We’ll be following all the action of tonight’s draft (through the eyes of Nuggets fans) as part of the Denver Nuggets 2014 NBA Draft live blog, so we invite you to follow along and share your thoughts and reactions in the comments below! (Older posts start at the bottom; most recent posts appear at the top.)
9:27 p.m.: More picks, yadda yadda yadda. Seriously, I’m ill over the Nurkic pick. My colleagues will be along shortly or in the morning to reflect on the pick. Good night!
9:23 p.m.: Sorry, Nuggets fans, but I’m sick over the last pick. I can’t stomach another big, slow European project. Are you as upset as I am?!?!
9:20 p.m.: With the number 16 pick, Denver gets Jusuf Nurkic. UUUUGGGGHHHHHH!
9:16 p.m.: Good for Isaiah Austin.
9:12 p.m.: OK, the Nuggets are on the clock AGAIN!
9:10 p.m.: At 15, the Hawks select Adreian Payne from Michigan St. That’s another player experts predicted the Nuggets might pick.
9:03 p.m.: At 14, the Suns grab T.J. Warren from NC State. He might have the worst tie/shirt collar combination in the draft:
9:00 p.m.: The Magic trade Dario Saric to Philly for Elfrid Payton.
8:55 p.m.: The Wolves, with pick 13, take Zach LaVine from UCLA. Maybe the best athlete and dunker in this year’s draft. Should be exciting to watch him develop in the league.
8:52 p.m.: The Magic take Dario Saric off the board at 12. That’s good news as far as I’m concerned, because I did not want to see the Nuggets take a gamble on another foreign project.
8:51 p.m.: That’s awesome! I’m so glad the Nuggets made that trade!
8:50 p.m.: Nuggets trade McDermott to Chicago for picks 16 and 19!
8:45 p.m.: Sorry, but I just can’t get excited about Dougie McBuckets. You can hear my disappointment in the clip below:
8:42 p.m.: With number 11, the Denver Nuggets select Doug McDermott from Creighton. I’m not pumped… 8:40 p.m.: Here we go, Nuggets fans! 8:38 p.m.: THE NUGGETS ARE ON THE CLOCK! 8:36 p.m.: At 10, the 76ers pick Elfrid Payton. Woah. That kid’s draft stock shot through the roof! 8:29 p.m.: With number 9, the Hornets select Noah Vonleh from Indiana. I know some people think he’s a big deal, but yawn. 8:25 p.m.: The Hornets are on the clock. Hopefully they won’t steal any more of my Nuggets’ dream picks! 8:23 p.m.: The Kings take Nick Stauskas at number 8. ARRRGGHHHH! There goes my Nuggets dream pick. 8:17 p.m.: And the LA Kobe’s take Julius Randle with number 7. Hopefully the folks in Laker-land are ready for Julius, his double-doubles, and his spin-spin-spin-spin move. 8:12 p.m.: With the sixth pick, the Boston Celtics select Marcus Smart out of Oklahoma State. Lots of people expected Julius Randle to go to Boston. Maybe the fact that he skipped a second workout for the team for a GQ workout mattered more than some people thought. 8:08 p.m.: What do you think, Nuggets fans? This is all playing out according to plan so far. Do you foresee any surprises coming up in the next few picks? 8:07 p.m.: With pick number 5, the Utah Jazz take Dante Exum from Australia. He could end up being the steal of the draft or the year’s biggest disappointment. Only time will tell. 8:01 p.m.: At number 4, the Orlando Magic select Aaron Gordon. Wow! That’s higher than most draft experts predicted. I suppose a team like Orlando can afford to draft on potential and upside as opposed to ability to contribute in the near-term. Because they are terrible. 7:55 p.m.: With the third pick, the 76ers pick Joel Embiid out of Kansas. He didn’t look too happy when ESPN looked in on his draft party. Hopefully that’s just a side effect from his recent surgery. 7:48 p.m.: With the second pick, the Bucks select Jabari Parker. My dream would have been to see Parker as a Nugg, but it wasn’t meant to be. Parker could be a legit star, but he’s probably destined to languish in the Land of Cheese. 7:39 p.m.: With the first pick, the Cleveland Cavs select Andrew Wiggins (as expected)! Good for Wiggins, I guess. Have fun partying with Johnny Football and losing lots of games! 7:34 p.m.: HERE WE GO! Cavs are on the clock. 7:22 p.m.: Jalen Rose’s shirt and tie combo is straight out of the 90s: 7:18 p.m.: Do you think that was the first time most of these prospects ever saw a Polaroid camera?! That must seem like ancient technology to these young bucks. 7:11 p.m.: Maybe let’s go with a guard tonight, OK, Nuggs?
7:10 p.m.: The Nuggets Dancers are ready for the draft:
7:07 p.m.: ESPN reporting that the Cavs still don’t know if they are going to keep the first pick. GET IT TOGETHER, CLEVELAND! That’s why the Cavs are the Cavs, I guess. — S.E.
7:03 p.m.: ESPN opening the draft with a nice “I’m not the Hype” spot. Unfortunately, history tells us a lot of these young men are, indeed, nothing more than hype. Hopefully the Nuggets find a player who is more than that! –S.E.
6:55 p.m.: Draft Express projects K.J. McDaniels will be selected early in the second round. Vice Sports recently posted an interesting profile of the small forward out of Clemson. It’s worth checking out ahead of tonight’s draft:
6:50 p.m.: According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, the Charlotte Hornets were willing to offer Orlando Gerald Henderson and pick number 24 in the first round for Arron Afflalo. I guess the Magic rate Evan Fournier as a better fit for their team (or a better asset to trade) than Henderson. Interesting. — S.E.
6 p.m.: Bleacher Report has a nice roundup of the latest Nuggets draft gossip, including rumors that the Nuggets “promised” to draft Dario Saric (ugh, let’s hope that’s not true). — S.E.
5:40 p.m.: Ok, Nuggets fans, tonight’s the night! At 7 p.m. ET, the 2014 NBA Draft finally gets underway and, as of right now, the Nuggets still hold the number 11 pick in the first round and the number 41 pick in the second round. As we saw with this morning’s trade that sent Evan Fournier and the number 56 pick to Orland for shooting guard (and former Nugget) Arron Afflalo, anything can happen tonight. It should be a fun night, so join us here in this post throughout the evening for all the latest updates. — S.E.