In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on BSNDenver.com and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the bottom of this story.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — Guard — Kentucky
NBA Role: Primary ball handler who can play both backcourt spots, secondary offensive option
Player Comparison: Rajon Rondo
What if I told you the best point guard in the draft may slip to the end of the lottery and get selected behind two higher-profile lead ball handlers? Is that something you might be interested in? To borrow an old adage from the show “Entourage,” you should be.
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 19-year-old guard originally from Canada, doesn’t have the star power and jaw-dropping highlight reel of a Trae Young and didn’t play with same power and fire possession to possession as a Collin Sexton in his lone season at Kentucky. But there’s a scenario on the table where Gilgeous-Alexander, because of his feel for the game, elite size and upside, emerges over the next five to 10 years as the best point guard in this year’s draft.