Denver Nuggets: Comparisons and Expectations for Each Rookie

Mar 12, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) leaves the court after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of game eleven of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky won 93-80. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

The Denver Nuggets had one of the best drafts in the NBA, and now we will check out what realistic expectations for these new Nuggets are.

The Denver Nuggets had three first round draft picks, and they drafted Jamal Murray with the 7th, Juancho Hernangomez with the 15th, and Malik Beasley with the 19th pick.

With so much talent, it is sad that the Nuggets will be so deep that most of them will see less-than desirable minutes. Drafting two freshman standouts and an overseas talents, the Denver Nuggets are set to be one of the NBA’s future powerhouses.

The biggest questions for these rookies outside of the playing time will be what fans should realistically ask from them. Therefore, we will take a look at what we- here at Nugg Love- think the realistic expectations are for these rooks.

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Now that the summer league is over and training camp is about to begin for the Denver Nuggets, it’s time to look at what the newest young guys should look like next year for the Denver Nuggets.

Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Malik Beasley (Florida State) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number nineteen overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Beasley SG

Beasley is known mostly for being a three and D guy at Florida State because he shot 38 percent from three in college. Beasley also shot 47 percent overall while getting 15.6 points per game while playing for almost 30 minutes a game.

With Beasley getting grabbed late in the lottery by the Nuggets they expect him to do exactly what he did in college and immediately do that in the NBA. With his long arms, a 6’7” wingspan with a 6’3.5” height, he has the size to matchup with guards that can shoot like Curry and Klay do.

Beasley also has the shooting ability, and ability to grow as a shooter, to be a scorer off the bench as well as a valuable defender to matchup with the three point bench scorers for other teams.

Sadly, Beasley may only get some scrap minutes his first season. It will be doubtful for Beasley to ever truly crack into the permanent rotation.

Ceiling: C.J. McCollum – Portland Trail Blazers
Floor: Evan Turner – Boston Celtics

Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Juan Hernangomez greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Juancho Hernangomez F

I will be the first to admit that I know very little about this guy, he is from Spain and is a athlete at the four.

He is a little undersized height wise but has the shooting ability to be a Porzingis type player, but will not have the type of season as Porzingis had last year. Has long arms, and a very lean body, but enough muscle to hold his own on defense. Has the post moves of Jahlil Okafor but is not as polished.

Can be a elite defender if he can learn to move well in the Nuggets’ defense, and can be a stretch four if he can shoot the ball like he did in Spain.

Just as Beasley may struggle to get in the rotation, Juancho may also struggle in this deep roster. With Arthur and Faried both infront of him, this Spanish sensation may not get his time till next season, barring any trade.

But, with the looming possibility of a Kenneth Faried trade, Hernangomez could sneak some solid minutes if something like that would go down. Expect little from Hernangomez this season, but eventually his skill set will role around to be an incredibly useful one.

Ceiling: Kristaps Porzingius – New York Knicks
Floor: Nerlens Noel – Philidelphia 76’ers

Jun 23, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Jamal Murray (Kentucky) greets NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the number seven overall pick to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the 2016 NBA Draft at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Jamal Murray SG

Jamal Murray has the highest future potential out of these three, but in regards to this year it’s going to be hard to predict.

Murray will have to beat out Beasley for backup minutes, if they plan to keep both at shooting guard, but I think that Murray will transition to the point. Even if he beats Beasley out he still will be behind Gary Harris on the depth chart at SG, but at point he would be in the rotation.

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Although Murray is a little small to be a elite defender as he is only 6’3” with a 6’6.5” reach, not much smaller than Beasley but enough to make a difference. Jamal was the Steph Curry of college last year as he shot 40 percent from three and averaged 20 points per game in 35 minutes.

Murray can be better than players selected before him if he is managed correctly, could benefit from running next to Mudiay and splitting the ball handler duties.

Ceiling: Jeff Teague – Indiana Pacers (Thats actually a compliment, look up his stats)
Floor: Isaiah Thomas – Boston Celtics

Set for the next decade, the Denver Nuggets should attempt to get some of these young guns minutes. With such high quality talent, look for Denver to revisit the promise land in just a few short year.

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