Western Notes: Nesmith, McMillan, Rockets, Diaz

Small forward isn’t a position of need for the Nuggets but if they go in that direction with their draft pick, Vanderbilt’s Aaron Nesmith or Mississippi State’s Robert Woodard could make sense, Mike Singer of the Denver Post writes. Denver holds the No. 22 pick. Nesmith would have to slip for the Nuggets to snare him at that spot — he’s currently rated at No. 13 overall on ESPN’s best available list, while Woodard is ranked No. 26. Nesmith’s perimeter shooting could compel Denver to attempt to move up in the first round, Singer adds.

We have more from the Western Conference:

  • Jamelle McMillan will not return on the Pelicans’ coaching staff with Stan Van Gundy in charge, Christian Clark and Scott Kushner of the New Orleans Times Picayune report. McMillan has been in the New Orleans organization for eight seasons, though he also had a stint with the Suns. He’s the son of former Pacers coach Nate McMillan, who is reportedly joining the Hawks’ staff.
  • New Rockets GM Rafael Stone hints that he’ll be in the market for a traditional center, ESPN’s Tim MacMahon notes. Stone said he wants a roster with “more optionality” next season, presumably meaning Houston doesn’t want to play small ball on a regular basis. “We’re definitely not going into this offseason saying, ‘We don’t want anyone over 6-7,'” Stone said.
  • With the Clippers preparing to move to a new arena in 2024, the organization has announced several hires who will help with the transition, according to a team press release. Most notably, Alex Diaz has been named Chief Operating Officer. He will primarily oversee the operations planning of Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center and provide operational council for the Clippers, Honey Training Center and the LA Forum, which was acquired earlier this year by team owner Steve Ballmer.
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11 thoughts on “Western Notes: Nesmith, McMillan, Rockets, Diaz

  1. Sillivan

    I have played basketball for 12 years. I know that small ball doesn’t work.

    • Sillivan

      I am 5’10” and 170 pounds.
      There is no way that I can defend 6″10″ and 270-pound players.

    • harden-westbrook-mvps

      I’m sure your basketball knowledge rivals a lot of the GM’s around the NBA.

        • goastros123

          Small ball doesn’t work. They need a big man who is good defensively, can anchor the defense as well as elevate the defensive play of the team when he is on the floor, and can protect the rim.

          • goastros123

            Edit: on 2k in franchise mode, I have tried to make a undersized team theme team so a team of CP3, AI, Elgin or Adrian Dantley, Barkley, and Wes Unseld with Muggsy, Rodman, Ben Wallace, Eddie House, Tony Allen, and Dana Barios on the bench would be interesting to see.

  2. Dunkinstompin

    The Rockets should bring back Nene or Tarick Black and maybe they’ll have a chance at winning a chip.

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