2011 NBA Draft Results: Winner -- Denver Nuggets (for the Whole Darn Thing)
In examining the Nuggets’ entire body of work on Thursday night, Denver walked away as one of the biggest winners of the 2011 NBA Draft.
It’s not surprising that the Nuggets felt they should take advantage of their spoiled situation of having two young, speedy, starting-caliber, ex-Tar Heel point guards. After all, when Raymond Felton came to Denver from the Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony deal late last season, he found himself backing up Ty Lawson, who took over Denver’s lead-scoring role on the post-Anthony Pepsi Center court.
Turns out, Denver got everything they needed from Felton on Thursday night.
In a bizarre and confusing series of events, Denver traded Felton to Portland for former Nugget Andre Miller, which was said to include some draft pick considerations initially. And after the back-and-forth of misinformed Tweeters, this is how it all went down.
Just before the Miller-for-Felton deal went down, Denver made a great pick with the 22nd overall pick, scooping up Morehead State rebounding machine Kenneth Faried.
Then, in the Felton deal to Portland, and in addition to Miller, Denver also received the 26th overall pick of Texas standout Jordan Hamilton, via the Mavericks, who picked up the Blazers' Rudy Fernandez as a part of the deal.
This means, basically, that Denver gave up just Felton, a backup point guard, for the chance to pick up Faried and Hamilton with draft picks, to go along with the veteran Miller, via trade.
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