Funny how things work in life. A mere three months ago Evan Fournier was the pariah of Nuggets Nation before even stepping foot on the court wearing blue and yellow. Then when he actually did, you know, start playing basketball — people come around. And fast.
In the prior editions of our Big Board series Roundball Mining Company examined two separate factions of candidates for the Nuggets to select with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. One group included players most pundits project as being available by the time the Nuggets first-round selection arrives, while the other consisted of players that could slip but will most likely be off the board by the time the 20th pick rolls around. With the Draft now less than a week away we’ve decided to compile a list of the Top 10 players featured in all of our Big Board articles to make a single, comprehensive big board that ranks the best player available for the Nuggets to chose with its first-round selection.
In Roundball Mining Company’s first Big Board of the year we covered six prospects likely to be available with the 20th pick in the Draft. The second installment of this series will explore more higher-rated prospects who shouldn’t, but may fall to the Nuggets first-round selection on Draft night. This is the Denver Nuggets Big Board: Outliers edition.
As fans, one of our favorite things to do is play the role of NBA general manager. We love to analyze players, ponder team needs and above all, formulate trade scenarios that will facilitate the movement of assets towards the team we often fantasize about in the hopes these transactions will one day lead directly to an NBA title. In other words, we love trades. This article aims to celebrate that unbridled fandom by introducing three realistic trade scenarios involving the NBA Draft and of course, Roundball Mining Company’s favorite piece of trade bait: Wilson Chandler.
It’s been nearly a year since Roundball Mining Company unveiled its last Big Board. The man who held the No. 1 spot on that list ended up being the man who the Nuggets drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. That worked out pretty well. Now after months of scouting and analyzing the NCAA’s best prospects, I finally get the opportunity to do one of my favorite things in the world: speculate on the NBA Draft. This is Roundball Mining Company’s first Big Board of the year.
According to SI.com’s Sam Amick, the Nuggets have shown interest in drafting Iowa State’s Royce White with the 20th pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Amick also mentions Baylor’s Quincy Miller and St. Johns’ Moe Harkless as possibilities with the team’s first-round selection. All three have one thing in common: Each is projected to play small forward in the NBA.
On Tuesday, May 22, the Nuggets worked out two of the better shooting guards in the 2012 NBA Draft class: Terrence Ross from Washington and John Jenkins from Vanderbilt. Ross is a 6-6 sophomore who’s extremely athletic and has made large strides in his defense. Meanwhile Jenkins is a 6-4 junior, known as perhaps the best pure shooter in all of college basketball this past season. Though each is comprised of their own individual basketball DNA, they both share a common bond in that they’re shooters who are somewhat limited in other areas of the game.