The arrival of the base Facundo Campazzo to Denver nuggets meant for Argentina the possibility of having a national representative in the NBA. But his impact not only stays there, but his colleagues and leaders of the Colorado franchise they took note of his abilities and already praised him at the start of the training sessions leading up to the new season.
As part of the NBA Media Week, both the coaching staff and the players and managers of the Nuggets spoke with the press at the start of the preseason and they highlighted the talent of the Cordoba, who at 29 is ready to show the NBA that he is up to the task.
Tim connelly, President of Operations of the Denver franchise, was one of the first to refer to his arrival before the press: “We’ve had it on our radar for a long time. In fact, our scout Martynas Pocius played with him in Murcia a few years ago. He is probably one of the two best point guards in Europe for three or four years now, internationally decorated, both with Argentina and with Real Madrid“.
“We are really looking for guys with big-time IQ and toughness. I think a guy like @facucampazzo, you’d be hard-pressed to find a guy who has more in those two areas. ” #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/v5bDCrPsPR
– Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) December 2, 2020
Expanding on Campazzo’s potential and what he can bring to the team, Connelly spared no praise: “We are looking for players with a great basketball IQ and a lot of toughness. I think that in the case of Facundo, it is difficult to find a player who has better characteristics than him in those two senses. We have long valued his intensity and his ability to make other players better. He is a player we talked about in the past and who in this market it was sought after by many teams. We felt it was now or never, for Facu and for the Nuggets“.
If it is about talent, Denver has enough. Its two headlights are on Canadian Jamal Murray and Serbian Nikola Jokic. Both also spoke with the press today and referred to the Cordovan.
The first of them was Jokic, who said he was excited to be able to play with Campazzo, in addition to having highlighted the Argentine talent to assist his teammates: “He is an excellent player. I think he was the leader in assists in the Euroleague and also led Real Madrid“.
Likewise, Murray also highlighted the talent of the Argentine: “He’s a great passer, I’ve seen the videos of his best plays“There are just a few who say that Denver could benefit a lot if the coach, Michael Malone, it is decided for putting Campazzo and Murray on the court together, to enhance the offensive power of the Canadian with the assistive talent of the Cordoba.
For now, Facu will continue his acclimatization with the team and prepare for the season, which begins December 22 and that will have the Nuggets as protagonists in the Christmas games, since they will play against the Los Angeles Clippers. Before, on December 12, It will be the team’s first preseason game, against Golden State, and there could be the debut of the base of the Argentine team.