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Spanish guard with first-round upside declares for NBA Draft


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Spanish point guard Juan Nunez has decided to enter the 2024 NBA draft, he announced today on social media.

Nunez, who will turn 20 this June, has spent the past two seasons with Ratiopharm Ulm in Germany after beginning his professional career with Real Madrid. According to Basketball Reference, he averaged 10.4 points, 5.8 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 25.9 minutes per game across 14 EuroCup appearances this season, with a .505/.361/.537 shooting line.

Nunez has already built an impressive international resume, having won a Spanish League title with Real Madrid in 2022 and a German League title with Ratiopharm Ulm in 2023. He suited up for the Spanish national team at the 2023 FIBA World Cup, playing regular minutes as Spain’s starting point guard at age 19.

When he tested the draft waters a year ago, Nunez barely cracked the top 60 on ESPN’s big board, but he’s up to No. 26 this time around, making him a potential first-round pick. Presumably, that increases the odds that he’ll remain in the draft this year after withdrawing from the 2023 pool.

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony describes Nunez as an “elite pick-and-roll player with outstanding ball-handling, vision, creativity and overall basketball instincts,” though he cautions that the youngster’s defense is a concern and his jump shot can be streaky.

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