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Golden Nuggets: 2016 Denver Draft Review

Denver Nuggets 2016 Draft Review

The 69th annual NBA draft was last week. And my Denver Nuggets shocked me with all of there selections, especially in the first round. If you read my first article, I said the Nuggets should go with Buddy Hield or Denzel Valentine if they were looking for a good back-court tandem. But, if they wanted to gain some help in the paint, I suggested they take a shot on Brice Johnson or Jake Poetll. They didn’t take a shot on any of the players I thought would fit their system, even though they had a chance at three of the four.

JamalMurrayAlbanyThe Denver Nuggets had three picks in the first round, which is outrageous if you really think about it. They held 1/10 of the picks in the first round. Starting at number seven, the nuggets just missed out on Buddy Hield, who New Orleans selected at number six. With the Nuggets on the clock, I was so excited. They had a chance at three of the players I thought would work out tremendously. When commissioner Adam Silver walked up, I was shaking with anticipation. “With the seventh pick in the 2016 NBA draft, The Denver Nuggets select Jamal Murray, guard Kentucky.” I was in disbelief. I couldn’t believe what I heard. Then I did some research on Jamal Murray. He had very good offensive stats in his lone year at Kentucky. Murray averaged 20.2 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game. Stats show that Murray can be very effective on the offensive side of the ball. Then, I watched film of him on defense. He lacks the “intensity” that you would want in a defender. He doesn’t seem to have that tenacity. Being in the Western Conference, to succeed you have to have a good offense, but an even better defense. I’m not saying Murray is a bust, but for him to meet his top ten pick expectations, he will really have to work on his defensive skills.JuanHernangomez

After Murray, the Nuggets had the 15th overall pick. They had a lot of potential stars too choose from. I was hoping they would acquire Brice Johnson. But, at 15, they acquired Juan Hernangomez, another player I did not have on my radar at all. Hernangomez played overseas in Spain until he was eligible to go to the NBA. I looked at his stats overseas and nothing jumps off the page, except maybe the fact that they could have done better. At 6’8″, he merely averaged 6.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds per game. As a big man, he should average way more than 3.9 rebounds per game. That stat alone made me un-easy about the pick. But, maybe they see something I don’t.

MalikBeasleyFinally,at 19, the Nuggets chose Malik Beasley from Flolrida State, another freshman out of college. Beasley averaged 15.6 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game and 1.5 assists per game. He was actually a steal in my eyes. He has so much room for improvement, he could become a future star in Denver. Beasley is not afraid to attack the Basket, nor is he afraid to pull up from the outside. I think Beasley and Mudiay could really feed off of each other.

So, all around I am going to give the Denver Nuggets draft a C+. And, it’s only that high because of Beasley at 19. I think Murray at seven was a little too high of a risk and Hernangomez at 15 was just a waste of a pick. He just doesn’t seem to be an “NBA Big man.” Beasley though, he has such great potential in my eyes, he saved this draft for the Denver Nuggets.

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