DENVER — While the Denver Nuggets brass is supposedly waiting and scheming up the perfect plan to bring a mega-star to Denver when the time is right, I propose Masai Ujiri and the Nuggets make a different impact trade as soon as Thursday night in the NBA Draft.
Go Get Sully – as in Ohio State big man, Jared Sullinger.
According to the so-called experts, Sullinger’s draft stock is sliding. He won’t tumble all the way down to the Nuggets at 20, but he could be there at 14. If that is the case, I’ll be pulling to hear the following from Commissioner David Stern: “With the 14th overall selection in the 2012 NBA draft, the Philadelphia 76ers have traded their pick to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are now on the clock.” And then shortly after, “The Denver Nuggets have selected Jared Sullinger, forward, out of Ohio State.”
Here’s why I like it.
For starters, George Karl is already pessimistic about what he’s going to get by standing pat.
“I don’t want to burst anybody’s bubble, but I don’t think the 20th pick in this draft is going to be better than Jordan Hamilton who didn’t play this year,” he said.
Karl continued by implying that whomever they pick, the expectation level won’t be high.
“We are a team that it’s going to be hard to get minutes (as a rookie) on this team.”
With Sullinger that mindset would be different.
The naysayers call him marginally athletic, an undersized big and compare his game to Zach Randolph. I call his game sneaky-quick (especially in the post), with terrific touch and truly believe he has the tools and potential to be the next Carlos Boozer.
There are concerns about Sullinger’s back which, according to a lot of team doctors, could shorten his NBA career. Ohio State head coach Thad Matta doesn’t agree.
“Jared is fine. He’s moving better than I’ve ever seen him move,” said Matta.
That’s good enough for me, and hopefully good enough for the Nuggets. If it doesn’t work out, again it’s not like the Nuggets were overly confident in their original draft position in the first place.