Denver Nuggets Select Hunter Tyson With 37th Overall Pick In 2023 NBA Draft


The Denver Nuggets continue to bolster three-point shooting at the forward position by selecting Hunter Tyston out of Clemson University with pick #37 in the second round of the 2023 NBA Draft.

Tyson spent all five seasons of his college career at Clemson and was selected to the All-ACC Team (Atlantic Coast Conference) in his final year. He averaged 15.3 points and 9.6 rebounds and record the eleventh-most double-doubles in the nation with 16 in total. He was a particularly efficient scorer from all areas of the floor, shooting 40.8 percent from behind the arc, 57.8 percent from two-point range, 47.9 percent overall, and 83.8 percent from the charity stripe.

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Nuggets’ general manager Calvin Booth was busy leading up to draft night. First, he and his front office made an ultra-rare trade during the NBA Finals and acquired the 37th overall pick in the 2023 draft, a 2024 first-round pick, and a 2024 second-round pick from the Oklahoma City Thunder for Denver’s 2029 first-round pick.

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Denver then made a secondary deal and used that 2024 first-rounder from Oklahoma City and their own second-round pick at #40 to acquire the 29th and 32nd overall picks from the Indiana Pacers.

Denver Nuggets select Clemson forward Hunter Tyson with the 37th pick in 2023  NBA Draft - Mile High Sports

Both deals were done to maximize Denver’s title window with Nikola Jokić and Jamal Murray by infusing the roster with young talent. Tyson projects as a gap-filler filler next to the stars because of his ability to space the floor and attack the glass as a forceful rebounder.

As a 40.8 percent shooter with a 6’8 stature, Tyson is precisely the type of player that can thrive in the NBA by shooting over the top of his matchups. He can generate three-point looks in a variety of ways outside of catching and shooting, relocating along the perimeter for movement three-pointers, or by setting screens and slipping into open threes out of pick-and-rolls.

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Defensively, Tyson’s calling card is without a doubt his rebounding. He’s been described by experts as a smart defender that used his time at Clemson to develop a strong feel for defensive rotations. That’ll assuredly fit in Michael Malone’s defensive scheme, which alternates between multiple coverages depending upon the opponent, particularly in the postseason.

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Tyson will almost immediately stretch defenses as a 6’8 stretch-four with a quick shooting stroke and high release point. Next to Jokić and Murray’s lethal two-man game, and alongside proven shooters like Michael Porter Jr. and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Tyson could thrive in a simplified role where he spaces the floor and crashes the glass.

To get a better feel for his game, here are Tyson’s highlights from the ACC Network.

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