Denver Nuggets draft recap: A roster full of questions
Emmauel Mudiay’s rough night turned into pure bliss for the Denver Nuggets and their fans. Mudiay the international man of mystery was thought to be a potential top three pick, but slid to seventh overall in the NBA Draft. While not many fans know much about Mudiay besides his choice to play overseas in China rather than enrolling at SMU, he has been heavily scouted by NBA execs and myself. Here is my draft profile of Mudiay.
Mudiay gives the Nuggets a player that can impact both ends of the floor. He will be able to defend both guard positions as a rookie and should become a lock-down defender as he progresses. Known as a solid passer, it is key that Mudiay becomes an effective shooter at the NBA level, something he struggles with currently. If he work hard and can craft a solid jump shot, Mudiay can be a stronger, more physical Rajon Rondo.
Emmanuel Mudiay’s slide may have cost him millions, but it could cost Ty Lawson a spot on the Nuggets roster. While the pick was being called in Brooklyn, Lawson posted a video in which he says, “I’m going to Sacramento.” Clearly not the best move, but Mudiay’s arrival could make Ty expendable. If you feel like being entertained, or bored to death you can watch Ty Lawson’s full-video here.
The Denver Nuggets front office has made wholesale changes to their roster since their 57-win campaign in which they fired Coach-of-the-Year George Karl. With Lawson, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari being the only players leftover from that 2013 team, all are reportedly on the trading block. Karl, now the head coach of the Kings is in the mix for all of those players as he attempts to re-create Nuggets-2.0 in Southern California.
Over the summer we are bound to hear trade rumors thrown around, but I do expect dominoes to fall when free agency opens in July and multiple players change teams. Look for clarity on the Nuggets roster after this period.
To end the NBA Draft on a consistent note for Denver, they selected Nikola Radičević from Spain, who is another solid guard-prospect, but continues the Nuggets trend of selecting international players (they have selected at least one in every year they have had a pick except one since 2001).
Draft Grade: A
Dan Schalk covers the Denver Nuggets for MFST, you can follow him on Twitter @FFSportsTalk