Julius Randle enters the 2014 NBA Draft slated as a definite top ten pick. Well, that was until many stories began to circulate that he may need foot surgery. Randle has refuted the stories saying he is healthy.
I never do this but it was brought to me and it’s crazy how people put stories out there and have no clue what they are talking about.
— Julius Randle (@J30_RANDLE) June 12, 2014
Julius Randle had a solo workout for the Boston Celtics on Friday June 13th. Here are some snippets of the reports from ESPN Boston:
The 6-foot-9 Randle is one of the draft’s most intriguing players. Back at the start of the college season, he was in the conversation with Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker as potential top picks, but soon saw Kansas big man Joel Embiid take his spot. Now Randle seems to project as more of a mid-lottery guy and you can’t help but wonder if the concerns about his foot might leave prospective teams even more hesitant.
Celtics coach Brad Stevens, who has led the team’s pre-draft workouts, said it can actually be a little tougher on players to go through an individual session.
“I think it’s harder for the player because everybody is just sitting around watching one guy instead of six, [when in a group] at least there’s somebody else out there with you,” said Stevens. “But I thought he did a good job. Julius — and I sat with him in Chicago as well — he’s a very mature kid and works the right way. He’s maybe a guy that’s going to be good for a long time. He did a good job today.”
With a power forward trio which includes Kenneth Faried, JJ Hickson and Darrel Arthur something has to give right? I cannot be the only one who has been waiting for the shoe to drop on one of the aforementioned players being traded. So why draft another power forward? When one of these three incumbents is inevitably moved (I’m guessing Hickson at the trade deadline) the Nuggets will need someone to challenge for minutes. IF there is anything physically wrong with Julius Randle, the Denver Nuggets are a team that has the luxury of time to wait for him to become fully healthy.
I know that thus far I have preached that the Denver Nuggets should draft a shooting guard at #11, namely Nik Stauskas. Ladies and gentleman, may I introduce you to C.J. Wilcox
Furthermore about C.J. Wilcox, from a story out of the Seattle Times:
For example, consider the curious case of Wilcox. The former Washington star is arguably the best perimeter shooter in the draft. At the draft combine, he debunked the theory that he’s non-athletic with a 37 1/2 inch vertical jump. He also displayed quickness and a surprising 6-10 wingspan. The biggest knock on Wilcox is his age. He’s a 23-year-old fifth-year senior – he turns 24 in December – which is uncommon in today’s draft that favors youth and potential over age and experience.
The “arguably the best perimeter shooter in the draft” is my infatuation with Nik Stauskas. If the Nuggets can get a top ten power forward with the #11 pick AND still shore up their perimeter shooting with the 41st pick overall in the draft, make it happen Mr. Connelly!
I’m taking suggestions for who the Nuggets should draft with their 56th overall draft pick.