Denver Nuggets fans can probably be on a high with how their team worked some magic in the NBA Draft.
Nuggets drafted two players, Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton, that were predicted to go much higher and brought back consummate pro and a veteran point guard in Andre Miller. So how do they fit into the puzzle, Faried joins a crowded frontcourt, same goes for Miller in the backcourt and Hamilton is a rather unknown on how he will be used.
The big man from Morehead State has an attitude and grittiness about him, the question is how prepared for the NBA is he and how long will it take George Karl to trust him? Faried could replace Kenyon Martin’s role on this team – in time, but what will he do in his first year? Lets not forget the Nuggets have Nene, who may move back to power forward and veteran Al Harrington (if the Nuggets can’t unload his contract) each ahead of Faried in the depth chart. And lets not forget Karl has the tough task of finding playing time for Timofey Mozgov, Kosta Koufos and Chris Andersen. But don’t be surprised if Faried works his way into the rotation during his rookie year. He has all of the values that Karl likes, grittiness, energy and hustle and no doubt Karl will reward him if he outworks his counterparts in practice.
Hamilton is the wild card. If he used his draft tumble as motivation and comes to work with a maturity mentality, he could find a spot in the rotation – because there is one a need for his shooting and offensive game. But if he comes to training camp disgruntle on how he is viewed and has a mentality that the world is out to get him he may find a spot on the bench that was occupied by Renaldo Balkman and J.R. Smith at times. But with the right attitude, Hamilton can be a special player. He has a great feel for the game and plays very smooth. He has great size for both the small forward and shooting guard position and is a tremendous rebounder. He isn’t a lockdown defender, but is an adequate one.
Nuggets fans know all about Miller. He is a guy that we always forget, but is about as consistent as they come. As Nate McMillan said after the trade ‘There’s not a lot of guys like Andre. I’ve never met anybody like him, really. He’s a pro’s pro.’ No doubt McMillan’s old boss feels the same way about Miller. It is still undecided if Miller will accept his role off the bench, but don’t be surprised if him and Ty Lawson play together quite a bit. Miller is much bigger than Felton and can guard opposing shooting guards. The only downside is neither is a good shooter. Miller is an adequate defender and can get to the basket relentlessly. It should be apparent to the fans that the lineup closing out games will be Lawson, Miller, Arron Afflalo, Danilo Gallinari and Nene.
Karl type players
One thing this draft did was reunite Karl with Miller, one of his favorite players and also added Faried, who does everything that Karl loves. Now team that up with Afflalo, Gallinari, Mozgov, Kosta Koufos, Nene and Lawson and take out Smith and Karl is getting his team back. No doubt he was a fan of Raymond Felton, but would gladly replace him with Miller and Hamilton.
Tags: Al Harrington Andre Miller Arron Afflalo Chris Andersen Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Jordan Hamilton JR Smith Kenneth Faried Kenyon Martin Kosta Koufos Nate McMillan Nene Raymond Felton Renaldo Balkman Timofey Mozgov Ty Lawson