Over the next two days, 12 more draft hopefuls will bring their talents to the Mile High City to prove to the Denver Nuggets what they can do.
Thursday, the Nuggets hosted a talented group of swingmen led by sophomore guard/forward Jordan Hamilton. Also working out with him are fringe first round draft picks Malcolm Lee, Chandler Parsons, Darius Morris, Jimmy Butler and E’Twaun Moore.
On Friday, Florida State junior Chris Singleton will highlight the workout which will also feature Andy Ogide of CSU, Jacob Pullen of Kansas State, former North Carolina star Will Grave, Cory Joseph from Texas and Georgia’s guard/forward Travis Leslie will make his second trip to Denver.
Of the 12 players, Hamilton, Singleton, Morris and Lee all seem like logical picks for the Nuggets with the 22nd pick.
- Hamilton was one of the players we highlighted earlier this month. But a quick synopsis of his game is he is a skilled scorer, who can shoot from long-range and drive to the basket. He also is a solid defender and has great length (6-foot-9, 228 pounds). His game has been compared to Stephen Jackson, Cedric Ceballos and Walt Williams. Here is a nice video that ValleyOfTheSuns did on his strength and weaknesses.
- Lee is another talented player to come out of UCLA and considering the success of former Bruins players – Lee should have a long and solid career. Lee has a little Arron Afflalo in him, only a bit undersized. He plays great defensively and is still developing his offensive repertoire. He has had some pretty good workouts recently, including a workout against Jimmer Fredette that really impressed the Utah Jazz.
- The first thing Parsons noticed about Denver was the altitude as he tweeted:
Man it’s tough to breath out here in Denver. Enjoying my off day #chillindoe.
Parsons is a long small forward, who is very versatile. He can score, rebound and pass the ball. He has very high basketball IQ, but won’t be a star at the next level. However, he will do the little things to make an NBA squad. If the Nuggets do select Parsons in the first round it might not make many fans happy – especially since they want a more explosive and impact player.
- Morris is another player we highlighted earlier. He isn’t the sexy pick in the draft, but with his size and team-first mentality he may be drafted in the lottery. Many forget that he was the catalyst in Michigan doing well in the NCAA Tournament. He does have some Andre Miller in him as well.
- Butler is a fringe first pick, as most mock drafts having him going in the early second round. However, Hoopsworld has the Chicago Bulls drafting him with the last pick in the first round. Butler will make at the next level due to his defense, he was a smooth scorer in college but due to his athleticism he may not be as successful in the NBA.
- Unless he catches some teams eyes over the next week, Moore is a lock for the second round. He doesn’t have great size or athleticism, but he can shoot the ball. And if he can make that his calling card he has the ability to be an Anthony Morrow-type in the pros.
From Friday’s workout, Singleton is the only legit first round option.
- It would probably be a dream of George Karl’s if a player of Singleton’s caliber drops to the Nuggets. Singleton is a defensive-first mentality. He has great size for small forward (6-9, 230) and has some scouts thinking Luc Mbah a Moute – only better all-around. Singleton is known for his defense, but he brings an underrated offense where he can also hit outside jumpers.
- Ogide has already worked out for the Nuggets and is a long shot to be drafted – despite having an impressive college career for the Rams. He almost led CSU to the tournament and led the Rams with 17.2 points after adding a little range to his offense.
- Pullen, like Ogide, is likely to go in the second round or undrafted after a good college career. Pullen could do with a year over in Europe, because he lacks size for the NBA and isn’t a pure point guard.
- Grave has a lot to prove in his NBA workouts, especially after being kicked off the Tar Heels team last season. He has everything against him at the workouts and it is on him to show what he can do. Graves would probably play small forward in the pros due to his stocky size (6-6, 240), but he can also shoot the rock a bit.
- Joseph is very raw, and as he should be. He enters the draft after his freshman year. He didn’t wow many people, despite starting for Texas. He was an adequate shooter and didn’t make mistakes, however he also didn’t provide the wow factor that many scouts want to see. If the right team drafts him and has a veteran point guard that will take him under his wing, he should flourish in the NBA – in time.
- Leslie has already worked out for the Nuggets and is probably hopeful that they will take the gamble on him. And it wouldn’t be out of the question if they did. Tony Allen was another tweener a few years ago that caught the Boston Celtics eyes and played key minutes for them. Leslie may not be Allen, but he is athletic and is relentless on the glass. He also can defend multiple positions and can hit midrange jumpers – but his range doesn’t expand to the 3-point line.
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