Nuggets select Fournier with 20th pick in draft
June 29, 2012
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets selected French guard Evan Fournier with the 20th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
In the second round, the Nuggets selected Baylor forward Quincy Miller with the 38th pick and Turkish big man Izzet Turkyilmaz with the 50th pick.
The 19-year-old Fournier averaged 14.1 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.3 assists playing for Poiters in France Pro A last season. He was also a member of the French national team at the junior and youth levels.
He averaged 16.9 points for the French U20 team at the 2001 U20 European Championship.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pound Fournier worked out for the Nuggets and was considered one of the top European players in the draft.
Fournier and Turkyilmaz join an organization that already has three foreign-born players on the roster — center Timofey Mozgov (Russia), forward Danilo Gallinari (Italy) and restricted free-agent guard Rudy Fernandez.
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The Nuggets’ backcourt is unsettled because of injury and contract status. Reserve point guard Andre Miller is an unrestricted free agent and has said he wants a chance to start. Fernandez played just 31 games in 2011-12 and missed the last two months of the season after having back surgery.
Wilson Chandler, a forward/guard, missed 13 of the last 14 games and all seven playoff games after having surgery on his ailing hip.
Center JaVale McGee, acquired at the trade deadline for Nene, is also a restricted free agent.
Miller, the Big 12 co-Freshman of the Year, averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 37 games for the Bears. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound Miller had four 20-points games and scored a career-high 29 points against Missouri.
Turkyilmaz a 7-foot-1, 220-pound forward, played last season for Bandirma Banvit in Turkey, where he averaged 9.3 points and 2.0 rebounds. The 22-year old Turkyilmaz also is a member of the Turkish national team.
The three selections make a young roster even more youthful. Denver was one of the youngest teams in the league last season and the second youngest behind Philadelphia to reach the postseason. The starting five at the end of the season averaged 23.6 years. They ranked second in the league with 12 players 26 years old or younger.