NBA Draft 2011: Kenneth Faried to Nuggets, Rockets Select Nikola Mirotic
Denver Drafts Kenneth Faried, Houston Takes Nikola Mirotic, Thunder Draft Reggie Jackson
I love this pick by Denver. Kennth Faried is an absolute beast on the glass, as is clearly evidenced by his position on the list of college basketball's all-time leading rebounders: first.
The Morehead State product is very raw offensively, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing as he'll be able to focus all his energy on defense and rebounding.
He'll contribute immediately to a Nuggets team that was already quite competitive. Denver is in an excellent position moving forward due to their mix of youth, experience, and pure talent.
Houston selected 6'10" power forward Nikola Mirotic of Montenegro. Mirotic has lottery pick talent, but an exceptionally tricky buyout situation will prevent him from coming to the United States for at least three or four seasons.
ESPN's Ric Bucher just reported that Mirotic will be traded to Minnesota, along with Brad Miller, for Jonny Flynn and the 20th overall pick (Donatas Montejunas).
I like this deal for Minnesota as they add a proven veteran big man and a very talented prospect to stash overseas for a little while.
The Thunder drafted the freakishly athletic Reggie Jackson of Boston College.
The 6'3", 210 pound combo guard has an enormous wingspan and will be a nice addition to the Thunder bench. He averaged 18.2 points, 4.5 assists, and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Of course, this pick may mean that Oklahoma City's current backup point guard, Eric Maynor, is available via trade. I've always thought Maynor would be a capable starter in the NBA, and I'm a little perplexed as to why they would draft someone to replace him.
It will be interesting to see if OKC pulls off any transactions regarding their suddenly crowded backcourt.
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