2012 NBA Draft Grades: Evan Fournier Goes 20th to Denver
Denver Nuggets | Last Season: 38-28 (Lost First Round of Playoffs) | Draft Picks: 20, 38, 50
Season Summary: The Nuggets almost gave the Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money in the first round of the playoffs—which was impressive considering the number of under-the-radar stars on their roster. Ty Lawson had the best season of his three-year career and Denver actually led the league in points per game this season (104.1).
Draft Needs: With three picks in this year’s draft, the Nuggets could certainly add a shooting guard to their roster. Arron Afflalo put up decent numbers last season, but most shooting guards should be averaging more than just above 15 points per game.
Pick #20: Evan Fournier | SG/SF | France
Fournier was projected to go mid-to-late first round, and has the tools to be a starting wing player in the NBA. Fournier is still a few years away from that, but he’s versatile and talented so there’s plenty of potential. He, like so many others drafted, needs to get stronger. His outside shot needs improvement as does his rebounding, but Fournier is clearly an NBA talent.
Grade: B –
2012-2013 Outlook: This team will certainly be another playoff contender once again next season and their experience against the Los Angeles Lakers this past season should benefit them from an experience perspective.
Check out all of Rant Sports 2012 NBA Draft Grades from the 1st Round.
Izzo vs Pitino: Michigan St./Louisville Elite 8 Preview | ACC Road to Indy
They've combined for 13 Final Four appearances. Now, Tom Izzo and Rick Pitino will face off in the East Regional Final. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel and Jason Capel break down not only the matchup between the star coaches, but also between star players like Terry Rozier & Montrezl Harrell for the Cardinals vs Travis Trice & Branden Dawson for the Spartans Read More
Duke Players Staying Focused After Elite 8 Berth | ACC Road to Indy
Despite playing in front of friends and family in his hometown of Houston, Duke freshman Justise Winslow scored a game-high 21 points to propel the Blue Devils past Utah, 63-57. Hear from Winslow and fellow freshman Tyus Jones as Duke turns the page to #2 seed Gonzaga in the regional finals. Read More
Duke and Gonzaga Battle for Ticket to Final Four | ACC Road to Indy
#1 seed Duke defeated Utah to advance to the Elite 8 where 2nd-seeded Gonzaga is waiting. ACC Digital Network host Jeff Fischel and analyst Jason Capel break down the keys to the battle that will determine a spot in the Final Four. Read More
Coach K Proud of His Guys After Sweet 16 Victory vs Utah | ACC Road to Indy
After Duke's 63-57 victory over Utah in the Sweet 16, Mike Krzyzewski talks about how proud he is of his team and their fight to make it to the Elite 8. Coach K also commented on the maturity of the freshmen on the team being a key to their success this season. Read More
NCAA Tournament Preview: Louisville vs. Michigan State
Campus Insiders presents "Who's Got Next? Presented By XFINITY." Bonnie Bernstein and Jordan Cornette break down the upcoming matchup between the Cardinals and Spartans and predict the winner. Read More