Oct 9, 2013; San Antonio, TX, USA; CSKA Moscow fans cheer on Nenad Krstic and the rest of their team during the second half against the San Antonio Spurs. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Nenad Krstic, Should Denver Nuggets Bring Him Back to NBA?

Denver GM Tim Connelly has gone on record trying to temper expectations for whomever the Nuggets choose 11th overall on June 26th.  I have gone on record stating my hope is that the Nuggets draft a shooting guard.  Although with both JaVale McGee and JJ Hickson recovering from injuries, Denver could use another center on the roster as an insurance policy.  An insurance policy is not Jan Vesely with only 25 starts to his credit.  An insurance policy would be someone with over 250 career starts.  Someone who stepped away from the NBA after the lockout and done very well in the Euroleague.  Someone who is less of a risk than a draft pick.  Enter Nenad Krstic.

Krstic was drafted 24th overall in the 2002 NBA draft by the New Jersey Nets.  His NBA career would begin in 2004.  Krstic was worth the wait as he was named to the NBA All-Rookie second team.  His career was spiraling upward until December 22, 2006 when he tore his left ACL.  At the time of his injury, his numbers in shooting percentage, rebounds and points per game were steadily climbing each season.  Nenad Krstic returned 10 months later to start the NBA season for the New Jersey Nets but his confidence was shaken and his numbers suffered.

 (Slightly off topic note, JJ Hickson is recovering from the same injury, here’s hoping his return goes smoother.)

After New Jersey, Krstic played for the Oklahoma City Thunder for parts of three seasons starting 152 of 169 games.  At the 2011 trade deadline, Nenad Krstic was traded to the Boston Celtics in exchange for Kendrick Perkins (who stills starts at center for OKC).  Krstic has played the last three seasons for CSKA Moscow.  Twice he was named to the All-Euroleague first team.  CSKA Moscow holds on option to re-sign him but shortly after failing to win the Euroleague for the third straight year, the president of CSKA blamed Krstić and another teammate for not putting enough effort over the season.

Will that be motivation enough for Krstic to attempt a comeback in the NBA?  If so, is the fit right in Denver?

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  • Adam

    Yes and no it really depends on what this guys mentality is like as a competitor, but my conclusion is NO because firstly we have lost way to many athletic and tall guards and they were the core to this basketball team and if haven’t those players left than Yes i would maybe pick up this Nenad Krstic fella but we need to rebuild what we once had and go after the most athletic, fast, tall and defensive first guards before we do anything else. PLEASE, TIM CONNELLY IS YOU READING THIS…. lol

  • Adam

    P.S this front office is more stupid than my local Rugby League team. And Tim Connelly is probaly behind it all because he fancys short-no defence and players who like to just jack up a damn 3 all game. Doesn’t this front office know that we already have players like Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller who are our similar to those type of players and are our future and yet his still trying to get more players like Randy Foye to ruin there development and lose of minutes when Randy Foye shouldn’t even be on our team, wow and than he blames all our loses on our Big Men…….

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    • Len Nunes

      I have not hid my want for the Nugs to bring in Stauskas. I have not hid my want for Foye’s role being reduced to the guy who takes the game winning shot. I don’t think anybody’s “blamed” the Big Men for loses. It would not be fair as McGee only had 5 games, Hickson again played out of position, and it took Faried a couple months to adjust to Coach Shaw. After mixing in the fact Gallo missed the entire season, I figure the focus on getting backcourt help over frontcourt help is because our frontcourt is still a largely unknown product.