The Denver Nuggets selected Kansas guard Christian Braun with the 21st pick in the NBA Draft
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected Kansas guard Christian Braun with the 21st pick in the NBA Draft on Thursday night.
The 6-foot-6 Braun averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Jayhawks last season. His 12 points and 12 rebounds helped Kansas beat North Carolina in the national championship game on April 4. He played the whole game.
This is the first draft with general manager Calvin Booth as the Nuggets’ primary decision maker. Tim Connelly, who joined the organization in 2013 and served as president of Denver basketball operations, was courted by Minnesota with a lucrative deal to manage that franchise.
The Nuggets also had the 30th pick on Thursday night, acquired in a trade with Oklahoma City.
Connelly left behind a talented team, led by two-time NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. Jokic became the first player selected in the second round to win the award when he won it last year. His recall season was even more impressive — 27.1 points, 13.8 rebounds and 7.9 assists while carrying a team missing two of its best players.
Jamal Murray missed the entire 2021-22 season while recovering from ACL surgery and Michael Porter Jr. underwent back surgery and did not play after Nov. 6.
Jokic, 27, led the team to the playoffs for the fourth straight year and the Nuggets want to enjoy the center’s best years. They’ve already started reworking the roster, starting with Booth trading forward JaMychal Green and a protected 2027 first-round pick to the Thunder for the 30th pick in this year’s draft and two future second-rounders.
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