The face when Welsh hit his first NBA three remains a high point of the season.
There’s no real way to tell what Thomas Welsh’s ceiling is. The Nuggets used the 58th pick in the 2018 draft to add Walsh, the 7-foot center from UCLA but Walsh’s accolades are comparable to a first-round pick.
He shot North of 40% from three-point range and was a finalist in his Senior season for the Bruins for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar award, recognizing the top Division-I center.
Welsh has scoring chops and he is a legitimate seven-footer. He’s deceptively strong at 255lb. and is an accomplished shooter (49/40/83) from anywhere on the floor. Like Brandon Goodwin, Walsh is a project with a ton of upside. He’s from a premier NCAA program, he’s a former McDonald’s All-American and he’s just 23 years old.
What will have the greatest impact on Walsh’s opportunity with the Nuggets is how the team decides to move forward with Mason Plumlee . We’ll talk more about Plumdog in another installment but it wouldn’t surprise if the popular, solid player moves on this summer. The Nuggets won’t be able to afford three seven-foot players and Jokic is an obvious lock. If Welsh can blossom in Summer League and camp, Denver would benefit from moving Plumlee off the books.
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