The NBA Draft is a lot like a night on the town. It can get wild, crazy, sometimes a bit out of hand, and luckily for you time waits on no man. The very next day, whether you like it or not, you get the privilege of ruminating over what you did the night before. In the Nuggets’ case, a plethora of media outlets have already opined about what transpired on June 26, 2014. Let’s see what they had to say…
I have my own opinion on what the Nuggets did on draft night, and if you’ve been following RMC at all over the past month you likely have a good idea of what that is. But looking strictly at what mass media outlets had to say about the Nuggets picks, I don’t see how you can view this draft as anything but a wild success. Outside of CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore (who really seemed to dislike Nurkic, judging by the video above), I could find no “professional” analyst on the Internet who opposed what the Nuggets did. Adding up the grades linked above, the Nuggets received eight As, three Bs and one C. That’s a 3.6 GPA overall. And that’s not even factoring in the three “winners” declared by RealGM.com, SI.com and NBCSports.com. If you considered those to be As as well, the Nuggets GPA would then improve to a 3.7.
Only time will tell how shrewd Tim Connelly and his staff were in the 2014 NBA Draft; therefore, it’s important we all have patients. If Nurkic doesn’t come to the NBA this year (which would go against what he’s been saying since being drafted) that doesn’t automatically qualify him as a bust. If Harris doesn’t get a lot of playing time next year, that doesn’t mean he won’t be the starting shooting guard for Denver the very next year. Remember, the Nuggets are still an incredibly deep team, perhaps the deepest in the entire NBA. More moves are destined to follow and until all the dust is settled it’s absolutely paramount we try and assess these moves with a level head, respecting the opinions of others and trusting the analysis of those who’ve studied these prospects a hell of a lot more than we have. However… in light of the 24-hour instant-gratification era we currently occupy, if we really want to reach for some sort of consensus, judging from everything said above by guys who get paid to study these prospects, I’d say the Nuggets made out pretty damn well in the 2014 NBA Draft.