The Denver Nuggets are a team that seem to be in transition despite the fact that they were a playoff team that made a pretty nice run under George Karl who was the Coach of the Year. But despite this, the Nuggets fired Karl and are looking to get younger and better under new head coach Brian Shaw. What that means is their first round pick in this draft could end up being a guy who develops into more than just a role player position with the team.
So with the 27th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Rudy Gobert
With Kenneth Faried clearly the face and future of the franchise, a guy like Rudy Gobert is going to come in and start out in a position that suits him very much. He’s not going to be counted on to be a star or a leader, and he may not even be leaned on that heavily to produce right off the bat.
That gives Brian Shaw a chance to do what he did so well in Indiana and that’s work with young talent and coach them up. He was just an assistant with the Pacers and was largely following Frank Vogel’s lead, but Shaw has the coaching pedigree to be taken seriously and any young talent that comes his way is likely going to hear and learn all the right things that make him dangerous in the future.
UPDATE – The Nuggets have traded the rights to Gobert to the Utah Jazz.