Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger (0) reacts during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Fansided Mock Draft: Nuggets Draft Jared Sullinger


The Fansided NBA Network had their own mock draft where each site drafted for their team and drafting for the Denver Nuggets we selected Jared Sullinger, who fell to the 20th pick.

There is no secret that Sullinger has some health issues that will make him slide in the draft, but being a 6-foot-9, 268-pound big man that can score and rebound makes him worth the gamble with the 20th pick. Not to mention he is only 20 years old.

In two seasons at Ohio State, Sullinger nearly averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds. He also was the arguably the best low-post scorer in college basketball last season.

Some people compare Sullinger to Kevin Love, but Sullinger is more comparable to Carlos Boozer or Zach Randolph. He also has great basketball IQ and is a great rebounder.

The biggest dilemma for the Nuggets drafting Sullinger is how he’ll fit in on their running-and-gunning style. Sullinger lacks the athleticism and speed to play Denver’s fast-paced style. However, looking on the other side of the spectrum is he may be the low-post threat that the Nuggets are lacking. JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried lack refined post moves and the Nuggets may struggle in the future if teams force them to play in the half court.

Tags: 2012 NBA Draft Carlos Boozer Denver Nuggets Jared Sullinger JaVale McGee Kenneth Faried Zach Randolph