2012 NBA Draft: Nuggets Draft G Evan Fournier

The 2012 NBA Draft saw the Denver Nuggets select guard Evan Fournier with the 20th overall pick.

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2012 NBA Draft: Nuggets Select Izzet Turkyilmaz With 50th Overall Pick

After nabbing a pair of wing players with their first two picks, the Denver Nuggets have selected Turkish center Izzet Turkyilmaz with the 50th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. The Nuggets will likely stash this pick in Europe for a few years, allowing him to develop before potentially bringing him over to join the team in Denver.

Standing at 7-foot-1, Turkyilmaz has the kind of height that could potentially make him a useful player on an NBA frontline with some development and growth. He's pretty slender, weighing in at just 211 pounds, but he's the kind of draft pick that won't arrive in the NBA for years anyways.

Clearly, the Nuggets didn't believe that they would be able to draft a player this late in the second round that could ultimately help the team. In Turkyilmaz, Denver takes a flier on a player with size and athleticism that might turn into something useful down the road.

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Nuggets Select Quincy Miller With 38th Overall Pick

The Denver Nuggets have selected Baylor forward Quincy Miller with the 38th overall pick in Thursday night's NBA draft. Many drafts had Miller pegged as a late first round pick, so this has to be considered a solid value pick for the Nuggets well into the second round.

Once considered one of the elite high school players in the nation, Miller had a major knee injury that sapped some of his athleticism. Despite the injury, Miller still showed flashes of his well-rounded game while playing for Baylor, averaging 10.6 PPG, 4.9 RPG and 1.4 APG while shooting 45 percent from the field as a freshman.

Many analysts believed that Miller could potentially emerge as a top-10 selection in the 2013 draft if he stayed at Baylor for another year, so the Nuggets are presumably pleased with landing him here. He still has the size (6-foot-10) and scoring ability that made him so intriguing in high school, so it'll be interesting to watch him develop.

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2012 NBA Draft Results: Nuggets Select Evan Fournier With 20th Overall Pick

The Denver Nuggets used the 20th overall pick of the 2012 NBA Draft to select guard Evan Fournier from France. Mock drafts rarely -- if at all -- had the Nuggets taking an overseas player. He played for Poitiers this past season, not exactly the best team, according to the talking heads on ESPN. Fournier turns 20 in October.

In 2011, the Nuggets picked up power forward Kenneth Faried with the 22nd overall pick and received a productive rookie season from him. Jordan Hamilton was drafted several picks later by the Dallas Mavericks, but a three-team trade involving the Portland Trail Blazers landed him in Denver. He barely played as a rookie.

Will Fournier play his rookie season with an impact like Faried or will he warm the bench more often than not in 2012-13? Given Karl's tendency to not really play rookies often, Fournier might not see the floor much. As a shooting guard for the Nuggets, Fournier will battle with all of the wing players Denver has to see the court.

That is, if he doesn't wait a couple of years to come to the United States.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Projects Moe Harkless To Nuggets

The 2012 NBA Draft is about a month away, but on Wednesday the lottery order was settled with the New Orleans Hornets moving up to the No. 1 overall pick. The Nuggets weren't in the lottery since they made the playoffs, so it didn't affect them. But now we'll start getting a better sense of where the mock draft projections will move for the Nuggets. ESPN Insider Chad Ford has released his first post-draft-lottery mock and the Nuggets pick up St. John's forward Moe Harkless:

The Nuggets don't have any glaring needs right now, which gives them the luxury of taking the best player left on the board. We've had Quincy Miller here the past few mock drafts, but there seems to be a growing consensus that Harkless might be the better prospect.

Ford's been on the "best player available" mantra since his first mock draft. Now five deep in, Ford is still sticking with it. There really isn't a position of immediate need for the Nuggets, making this pick a wide open one. Or maybe even open for trade.

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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Could Moe Harkless Be Nuggets' Choice At No. 20?

The Denver Nuggets are biding their time now that they are out of the 2012 NBA Playoffs, but that just means intense preparation for the 2012 NBA Draft must be taking place. The Nuggets have the No. 20 overall pick and really don't have any particular area they should target, so taking the best player available will likely be the route the team takes, provided the pick is kept. Over at College Hoops Journal, the Nuggets are projected for St. John's Red Storm forward Moe Harkless:

Harkless is more "raw" compared to [Jeffrey] Taylor, but they share the same qualities. Harkless needs time to develop, but he’ll flourish in the Nuggets’ up-tempo offense.

As a freshman for the Red Storm, Harkless averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He is 6 feet 8 and 208 pounds and has played both guard and forward. The Nuggets have plenty players at both positions with Danilo Gallinari, Arron Afflalo, Corey Brewer and Jordan Hamilton there, but as a long-term development project he could be worth it.

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