“Welcome to the family”: Nuggets draft picks met with Michael Malone’s warm embrace at Ball Arena

The Denver Nuggets’ head coach is Michael ‘Lakers Daddy’ Malone. He was assigned as the sixteenth ‘Head Coach’ of the Nuggets on the 15th of June 2015.

Coach Malone was the head coach of the Sacramento Kings before moving to Denver, and this time he isn’t just done rejoicing after the team’s first championship.

Nuggets HC Michael Malone greets Nuggets draft picks

Jalen Pickett, Julian Strawther, and Hunter Tyson were the first-round picks to be greeted by Michael Malone at the Ball Arena yesterday afternoon. As part of a trade with the Indiana Pacers, Denver selected Penn State point guard Jalen Pickett at No. 32 and Gonzaga forward Julian Strawther at No. 29. With the 37th pick, they also managed to remove Hunter Tyson from Clemson.

To bolster a core that includes Finals MVP Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., Jamal Murray, and Aaron Gordon, the Nuggets looked for some cost-controlling players in the NBA draught on Thursday night. Bruce Brown, the sixth guy, opted out and will soon be a free agency; this strategy might be a method to keep him on board.

Maybe another veteran who wants to support the title defense. The Nuggets are attempting to duplicate their success from the previous summer when they selected Christian Braun from Kansas at No. 21. During the Nuggets’ journey to their first title, Braun provided crucial bench time.

Who are the ones entering free agency from Nuggets?

The Denver Nuggets, their success was mostly due to Bruce Brown’s epic performance. He did a fantastic job of playing a supporting role to Jamal Murray, Aaron Gordon,  Michael Porter Jr., and Nikola ‘The Joker’ Jokic. The one-time Miami standout scored 11.5 points during the regular season. He did so smoothly while shooting 48.3% from the field and 35.8% from three-point range. Brown also averaged 3.4 assists, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game.

‘Lil’ Brown’, however, will purportedly get converted into an unrestrained free agent, according to S. Charania from The Athletic and Stadium. Charania: “Denver Nuggets G/F Bruce Brown Jr. is declining his $6.8 million player option for the 2023-24 season and will become a free agent, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Brown, a key member of the Nuggets title, faces a decision of Denver return in a free agency versus deal elsewhere.”


Brown, who was selected 42nd overall in the 2018 NBA Draft, has also played for the Detroit Pistons and the Brooklyn Nets. The 26-year-old is about to start his sixth NBA season and is most likely to be one of the most sought-after role players in free agency. This summer, the Nuggets will also have eight other free agents in addition to Brown.

Shooting Guard Bruce Brown Jr., Point Guard Ishmael Smith, Power Forward Jeff Green, Center DeAndre Jordan, Center Thomas Bryant, Point Guard Reggie Jackson, Point Guard Collin Gillespie, and Small Forward Jack White. These trends are significant aspects that can influence the future success of the Nuggets as they continue their quest for championship glory.


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