The Nuggets added some size and energy on Wednesday when they selected Arizona big man Zeke Nnaji with the No. 22 pick in the NBA draft.
Here’s a look at how the national experts rated Denver’s pick:
Bleacher Report | Zach Buckley | Grade: C.
“It seems simple enough to tuck into a spin like an energetic, athletic piglet who can make his way to the scoreboard with interior finishes and putbacks. But he could offer more offensive potential over time. ” View the full figures here.
CBS Sports | Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone | Grade: C-
‘This just seems like a range. He’s a borderline pick for the first round – I had him in the second – and this is a bit too high. Nnaji is very athletic, but not the best player because he has to work on his defense and skills. ” View the full figures here.
ESPN | Jonathan Givony | Not a grade
With Mason Plumlee entering the free agency, the Nuggets opted to immediately close a gap in the backup center with Zeke Nnaji, who also offers the option of potentially playing spot minutes alongside Nikola Jokic if his 3-point shot can improve as expected . A hard-playing big man who can engage pick and rolls and get off the ground quickly for finishes, Nnaji has several role-playing attributes that make winning teams like the Nuggets crave. ” View the full direct analysis here.
The Ringer | Jonathan Tjarks | Grade: B.
Is the era of Mason Plumlee in Denver over? There is no need to spend $ 13 million a year for someone to support Nikola Jokic. Nnaji has more offensive skills than most rim-rolling big men in the NBA and should be able to give Jokic some much-needed breaths and lobs for him in a few minutes together. It also never hurts to have more athletes around the Nuggets’ All-Star center. NBA teams clearly think Sean Miller had more talent in his roster than Arizona’s back-and-forth performance indicated last season. Do better, coach. ” View the full figures here.
Sporting news | Jordan Greer | Grade B-
“Nnaji could be part of an NBA rotation for years to come, as he is a capable finisher and has had a nice shot. Not exactly Defensive Player of the Year material. With Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee possibly leaving on free duty, Nnaji has some sense of backing up. ” View the full figures here.