Now that the instant Twitter analysis part of the draft process has concluded for most major media outlets, some real narrative content is starting to emerge. Aside from a few late evaluations, included below are news stories and interesting tidbits I’ve discovered over the last 24 hours about the Nuggets’ draft selections that should give you an even better idea of how well things went on Thursday night. If you find similar stories that I’ve left out, please feel free to include them in the comments section with accompanying commentary.
Adding to the already extensive list of postdraft praise for the Nuggets, NBA Draft guru Ed Isaacson declares the Nuggets one of his seven “winners” on draft night. Isaacson owns the draft-dedicated website NBADraftBlog.com and is also a draft analyst for NBCSports.com. He studies these guys all year long and in exchange people pay him for his opinion, similar to Chad Ford (who gave the Nuggets a B-plus for their draft) and Jonathan Givony (who had Nurkic ranked as a top 10 player virtually all year). In other words, it’s probably wise to listen to them when they talk…
According to Yahoo!Sports.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Gary Harris used to have a self-made banner hanging above his bed that read, “What did you do today that will get you into the NBA?” Harris is the second person I’ve ever heard of who’s hung motivational mementos on their bedroom walls. The other: Steven King. Things seemed to work out pretty well for him…
DenverPost.com’s Christopher Dempsey details Jusuf Nurkic’s background and manages to squeeze some intriguing quotes out of Tim Connelly regarding the open competition for playing time next season.
The NBA.com Nuggets’ homepage has all kinds of great postdraft content up right now. There’s a Gary Harris conference call, video recap of the draft featuring the always charismatic Scott Hastings and this gem of a press conference where Tim Connelly introduces Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris. This is really the first candid footage we’ve seen of Nurkic in the U.S. and it doesn’t disappoint. Although he can barely speak English, his sense of humor and crazy character are certain manifested — even through all that gum.
Grantland.com’s Zach Lowe wrote a detailed breakdown of what the Nuggets did on draft day and where they stand heading into free agency. He claims the Nuggets had one of the more intriguing drafts of any team outside the Sixers and says they’re “a team to watch” moving forward. Lowe also reported early Friday morning that the Nuggets will meet with Kenneth Faried and his representatives to talk about signing an extension to remain in Denver.
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