The Denver Nuggets secured one of the top international prospects available in the 2022 NBA draft Thursday by selecting center Ismael Kamagate with the No. 46 overall pick.
The Nuggets acquired the pick in a trade with the Portland Trail Blazers, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report
Player: Ismael Kamagate
Pro Comparison: Daniel Gafford
Scouting Report: Scouts have caught on to Kamagate's production in France's top league, where the 6'11" center has been posterizing defenders with his long reach and athleticism. He isn't as tough defensively as some of the top NCAA center prospects, but he does offer more ball-handling and shot-making potential.
Christian Braun, SG/SF: Rookie scale contract
Peyton Watson, SF: Rookie scale contract
Ismael Kamagate, C: Rookie scale contract
Michael Porter Jr., SF: $34.5M (2027)
Jamal Murray, PG: $31.7M (2025)
Nikola Jokic, C: $29.5M (2023)
Aaron Gordon, PF: $21.7M (2026)
Will Barton, SF: UFA: $15M (2023)
Monte Morris, PG: $9.3M (2024)
Jeff Green, PF: $4.5M (2023)
Zeke Nnaji, PF: $3M (2024)
Bones Hyland, PG: $2.7M (2025)
Bryn Forbes, SG: UFA
Facundo Campazzo, PG: RFA
Austin Rivers, PG: UFA
Vlatko Cancar, SF: RFA
DeMarcus Cousins, C: UFA
Davon Reed, SG: RFA
Markus Howard, PG: RFA
Kamagate truly came into his own during the 2021-22 season, which was his first full campaign playing for Paris Basketball in the LNB Pro A league.
The 6'11" big man put up averages of 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game while shooting 65.9 percent from the field despite playing against far older and more experienced players.
The talented Frenchman has big-time potential to produce at the NBA level, although it is unclear if he will come over immediately or opt for more seasoning in France's top league.