Facundo Campazzo, to the NBA: his assists show before the news was confirmed and why he will be able to use his favorite number in Denver Nuggets


Argentine Facundo Campazzo faces the basket during Real Madrid’s victory against Fenerbahce of Turkey, for the Euroleague. The Mar del Plata guard will fulfill his dream and will play in the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Credit: Víctor Carretero / Real Madrid

Facundo Campazzo will fulfill his dream and will play in the Denver Nuggets in the NBA. Will have a two-year protected contract and an extra: thanks to a carambola of destiny, the Mar del Plata base you can use your preferred number, 7, with his new team. All thanks to a player movement that finished being resolved in the last hours. The Argentine will have everything to feel comfortable in his new home.

The carambola has a first and last name: Mason Plumlee. The Indiana born pivot was just sent by the Nuggets to Detroit. The Duke University Trained Player was the owner of t-shirt 7. And this year it had changed to 24 as a tribute to the late Kobe Bryant. I had both numbers reserved, so if Campazzo shared a dressing room with Plumlee he would not have been able to wear the 7. But the pivot is gone and the Mar del Plata will wear his favorite number.


Pepsi Center, the stadium where the Denver Nuggets play. It will be Campazzo’s new home in the NBA. Crédito: Shutterstock

Campazzo’s predecessor as “7” for Real Madrid, the Slovenian Luka Doncic, congratulated the Argentine on his arrival in the most important league in the world. He did so by commenting on a tweet in which the hiring of the Mar del Plata by the Nuggets was taken for granted. Now the two friends will be direct rivals, since Doncic is the Dallas Mavericks figure, which also compete in the Nuggets Western Conference.

Luka Doncic’s welcome

The Argentine Basketball Confederation (CABB) also echoed the new milestone in Campazzo’s career and congratulated him by posting on his official Twitter profile. The message included a video with a review of his career, both in Peñarol of Mar del Plata as in the selected.

Away from everything, and oblivious to the negotiations to define their future, Campazzo once again demonstrated his NBA level. It was during the 94-74 of Real Madrid over Fenerbahce, of Turkey, for the tenth round of the Euroleague. A couple of hours before the news of his arrival in the NBA was known, the Argentine gave twelve assists during the 29 minutes he was on court. His roster included 7 points (2-3 in doubles, 1-5 in triples), a rebound and three ball recoveries.


Facundo Campazzo gives a reverse pass during the match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce, from Turkey, for the Euroleague.  The Argentine will play the next two seasons in the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

Facundo Campazzo gives a reverse pass during the match between Real Madrid and Fenerbahce, from Turkey, for the Euroleague. The Argentine will play the next two seasons in the NBA’s Denver Nuggets. Credit: Víctor Carretero / Real Madrid

The dozen decisive passes equals what was done two days ago, against Maccabi Tel Aviv (Whites win 79-63), but is seven of his best record, the unmatched 19 assists during 103-97 against Alba Berlin, from Germany, during the 19-20 edition of the Euroleague, which was not finished.

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