Douggie McNugget we hardly knew thee
Bill Simmons said that it made no sense for the Nuggets to draft you, Douggie, but we were excited anyway. Heck, my buddy Renaud, who prides himself on his ability to keep a certain distance from his fandom actually leaped up from his chair when it was announced that the Nuggets had selected you. You may have been another Danilo Gallinari and the blue and yellow may not necessarily have needed you but boy would you have looked good in a Denver uniform.
Your disarming smile as you donned your crisp new hat and shook Adam Silver’s hand had us all filled with hope for the future. You were Denver’s great white hope.
Mile High Sports President James Merilatt Tweeted this when they called your name:
For Creighton you lead the nation in scoring last year. You were a consensus All-American for the past three years and you played for your Dad which means you’re probably coach-able. Brian Shaw would have loved you. The experience you gained competing in the FIBA under-19 championships probably helped make you NBA ready for the coming season.
But the Nuggets traded your rights to the Bulls for the 16th and 19th pick. We had you for just a fleeting moment. Now we have a 7 footer from Bosnia. Again.
Douggie McNugget we hardly knew thee.