Nuggets wheeling & dealing in NBA Draft, trading #11 pick McDermott & Anthony Randolph for 3 picks

Nugs get center Nurkic & Michigan St. guard Harris

NEW YORK - The Denver Nuggets continue to wheel and deal their way through 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night.

Just minutes after using the number 11 pick to take Creighton forward Doug McDermott -- considered the best shooter in the draft -- the Nuggets traded McDermott along with Denver forward Anthony Randolph to the Chicago Bulls in exchange for the 16th and 19th picks in this draft and the 19th pick in the 2015 draft.

Then, on the Nuggets' behalf, Chicago used the 16th pick to select Jusuf Nurkic, a 6-foot-11, 280-pound center from Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Nuggets are expected to let the 19-year-old Nurkic develop while playing overseas next year.

With the 19th pick, the Bulls selected Gary Harris, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of Michigan State.

"I'm looking forward to it, ready to get there and work [and] earn a position there," Harris said after he was drafted. "Nothing's going to be given to me. [I] feel like it could be a great spot."

Some might question Denver trading the 6-foot-8 McDermott, who won the 2014 Naismith Trophy for Men’s College Player of the Year. He also was chosen as player of the year by both the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and The Associated Press.

McDermott led the nation in scoring last season with a 26.7 average while shooting 52.6 percent from the field. He finished his college career as basketball's fifth-leading scorer.

With the 56th pick, the Nuggets chose Roy Devyn Marble, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from the University of Iowa. A first-team All Big 10 player, Marble ranked fifth in Iowa career scoring.

Earlier in the day, the Nuggets were reunited with Arron Afflalo, picking up the veteran guard from Orlando for guard Evan Fournier and the No. 56 pick in the draft.

Meanwhile, former University of Colorado point guard Spencer Dinwiddie was drafted 38th by the Detroit Pistons.

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