NBA Draft pick #27 - Denver Nuggets

Denver selects Rudy Gobert at No. 27 for Denver

6/27/13 in NBA   |   droth   |   127 respect

With the 27th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets have selected Rudy Gobert, a center from France.  Gobert is expected to be headed to Utah.Jun 27, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Rudy Gobert shakes hands with NBA commissioner David Stern after being selected as the number twenty-seven overall pick to the Denver Nuggets during the 2013 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Gobert broke records at the combine with his length and hand size.  He is over 7" without shoes on, but he is still thin and not athletic, a combination that usually hurts NBA prospects.  But scouts like his skills and you can't teach tall, so there is definitely value there, even if it is mostly potential.  

If Utah keeps Al Jefferson and Paul Milsap, Gobert will likely not see the floor much next year. But both Jefferson and Milsap are free agents, so Utah's big man rotation is very much up in the air.  

Even if either Milsap and Jeferson leave, Gobert will still be behind Enes Kanter and Derrick Favors on the depth chart.

Gobert's size presents significant potential, but it's unlikely that we'll find out what that potential will translate into for at least a couple of years.
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