Denver Nuggets Training Camp Outlook: The Mysterious DJ Kennedy
The Denver Nuggets signed DJ Kennedy partially to have another training camp body and partially to see what this phenom is capable of.
DJ Kennedy or his real name David John Kennedy has gone under the radar for quite some time. He was undrafted coming out of the 2011 NBA Draft. He was picked up by the Cavaliers and obviously has not been able to stick around there.
Kennedy played in France, Russia Germany, the NBA and Italy. When signed by Denver, CBS Sports said this about DJ Kennedy (full article seen here):
He’s since logged time in the D-League and with clubs in France, Israel, Russia and Germany, and most recently helped lead the Overseas Elite club to the $2 million prize in The Basketball Tournament. Kennedy will have a tough time distinguishing himself in the Nuggets’ deep corps of wings, but could end up making enough of an impression in training camp to land a gig with another NBA team.
This will be another instance where DJ Kennedy must yet again prove himself. HIs success in The Basketball Tournament has sparked interest in his much more developed game.
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Now, let’s take a look at where Kennedy might fit in if he can manage to get the 15th spot.
Why He Could Make It
It is as simple as scoring. Obviously, the team that has more points wins the game, and DJ Kennedy has a full arsenal of ways to get points.
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His 6-6, 215 build has him at a prime option for the small forward position. While not a highly coveted position by the Nuggets, they could run into to some problems if a SF goes down. And, with this team, that is more likely than not. While solid, core players, Wilson Chandler and Danilo Gallinari have a knack for always being injured at some point throughout the season.
Therefore, in order to keep their bench at full strength, they could add DJ Kennedy. This would be an interesting add and his ability would be very much so welcomed by the Nuggets crowd.
Depth chart-wise, it could make sense, and with DJ having the ability to facilitate and score, it could also be a plus for the Nuggets. The only problem is that the Nuggets will need a third string center.
Why He Does Not Make It
It is simple enough. DJ Kennedy is just not the best option.
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The Denver Nuggets right now have two tremendously talented small forwards also competing for that position by the name of JaKarr Sampson and Axel Toupane. JaKarr started a boat load of games last season while Axel proved that he could be called upon as a lockdown defender.
This does not bode well for Kennedy. While he can score and in an array of ways, Axel Toupane is much more the defender and, it seems, JaKarr Sampson has a much better relationship with the organization.
Sadly, JaKarr Sampson just like Nate Wolters will find himself as the odd man out yet again. With a great training camp, DJ could prove to everyone around him including other teams that he will be ready for the jump to a permanent NBA spot.
As the time to select draws ever so close, we will keep an eye out for how DJ is doing and if he will have shot at the illustrious last spot on the Denver Nuggets squad.
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