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Jarred Vanderbilt drafted by the Orlando Magic (quickly traded to Denver)

Were the Nuggets the team that secretly promised Vanderbilt a pick? I’m sure Jarred will be asked soon enough (we’ll update this story), but Vanderbilt will be traded from Orlando to the Denver Nuggets and that’s where he’ll start his NBA career.

“Jarred Vanderbilt, gets injured and plays 14 games for us,” Caliapri said. “Unbelievably strong, active, a pro spirit, a pro motor. Everyone saw it, and then he got hurt again. Everyone saw the difference he makes in a basketball game you can’t count. The analytics people in the NBA went nuts. That’s why when he talked to us and we talked it through, go for it kid. He’s in a great situation, they’re gonna give him time. Couldn’t be more happy for him. I wished I could have coached him longer, but you know what, you gotta be about those kids. And you know what? He’s gonna do great.”

Due to injury, Vanderbilt played only 14 games last season, but in those 14 games, was impressive, averaging a team-high 7.9 rebounds per game. Per 36 minutes, a popular NBA analytic, he averaged 16.6 rebounds. He also proved to be one of the team’s best passers. As a senior at Victory Prep Academy, Vanderbilt averaged 28.5 points, 13.4 rebounds and 8.8 assists a game.

It’s really a shame we didn’t get a full season of Vanderbilt playing for Kentucky. We only had a taste of his energy on the floor but that’s the type of play UK fans love. Offensively he probably would have never been a star, but as a hustle, defensive and rebounding specialist he could have been a SEC First Team. Kenneth Faried is no spring chicken and I see no reason why Vanderbilt can’t be that type of player.

First priority for Vanderbilt will be for him to get healthy. The good news is he won’t be rushed to play by the Nuggests. I won’t pretend to know the extent of Vanderbilt’s injury (hopefully not serious) but he will surely wait until he’s 110 percent to play again. If that means sitting out a year then I look forward to the 2019-2020 Rookie of the Year campaign. Vanderbilt and Jamal Murray working together sounds good to me. They’re two unselfish players that specialize at one area.



Article written by TJ Walker

13 Comments for Jarred Vanderbilt drafted by the Orlando Magic (quickly traded to Denver)

  1. michaelb
    11:26 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Wish it woulda stayed which pick this was . I didn’t get to see the draft

    • Greatcatfan
      12:02 am June 22, 2018 Permalink


  2. JTA
    11:38 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

    Pouting and refusing to play should work out really well in the NBA. Good riddance

    • 4everUKblue
      11:45 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink

      I guess you know him personally? Maybe you should pick another team down the road, we support our players here.

    • Wade
      11:52 pm June 21, 2018 Permalink


    • bigbluebanana
      12:28 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      Never saw him pout, and this refusal to play stuff…what proof do you have other than other angry comments made in frustration on this site by jaded “fans”?

    • UKWildcatNation
      12:59 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      I wish you would say that to his face, but you are just a moron that hides behind the keyboard and talks about things in which you have NO CLUE ABOUT.

    • Randall lee
      5:01 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      He could say it to his face . one kick to the shin. Game over.

    • I disagree with JTA’s assessment, but Randall, that is a funny line even though you are a troll! Haha!

  3. Ridge Runner
    12:21 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

    Kinda odd the Nuggets rolling the injury dice on both Porter & JV. You see teams do this with one but not normally two. Wish them both the best and major high rewards if they both stay healthy.

    • UKWildcatNation
      1:00 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      That’s exactly what I came to see RR. They see the potential. If they give them the time they need to get healthy (which they will) then they could possibly end up with 2 of the best players from this draft!

    • Randall lee
      4:58 am June 22, 2018 Permalink

      If he would of stayed we wouldn’t have the team we have now, so I’m ok with it.

  4. ukcats1776.90
    3:59 pm June 22, 2018 Permalink

    over/under – career games played in NBA – 10