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The Denver Nuggets selected French guard Evan Fournier with the 20th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
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 joins 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.
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.
The selection of Fournier makes 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.
The Nuggets also had two picks in the second round, Nos. 38 and 50.
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The Denver Nuggets' first-round pick, Evan Fournier, says he wants to play for the team in the upcoming season.
Fournier, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound guard from France, was the 20th overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft. The Nuggets drafted him with the idea of having the 19-year-old play one or two more years in Europe, but Fournier said he wants to stay here.
The Denver Nuggets have chosen the French Fournier as their #20 pick which surprised many as many draft experts had Marquis Teague becoming a Nugget. Nevertheless, Fournier — for the time being — is a Denver Nugget. It’s still unknown what Denver will do with him, as they have a full roster include free agents [...]
With the 20th overall pick the Denver Nuggets take Evan Fournier from France. Fournier is still only 19 years old. He can play both the shooting guard and small forward positon. He excels at attacking the rim and he is full of potenial.
THe Nuggets don’t really have any holes on their team right now. This pick should allow Fournier time to develop.
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The Nuggets have been fielding several trade calls on some of their depth of young players.
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Denver, CO – With the 20th pick in the first round, the Denver Nuggets surprised most experts and went overseas, selecting Evan Fournier from France. Fournier is 6’7″, 204 lbs, and won’t be 20 years old until October. Last year, he averaged 14.0 points per game, shot 42% from the field, and 75% from the … Continue reading »