Denver Nuggets draft pick is subject of documentary

Camera crews in France capturing Evan Fournier's journey to the NBA
by Aaron Lopez

The next great French film could be a documentary about a member of the Denver Nuggets.

Film crews have been following 19-year-old Evan Fournier for about two years collecting material for a movie expected to be released later this year. Fournier was drafted 20th overall by the Nuggets in the 2012 NBA Draft.

Fournier said the film will include footage from his early days playing basketball as an 8-year-old in France. He credits his competitive nature to his parents, who were professional judo athletes.

“I just have always been ambitious,” Fournier said. “My parents did judo at the highest level, so they gave me that motivation. I think that’s why I’m very ambitious.”

Fournier spent the past two years playing for Poitiers in the top pro league in France. He averaged 14.1 points and 3.2 assists in more than 26 minutes per game last season and went on to become the only international player taken in the first round of last week’s draft.

Because the Nuggets have such a deep roster, Fournier could stay overseas and play significant minutes next season. His preference, of course, would be to realize his dream of playing in the NBA.

As for the upcoming documentary, Fournier has grown accustomed to the cameras capturing his rise to stardom.

“I’m used to it now,” he said.

If things go well for Fournier and the Nuggets over the next few years, it would provide great material for a sequel.


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