis, but even with that scenario there are more trades coming (please ship out hickson ANYWHERE)

            • James Duff

              and nurkic @ 16

      • heykyleinsf

        I’m starting to think you’re making sense Mike..
        because these picks sure aren’t

        • mike gomez

          it kind of make sense because we cant sign all three picks, and Nurkic is good prospect to keep overseas for a bit and hopefully get harris with the 19

    • chris

      Really hope this pick is Harris. Steal this late.

      • heykyleinsf

        they blew it

        • James Duff

          harris still on the board. don’t see boston taking him (probably young) and phoenix might go with ennis

          • heykyleinsf

            hope you’re right but starting to think these are Chicago’s picks

            • James Duff

              chicago doesn’t have anyone to trade back for 16/19…unless both taj + jimmy are coming over (doesn’t make sense)

              • heykyleinsf

                I think they are taking rookie salaries and trading veterans to us .. they are aiming for either Melo or Love

  • heykyleinsf

    Chad Ford just said we got Nurkic

  • mike gomez

    young goes to boston, now hope suns past up on harris

  • Qmill30

    Why????????:(

  • Qmill30

    Gary Harris, an absolute gift is sitting there and we take this guy. Just as I was regaining faith with the front office with the Afflalo trade and we are straight back to our ways. I’m just baffled. I hate this pick

  • LBJ

    Timmy and Joshy come through – a worthless oaf that has to play in Europe for years.

    • Cullen

      He is a super talented big man who is 19 and athletic and has great range for a big man. Not my favorite pick, but that’s the great part of this draft, we will still get a quality player at 19.

      • LBJ

        Watching his “highlights” – super talented isn’t the adjective tat comes to mind.

        • Cullen

          Draft Express has him as the 6th best player in the draft. No disrespect LBJ but I trust them more. But they also got Harris and Afflalo today. Give Joshy and Tim any credit?

          • LBJ

            Why was he still on the board at 16? The only think this blob is going to dominate is the training table.

            We could have drafted Ennis

            • Cullen

              He is really raw and a potential pick. Which is okay, we could afford that considering we still got our guy at 19. Would Ennis have been a better pick? Probably, but calling Nurkic a useless oaf is an exaggeration.

              • LBJ

                McCrary would have been much better. I see OKC just grabbed him.

  • Zenbu

    Why not Gary Harris? He would have been perfect. Hopefully either Harris or James Young is there for 19

    • LBJ

      Can you believe this screw up? George Mikan has more athletic skill than this buffoon.

      • James Duff

        nurkic missed the early part of the season + preseason due to a dispute over his rights and still posted a 35.2 PER (off the top of my head) playing against adults at age 19. He definitely needs work, but if he gets in a little better shape we might have just drafted a young marc gasol

      • Zenbu

        I don’t think he’ll be bad at all. He has potential to become a low post scorer with legitimate size. That’s what Brian Shaw wants to be able to on offense. I like the pick just not as much as I would have loved for Harris to fall into our hands because I feel Nurkic likely would have been there at 19

      • Daniel McDonald

        I like how you call a guy a buffoon based on watching some video of him. Not liking the pick is one thing but why denigrate a 19 year old kid you have never and will never meet? Class act.

        • Heisenberg

          He’s a big boy, I’m sure he can take it.

          • Daniel McDonald

            At 280 and 6’11” hey could probably take a VW van, it’s still rude and childish.

            • Heisenberg

              It’s an internet forum…What he said isn’t even that hurtful.

              • Daniel McDonald

                Rude and childish = stupid. Stupid is what makes reading or participating in these boards akin to wading through garbage. I’m neither hurt nor particularly offended but if you see something ridiculous, why not say, “hey, that’s ridiculous.”

              • Heisenberg

                Even though you attacked his character as well. I’ve seen far worse written. Hell, there’s a lot of words I would use to describe Skita.

                Best to just ignore if you don’t like what someone else writes.

              • Daniel McDonald

                Sure, but I had proof he was being a class act. The buffoonery is pure inference.

              • LBJ

                Watching the video revealed he is a buffoon – just like you, moron.

              • Daniel McDonald

                lol, c’est magnifique!

              • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

                Perhaps it wasn’t hurtful, but it wasn’t necessary. If you guys keep talking like this I’m going to have to give you a warning. Please tone it down.

  • Gassen

    Afflalo allows us to draft for potential
    Pj Hairston should be the pick

  • Dubs

    This is the most pessimistic blog I have ever been to.

    I mean seriously… Cmon guys.

  • Qmill30

    Literally 2 guys in this draft I did’t want. the first guy I thought we took but thankfully traded, then we take the other guy. I know I’m just basing it off what I’ve read and youtube clips but I hate Nurkic’s game. Just big and slow

  • James Duff

    harris on the board @ 19!!!!!!!!

  • mike gomez

    suns taking ennis

  • Zenbu

    If we get Harris, I could not be any more happy with our outcome

    • Trafalgar Law

      We did

      • Zenbu

        Is this already confirmed?

        • Trafalgar Law

          Yes

          • Zenbu

            YESSSSSSSSSSSSS

  • mike gomez

    we got harris

  • Guest

    Gary Harris & Ty Lawson, whoa.

  • heykyleinsf

    GARY HARRIS AT 19!!

    someone LOL at me earlier today.
    Here is my LOL back.

  • Cullen

    End of the day we got Afflalo, Nurkic and Harris. Tell me you thought we’d have a better draft day and you’ll be a liar.

  • gallogallo88

    i wanted harris to be our top 11 pick.. but we got harris and nurkic! WOAH!

  • Qmill30

    Draft revived! Still don’t like Nurkic at all, but I would have taken Harris at 11 so getting Nurkic as a throw in obviously is a good result

    • Tyler

      The dude isn’t even coming to the league yet. We’re stashing him overseas for a year or two. Chill out

      • heykyleinsf

        Come on.
        Why be a drag?

      • TomRMC

        Both Nurkic and Connelly confirmed he is coming over this season. He’s unlikely to play much, but will get a lot of coaching attention.

  • gallogallo88

    the next question is, will there be anymore trades? the Nuggets are stacked! I hope we keep the two picks though!

    • mike gomez

      we got one more in the second round

      • Qmill30

        a stash pick surely?

        • Heisenberg

          Potentially Dinwiddie, if he’s still on the board. Otherwise, stash seems likely.

    • heykyleinsf

      I’m wondering too..
      just on the basis of that Nurkic called by Chad Ford way ahead of time..
      I think something else is cooking.. but hoping Harris is ours.

      • mike gomez

        our gm wasn’t joking about being aggressive so i dont know what to expect but today was good day for Denver so far

  • Tyler

    The agent for Nurkic just said he’s coming to play in the NBA this year, so..

    • Trafalgar Law

      Trade coming? To free room?

    • LBJ

      Great. How are we getting the fat ass on our roster?

      • mike gomez

        no disrespect him like that he could turn out to be solid player

        • LBJ

          He freaking better be solid – we passed on some serious talent to draft him.

          • Dubs

            Like Gary Harris? Nugs just picked him up.

            • LBJ

              Harris has been my guy since March. We could have paired him with Ennis – that would have been our backcourt for the next 5-7 years. .

              • Dubs

                Okay. But don’t complain that the Nugs should have not picked up a guy who fell to 16 when Ennis fell to 18. It’s contradictory reasoning.

              • LBJ

                Fell? We picked him too early. His only value is a stash – and now he wants to come here. We could have landed a much better talent.

              • Dubs

                His agent just said he’s playing for the Nugs next year.

              • LBJ

                That is not good news. He won’t develop sitting behind our $15 million in centers.

              • Dubs

                Fine… The Nuggets will never be able to win and you’ll be miserable forever.

              • LBJ

                Instead of playing monitor on our board – how about heading over to your board and seeing how the Love deal is coming?

              • Dubs

                Maybe I will when you stop being such a negative Nancy

              • Cullen

                Says the dude casting shots from the keyboard.

                You are making my early days of roundball mining look tame, and I was out of control.

                Dubs has contributed positively to the board.

              • Qmill30

                Yeah dude but if you pick someone too early, then they can’t fall….

              • Trevor

                Your getting a little ahead of yourself there.

              • LBJ

                Possibly. But my scenario is more likely than this clown turning into the next Marc Gasol.

              • Cullen

                There is absolutely zero chance we’d get both of them anyway. If we took Harris at 16 Ennis would still be gone at 18. If we draft Ennis, I bet Harris is gone at 18. It was a nice thought, but unlikely regardless.

              • LBJ

                We don’ know that Phoenix snags Harris.

              • Cullen

                I’d bet money. They were looking to draft guards in case they let Bledsoe walk. I’m just saying that your ideal scenario isn’t exactly a given.

              • Heisenberg

                That would have been fine. Napier is better anyway.

              • LBJ

                I wouldn’t have minded Napier, either.

              • LBJ

                I agree nothing is a given. But I was pretty confident Boston wasn’t taking either of them.

              • Cullen

                Yeah but Phoenix probably would have. Either way, I definitely hear you that we could have taken a better pick maybe, but I’m not nearly as down on Nurkic as you. All in all a pretty good night/day.

              • Cullen

                And I’m not quite as high on him as you. Ennis could be a very solid guard in the future. But he is not a can’t miss guy. Not by any stretch. You are just found of Ennis and watched a few YouTube videos of Nurkic. I trust the scouting of not only the Nuggets but of other pro scouts that have been high on him

              • LBJ

                Ujiri wanted Ennis. That’s good enough for me.

      • Dubs

        That was a little uncalled for. Anything you can’t say to his face you shouldn’t say at all.

  • Trevor

    Guy on ESPN radio has been whining and moaning since they traded McDermott. Saying the Nuggets are clueless and the fans are mad. Very annoying.

    I’m a happy fan today. Excited for what’s next.

    • Tyler

      We made the steal of the draft with Harris. Too bad the West is stacked -.-

  • Tyler

    Chris Dempsey says Anthony Randolph was involved in the Chicago trade. Yay?

    • mike gomez

      your right, nuggets front office doing work today

    • Trevor

      Amazing news. Houston we have plan!

  • googergieger

    Cool.

  • Stephen

    Gotta give credit to the front office. I’m as excited as the day we picked up Faried. AAA, Gary Harris and a maybe a solid big. What a day!

    • heykyleinsf

      Connelly has definitely arrived!!!

  • Ckwizard

    Spencer Dinwiddie would put this day over the Top, So far I am extremely impressed especially if Randolph is moved.

    • mike gomez

      randolph is gone

      • heykyleinsf

        been looking for a link on that can’t find one..
        just want to be sure..
        not only was he worthless..
        Ii think he was hitting us for what.. $3M?
        doesn’t make sense for da Bulls to pick that up..
        Hope so much it’s so

        • mike gomez

          just goggle ar to bulls it will pop up, the bulls got him to trade for melo sense they want expiring deals

        • TomRMC

          Connelly spoke a couple times during the press conference about Randolph going to the Bulls.

  • Qmill30

    Don’t think we’ll take him, but I want Patric Young in the second round. I like strong athletic centres even if he lacks a little height and offensive ability. More my type of centre than Nurkic

  • Heisenberg

    Meh, decent draft by Denver. Not the biggest Nurkic guy, but whatever. Harris should be decent.

  • Zenbu

    Perfect draft day. We got Afflalo back for Forny and 2nd round pick. Traded down and still got who we were gonna draft at 11 plus Nurkic. Plus, we got rid of Anthony Randolph.

    • Heisenberg

      LaVine > Harris. I doubt Denver would have taken Harris if they kept the 11th pick.

      • mike gomez

        we dont know if lavine is better than harris, yes lavine might have more potential but harris could help a team right away and is better at the moment

        • Heisenberg

          LaVine has a much higher ceiling. There’s a reason he went before Harris.

          Harris should be a decent player though.

        • LBJ

          Agree. I’m not a big Levine fan. Harris has skills.

      • Cullen

        I’m not as high on LaVine as everyone. He has a higher ceiling but a way lower floor. He could be a fantastic player or an absolute scrub.

        I think Harris is the better bet and I think people are really selling his ceiling pretty low. I think he could develop into a legitimate SG who could start on a very good team.

        Plus this pick was more than just a player (who we got for great value) it’s a culture kind of pick. We took a defensive guy who will play hard nosed basketball. I like that.

        • Heisenberg

          Harris’s best case seems to be Tony Allen like. While I wouldn’t mind that, it’s much easier to get a player like that than someone like LaVine, if he hits his ceiling.

          • Cullen

            That’s fair.

            I definitely see the value of LaVine, but I’d go with the more solid pick and defensive statement.

            I bet we all can agree that LaVine is in a scary spot. Minnesota. Hopefully he can develop into something, but the organization has not been good with the draft and developing players.

            • Heisenberg

              Certainly. When Minnesota took 3 PG’s it was truly baffling.

              I think Harris will be a solid contributor, though. Definitely satisfied with him at 19.

          • LBJ

            Harris is a much better offensive player than Tony Allen.

            • Heisenberg

              He’s a better shooter. Not sure if he’ll ever reach Allen’s defensive prowess.

              They do appear alike, though.

      • heykyleinsf

        thats counting a LOT of unhatched eggs.

        LaVine is an out an out gamble.
        could pay off.. could fall flat on his face
        RAW.
        I would be shocked to see much of LaVine this year.
        He’s got a steep curve to learn.
        Good luck to him..
        but to say he’s going to just come in to the NBA and be a star..
        IMHO that’s far fetched

        • Heisenberg

          I think he’s a project. I like his long term value, though.

          • Aaron Durkin

            For a guy that loves Off and Def potintal you love a guy that is not very good at either. He is athletic but so is anthony randolph

  • Heisenberg

    Nurkic looks like a big goofball. Would have thought Denver had enough with JaVale McGee.

    • Sharkboy242

      44 PER
      33 points per 40 minutes
      BEAST

      • Heisenberg

        Foreign stats mean basically nothing.

        • LBJ

          The guy guarding him looked like he had a couple of heaters before the game.

        • Sharkboy242

          But Givony said he the 6th best player in the draft

          • Heisenberg

            And yet he was available at 16.

            • Sharkboy242

              Kwahi Leonard was available at 15. Nurkic finals MVP confirmed.

              • Heisenberg

                lol

        • heykyleinsf

          dude!!

          Nothing makes you happy.
          I feel bad for you because 99% of Nuggets planet are partying.. come on!!
          it’s a great day!!

          • Heisenberg

            I like the Harris pick. People seem to be split on Nurkic, and rightfully so.

            The Afflalo trade was great for Denver.

  • Heisenberg

    How about Thanasis for the second round? This team could use a good defender.

  • Heisenberg

    Good pick by the Spurs. Pop will use him well.

  • Heisenberg

    Dinwiddie off the board.

    • http://americablog.com magster

      Rats! would have been fun to draft him.

  • LBJ

    Damn. Robinson gone!

    • Cullen

      I was really hoping he’d slip.

    • Cullen

      Really wish we would have drafted Clarkson, Brown, or Nick Johnson. But it makes sense to stash considering this roster.

      • LBJ

        I like Johnson too. He had a great season.

        • Cullen

          I think Brown was really underrated, too. Whenever I watched OSU you always saw him making a good play. Plays good D and has a decent jump shot.

          Either of those players would have made me really happy, this guy just leaves me kinda like… meh. He’ll probably never see the NBA. Who knows.

  • Heisenberg

    Denver takes another foreign player, a PF. Nikola Jokic?

    Have to imagine someone’s getting traded.

    • Cullen

      Probably a stash player.

    • Stephen

      Looks like Timmay has been reading Moneyball. All picks are super high on various metrics

    • LBJ

      I’d rather see us build a competitive team in Denver – not Europe. We already have stashed Green and Joffery now two more?

      • matymaddog

        I don’t think Green ever makes the transition

      • TomRMC

        Jokic will be stashed. Nurkic is coming over.

  • Kevin Flinn

    Really wish that we would’ve traded up a tiny bit more to grab Dinwiddie. Would’ve been the absolute perfect day if that had happened, but instead we drafted Jokic who is just another Choo Choo or Izzet Turkyilmaz. Also, are we going to do anything with Erick Green who we drafted last year?

    • Cullen

      Dinwiddie is going to straight up play some ball at the next level. Wish we could have grabbed him. We could have swapped picks and gave them Erik Green. I would have flipped.

      • Kevin Flinn

        That would’ve been amazing! I’m sure Detroit would’ve agreed to that as well. Hopefully Green turns out to be a decent player then.

    • Heisenberg

      Dinwiddie made a boneheaded decision by declaring for the draft.

      I’m not as high on him as others. Seems to be a jack of all trades but a master at nothing.

      • Kevin Flinn

        I definitely agree, we would’ve been a lottery pick if he would’ve stayed with CU for another year.

        • Heisenberg

          Yep. Should get decent minutes with Detroit, though. Chauncey will be a good mentor.

          Good landing spot for Dinwiddie.

    • matymaddog

      That’s a bit harsh towards Jokic. ChuChu did not produce well at any level and was pure potential. I same with Izzet on top of him being grossly underweight for his size and likely never to pack on pounds with his body type. Jokic is a heady, productive, and somewhat polished player at the level he’s been playing at.

      • Kevin Flinn

        I don’t know much about him, but drafting European bigs into the second round never seem to pan out, especially compared to players like Dinwiddie.

  • Nugman

    So where does Foye fit now? At the beginning of the day he was starting SG, but is he 3rd now? It would be nice to trade him and JJ for a decent PF who can defend and post up

    • Dubs

      I think he’s going to take a Mike Miller type of role. If they need 3 pointers off the bench, Foye will be the guy.

    • Cullen

      Foye can still be a good bench asset and play some back up PG too. Since we probably won’t have a natural backup PG it will be nice. Either way, good veteran to have around.

      I wouldn’t mind having them move him and JJ, though. Although I think JJ will have a much better year if he gets to play significant time at the PF. I don’t hate him as much as everyone else on here does. I don’t think he is a 5 or should be a starter. Get him in the right role and he will be a better asset.

      I mainly say that because I doubt we are able to move him anyway, so why not make something out of a bad situation.

    • Heisenberg

      Agreed. A defensive PF would be great to complement Faried.

    • Furious_Stylez

      I believe they will put Harris at PG. At the combine, he measured at 6-2, making him a little too short to play SG full time. Based off his skill set (and if he wants PT this season), he’ll be better suited as a PG on the Nuggets.

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  • Heisenberg

    I wonder if Chicago is regretting the trade? I know it was for cap reasons but Thibs would love a guy like Harris.

  • Furious_Stylez

    If you’re questioning the Nurkic pick, let’s wait and see. Think how stupid certain Spurs fans now feel after saying: ” Manu Ginobli? Great, another foreign guard that won’t be tough enough or good enough to contribute in the NBA”. Comments like that happen every year about unknown quantities. Some end up justified and some totally wrong. Hopefully Nurkic can become a reliable backup PF/C this season while learning the NBA game.

    I’m excited they got Harris. At 19, he could end up being the steal of the draft. He’s a great match with Lawson at PG…and yes, I believe in the NBA that he is a PG, not a SG. He measured at 6-2, which is too short for a non-elite scorer at SG, but perfect for the backup PG position this team desperately needs. He does things Lawson cannot, like shoot and defend. Now when Lawson is gassed, they can pay NateRob and Harris to keep scoring and defense on the floor.

    At first, I questioned the Jokic pick. I wanted the Greek Freak’s brother a lot more. Then I thought about how many spots on the roster were left and realized the second round pick was a throw away. They don’t have the roster spots to keep another rookie if they plan on competing. The last spot(s) need to go to veteran players.

    While I’ll hold criticisms for a later date, I feel the the Nuggets addressed roster holes yesterday, especially with the Afflalo deal. An overall good day.

  • theweatherman53

    I’m thinking we’re gonna unload a big, my guess is they have a plan for Javale. I also think they might throw in Nate. We need to clear out the traffic jam.

  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    This draft went too well to be true.

    My thoughts on Nurkic: I’ve heard lots of Nikola Pekovic comparisons for Nurkic, and they seem spot on. They are the exact same size (6’11, 280lbs, 7’2 wingspan), cannot get off the ground, are fouling machines their rookie season (Pekovic averaged an unthinkable 8 fouls per 40 minutes his rookie season; according to ESPN’s Kevin Pelton, who is very high on Nurkic, Nurkic is projected to average 6 fouls per 36 minutes), and project to have a very good, similar offensive game. They use their size to draw contact, but most importantly, they are very good free throw shooters by centers standards. Nurkic this year shot a hair above 70% on 208 free throw attempts. Frankly, there is no such thing as a center who shoots 4.5 or more free throw attempts per game and makes over 70% of his free throws who isn’t a good offensive player. Also, watch the play at 7:10 in his draft express video. Great pick and roll defense for the steal and shocking speed for a guy his size going coast to coast on the fastbreak.

    On Harris: He’s really young for a sophomore at 19, and age tends to be a pretty good indicator of future success. His jumper is a little inconsistent right now (41% his freshman year, 35% his sophomore year). He’s undersized and he has an average wingspan, but he still projects to be an above average defender based on effort and basketball IQ alone. He really moves well without the ball. In short, the quality of his jumper will probably be the difference between him being the next Gerald Henderson, or the next Bradley Beal. Courtney Lee may resemble something of a middle ground.

    Nikola Jokic looks really promising. He’s a big man that Kevin Pelton’s metrics seem to love. According to his metrics, he’s a top 10 prospect, although the metrics struggle to account for on ball defense, his biggest liability according to subjective evaluation. He’s really slow footed, even for a center. But he’s a Marc Gasol caliber ball handler at center and he can really finish around the rim, shooting 64% on 2 point shots this season. He also has a nice looking stroke from deep, although the in game results are less promising than the stroke. He might be a steal.

  • MacKenzie Pantoja

    One really frightening potential consequence of this trade; Evan Fournier is French. You know who else is French? Joffrey Lauvergne, our second round pick in 2013 who led the Euroleague in rebounds last season and was named first team all Adriatic League last season. Do you think he’s going to be happy about the fact that we traded Fournier, who is literally described as one of Lauvergne’s “best friends?” I’m going to say no. Prior to the traded, he signed a two year deal with Russian team Khimki that included an NBA buyout after the first season. The fact that he made sure that buyout was included shows he has at least some interest in playing in Denver. Trading one of his best friends will hurt our cause.

    There is one reason for optimism. He played in Serbia last season, and, after leaving for Khimki, he wrote his teammates a passionate goodbye letter… in Serbian. If it wasn’t written with the help of a translator, we can assume he speaks Serbian. Our second round pick, Nikola Jokic, is a Serbia native. Jusuf Nurkic, from Bosnia Herzegovina, may speak any one of the three official languages of the country, Bosnian, Croatian, or Serbian. Luckily, according to Google, there is less difference between these three languages than the Australian, British, and American dialects of English. It still doesn’t help that we traded Fournier, but hopefully one of our draft picks might convince him to come to Denver

  • alex47666

    For those crying about the Surkic pick, he was the 2nd best center prospect in the draft. The main reason we drafted him before harris, is because the C’s would have taken him. I dont really care what you think of him, if the nuggets, shaw and the pro scouts over in europe like this guy. You should to and shut up about it