With the No. 21 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets selected Kansas junior Christian Braun.
The feisty, 6-foot-7 wing was the type of player the Nuggets had in mind heading into Thursday night’s draft. Braun, who averaged 14.1 points and shot over 38% from 3-point range last season, addresses the Nuggets’ need to improve their perimeter defense, which was a sore spot last season.
His experience — the Jayhawks won the national championship this past season — was a bonus. The Nuggets never intended to add a young prospect, instead hunting for a player who could contribute immediately.
Braun checks that box.
His effort in hustle situations endeared him to Kansas coach Bill Self, and his competitiveness endeared him to Nuggets general manager Calvin Booth, who took Braun with his first pick as the top decision-maker in Denver.
Braun averaged 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season, an indication that he’s got far more depth to his game than just his motor. Known as a slasher and an excellent cutter, the Nuggets undoubtedly envisioned Braun thriving in Denver’s pass-happy offense.
First-round Roddy: Colorado State’s David Roddy was largely predicted as a second-round pick, but the versatile forward went far earlier than most anticipated. The Grizzlies took Roddy with the No. 23 pick, which they acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for De’Anthony Melton. Danny Green also went to Memphis.
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