Denver Nuggets Big Board 2.0

With the NBA Draft now less than a week away, it’s time Roundball Mining Co. unveils it’s top ten prospects, ranked in order, from the one guy fans should be dying to get, to just a flat-out solid prospect. Factors included in determining the player-rankings were mostly size, potential, athleticism and overall skill level. Keep in mind, all the players codified in this post are ones that will likely be available when the Nuggets select at No. 22. You won’t find Bismack Biyombo on this list, because 21 NBA teams are smarter than to pass up on a guy that talented, even if he is 24-years-old. So, without further ado, I give you the official Denver Nuggets Big Board 2.0!

1. Kenneth Faried


Estimated availability: 35 percent

Greatest strength: Rebounding, defense

Concerns: Offensive ability

Best case scenario: Denis Rodman

Followers of this blog know how high we’ve been on Faried since Day 1. His greatest strengths have been the Nuggets most glaring weaknesses for years. A four-year student-athlete, Faried would likely be able to contribute right off the bat and patch up the Nuggets rebounding woes for many seasons to come. Unfortunately for Nuggets fans, Faried’s stock has sky-rocketed over the last few months, and the most illustrious draft analysts (Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony) have him going to the division rival Trailblazers just one pick prior to ours. If Faried does however manage to find his way past the Trailblazers, to put it simply: Nuggets fans should be ecstatic.

2. Jeremy Tyler

Estimated availability: 80 percent

Greatest strength: Athleticism, potential

Concerns: Attitude

Best case scenario: LaMarcus Aldridge

Tyler is undoubtedly a prospect that raises more questions than he does answers. Standing 6-11 with a 7-foot-5 wingspan and incredible athleticism to boot, Tyler is the prototypical franchise center every NBA team dreams of… physically at least. Conversely, what lies between his ears is more of an enigma. But recently, Tyler has shown a revived sense of dedication and professionalism to the game of basketball, which has resulted in many teams considering him in the mid to late-first round. The Nuggets have to be one of these teams, as the chance to land a center as talented as Tyler does not come along that often. Bottom line: I can’t remember the last time somebody with the skill set and physical attributes this kid possesses let an attitude problem totally derail their career. At worse, Tyler is another freakishly talented athlete (a la J.R. Smith and Allen Iverson) that causes George Karl to lose more hair than he already has, while simultaneously helping us reach the 50-win plateau in the process.

3. Nikola Vucevic

Estimated availability: 40 percent

Greatest strength: Size, skill level

Concerns: Athleticism

Best case scenario: Vlade Divac

Vucevic finds his way to No. 3 on Roundball’s Big Board for strictly one reason: his rare combination of size and versatility. His potential is relatively grounded, his athleticism — mundane, but at a legitimate 7-feet with shoes on and a skill set not often paired with his frame, Vucevic is an enticing package. Although other diminutive prospects might offer more production down the road, I continuously find myself coming back to the old aphorism that size matters in the NBA. But what I like most about the idea of having Vucevic on the Nuggets, is the fact that he’d be an excellent contrast to our other bigs. While Nene, Birdman, Mozgov and Koufos thrive relatively close to the basket, Vucevic has the ability to stretch the floor, evident by his 35 percent shot-making ability from downtown last year at USC. Further evidence of his versatility includes his averages of 1.6 assists, 1.4 blocks and PAC 10-leading 10.3 rebounds per game.

4. Marshon Brooks

Estimated availability: 25 percent

Greatest strength: Scoring

Concerns: None

Best case scenario: Joe Johnson with shades of Manu Ginobili

With so much uncertainty surrounding J.R. Smith, and even the slight possibility of Afflalo not returning, shooting guard is an area of need for the Nuggets and Brooks is one of the best in the entire draft. But before you accuse Roundball of placing Brooks at No. 4  solely based on need, realize that (A) he’s one of the fastest risers in this year’s draft, (B) he might very well go down as the best shooting guard in this year’s draft, (C) he’s got an extremely impressive body of work and (D) he’s drawn comparison to Kobe, Jamaal Crawford and Nick Young — all of which have averaged at least 17 points per game for a full season in their NBA careers. Of all the prospects who managed to land a spot on the Nuggets Big Board 2.0, Brooks likely has the best chance of being selected before the 22nd pick, but if he is still available, he’d be hard to pass up on.

5. Charles Jenkins

Estimated availability: 85 percent

Greatest strength: Shooting efficiency

Concerns: Inflated numbers due to level of competition

Best case scenario: Jamaal Crawford meets Rodney Stuckey

There’s a really good chance that by the time the Nuggets select, everyone above our No. 5 ranked player will already be off the board, therefore, this player presents a very real possibility of being drafted by the Nuggets. Jenkins was detailed in Roundball’s most recent Prospecting column in which he received the prestigious honor (*sarcasm*) of being ranked as the No. 1 point guard prospect next in line to replace the disgruntled Raymond Felton. As mentioned there, Jenkins’ strength is his scoring, in which he manages to take advantage of by using a copious amount of different methods. From creating off the dribble, to spotting up outside the arc, to executing the mid-range game with precise accuracy — Jenkins can do it all, and would be a great fit next to Ty Lawson in the two-point guard lineup Karl is seemingly obsessed with.

6. Josh Selby

Estimated availability: 70 percent

Greatest strength: Scoring, athleticism

Concerns: Character

Best case scenario: Monta Ellis

If team needs were totally thrown out of the picture, Selby might very well be atop our big board. In terms of being an NBA athlete, this kid’s got it all: scoring, athleticism, speed, ball handling, etc. There’s really nothing Selby can’t do on the floor. The only problem: We kind of have this guy named… um… I don’t know if you’ve heard of him, but… Ty Lawson, who does everything Selby can but better (almost), and he’s already established himself as an NBA franchise point guard, which isn’t an easy thing to do. The dilemma with the Nuggets is whether or not they want to draft strictly based on the “BPA” (Best Player Available) strategy, or make team needs a priority as well. When you’re drafting outside the lottery this is an extremely tough call to make, as –unlike in the lottery — it’s much harder to distinguish between the guys that offer a tremendous amount of upside and the guys that would be solid additions to your team based on collegiate accomplishments. Nevertheless, Selby looks like one of the very few that has that type of exceptional upside.

7. Tobias Harris

Estimated availability: 40 percent

Greatest strength: Versatility, maturity

Concerns: Athleticism

Best case scenario: Lamar Odom

Of all the players outside Faried, I’d say Tobias Harris is the most likely player destined to be donning a powder blue Nuggets jersey this fall… err.. whenever the 2011-12 NBA season gets underway. It’s been reported that the Nuggets are extremely interested in the utility man out of Tennessee, even going so far as to invite him back for an additional one-on-one workout after his initial visit. Though I’ve admittedly never been the biggest fan of Harris — if only for the simple fact that small forward is the last position we need to be concerning ourselves with (see: Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, Al Harrington) — I’m starting to warm up to the idea of drafting him after repeatedly hearing how impressed scouts are with his game. At only 18 years of age and with a vast amount of growth yet to be had — both physically and skill-wise — the potential of packaging Felton with Chandler, then grooming Harris behind Gallinari seems enticing as any strategy the Nuggets brass could concoct. Will this master plan soon come to fruition? All signs are pointing towards “yes,” but in the end, only time will tell.

8. Iman Shumpert

Estimated availability: 85 percent

Greatest strength: Athleticism, defense

Concerns: Outside shot

Best case scenario: Shannon Brown meets Tony Allen

I can’t, for the life of me, figure out why Shumpert isn’t ranked higher in most mock drafts. Chad Ford doesn’t even have him slated to go in the first round, and only after he had his notoriously impressive showing in Denver did Draft Express move him — although briefly — into the top 20 (since then, they’ve had him going to the Nuggets for quite some time). He’s the best athlete in this draft bar none, he’s one of the best defenders, his versatility is up there with guys like Harris and Leonard, and yet, Shumpert can’t seem to catch a break even while he continues to impress in team workouts. Granted, his shooting and overall shot selection is a bit questionable, but you’d be hard pressed to find another player asked to carry the bulk of his team’s offense who’s shot selection isn’t questionable. My whole deal: Elite athleticism, a penchant to play defense and natural basketball instincts are all things that can’t be taught; shooting on the other hand, simply takes a lot of practice. Just ask Derrick Rose.

9. Reggie Jackson

Estimated availability: 85 percent

Greatest strength: Athleticism (as you can see from above)

Concerns: Knee issues

Best case scenario: Jrue Holiday

Truth be told, Jackson is as solid of a prospect as the Nuggets could possibly hope to get with the No. 22 pick in the Draft. He likely won’t be a home run — rather a solid double — but at 22 could end up being a steal when it’s all said and done. OK, enough with the innuendo. The point is, I like Jackson… a lot. From what I can see he has no fatal flaws, or even weaknesses for that matter, and his game should translate very well to the next level as he’s able to do most everything on the floor, including shoot at an efficient rate from behind the arc. His athleticism is top-notch and when paired with his length (7-foot wingspan), creates an uncanny ability to finish and rebound, for his size, around the rim. It’s been reported that the Celtics have grown very fond of Jackson, but he was considered a consensus selection by the Nuggets for quite some time before getting injured, so don’t rule out the possibility of him playing in the Mile High City next year much to the dismay of Danny Ainge and the rest of the Celtics faithful.

10. Chandler Parsons

Estimated availability: 100 percent

Greatest strength: Versatility

Concerns: Scoring

Best case scenario: Mike Miller

I was torn on who to include for this final spot, as there are many candidates worthy of making the list. JuJuan Johnson, Tyler Honeycutt, Nolan Smith, Justin Harper and Jimmy Butler all received heavy consideration but at the end of the day Parsons was the most intriguing. This isn’t to say that any of the other candidates considered won’t go on to have better NBA careers than Parsons — in fact, there’s a very good chance all of them could — it’s just that, Parsons is probably the one guy I want to see succeed at the next level most (next to Jimmy Butler, who has a pretty amazing personal story). Come on, how awesome would it be to see a 6-10, floppy-haired, beach-boy looking small forward who has the handle of a point guard, come along and actually have a successful career in the NBA in route to posting a handful of triple-doubles along the way? OK, so maybe it wouldn’t be as cool as I’m attempting to make it out to be, but nevertheless, Parsons does have some talent. In his final season at Florida, he won SEC Player of the Year by averaging 11.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game, all while shooting .370 percent from behind the arc and .480 from the field. According to Draft Express, his adjusted stats per 40 minutes rank him top ten amongst NCAA small forwards in rebounding and first overall in assists. But the biggest reason I’m a fan of Parsons: He can play point guard, which means when George Karl decides he wants to run his security blanket two-point guard offense, we’d be able to trot a near 7-footer out there. On second though, this is probably wishful thinking.





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Kalen Deremo

Kalen was born in Durango, CO, in 1988 and graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2013 with a degree in journalism. He's now an itinerant hoping to travel as much as possible before eventually succumbing to the "real world." Aside from writing Kalen likes movies, music, spicy food and the great outdoors. Edward Abbey is his current idol.

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  • Kalen

    Check this out… Right after I posted I headed on over to ESPN Insider and found this from Chad Ford:

    “Shumpert’s athleticism, defense and size are all standing out as well. He’s also been shooting the ball better, a big plus for him. The Knicks and Nuggets are both looking at him.

    Parsons is coming off a terrific workout in Denver where he and E’Twaun Moore sound like they stole the show. Parsons has drawn praise wherever he’s gone. He’s got NBA size and an NBA skill set. If he can prove to teams he has the toughness to make it in the league, he may be a good pick.”

    Not bad for a near-random pick at No. 10 right? I had no idea Parsons had this good of a workout when I posted. Maybe Denver takes interest now? Sounds like he, Shumpert, Moore and Harris have had the most impressive workouts. It’s starting to look like Harris and Shumpert are our most likely candidates.

  • GK4Prez

    There are some nice youtube clips on Moore, it would be pretty cool if the Nuggets could pick up a 2nd round pick and draft him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PWEbiLzwuU&feature=player_embedded

    • Kalen

      Yeah I’m really open to the idea of trying to obtain an early second round pick, then taking a point guard. Goudelock, Moore, Smith and especially Cole outta Cleveland State are all great option. Word around the Blogosphere is that Norris Cole is impressing a lot of people in workouts, with one scout even going so far as to say he’s fourth on his teams board of point guard prospects.

  • GK4Prez

    Moore was also an Academic All American, so I am not sure if he would fit with the Nuggets or not. Scholar athletes and the Nuggets don’t mix, do they?

  • Ricardo

    I think the Nuggets should pick either Jeremy Tyler or Nikola Vucevic because their primary concern right now is size and defense in the post, not scoring.

    • 1ArmedEconomis

      I like him too. He’s being privately coached by Bob Hill this Summer. Just hope he does for Tyler what he did for Robinson.

  • GK4Prez

    I really don’t think size is an issue. The Nuggets have 3 Centers on the team, 4 if you count Nene.

    Mozgov, Birdman, Koufos
    Nene, Kmart???,Harrington
    Gallo, Chandler?, Forbes?
    Afflalo, JR???, Forbes?
    Lawson, Felton?

    I think the Nuggets biggest needs are a combo guard, a wing, or a PF.

    I am beginning to wonder if GK is going to try to transition Gallo to play the 4 spot, for some reason, I am starting to think that he is.

    I know we all want the team to do well and we all have different players from this draft that we like/dislike.

    I like:

    JaJuan Johnson
    Kenneth Faried
    Tobias Harris
    Chandler Parsons
    Charles Jenkins
    Reggie Jackson
    E’Twaun Moore
    Shelvin Mack

    There are other guys I like, but I think they will be long gone by the time the Nuggets pick. But, I do think the Nuggets will get a rotational player at the 22 spot if they stay there.

    I still think it would be great if the Nuggets find a way to pick up a 2nd round pick to draft one of the combo guards.

  • Kalen

    Couple of interesting links:

    First, the Bulls are looking to move up around the Nuggets range to get more of an impact type player. Apparently they’re dangling both the 28 and 30the pick to do this. Anybody think the Nuggets should consider? There’s a good chance guys like Tyler, Jenkins, Parsons, Smith, Honeycutt, etc. could still be around. http://www.iamagm.com/news/2011/06/17/buls.trying.package.their.28.and.30.picks.move.draft

    That said, check out this next link. There’s been rumors circulating like crazy that Reggie Jackson (No. 9 on our Big Board) has received a promise from an unidentified team, and that’s why he’s not planning on working out. Originally it was the Celtics, then I heard it was the Thunder, but now it might be the Blazers. If this is the case, that means Faried has a great chance of dropping to the Nuggets at 22, as the Blazers were largely thought to be his potential landing spot by many prominent “experts.”
    http://www.iamagm.com/news/2011/06/17/reggie.jackson.boston.college.have.first.round.guarantee.blazers

    • Andy

      If the Bulls want to trade two late first round picks for our pick at #22, we should ABSOLUTELY take that deal! In this draft, getting an extra roll of the dice is probably a better bet than any targeted “need” or “best player available.” Besides, seems like both Shumpert and Harris could be available at that range.

      • Kalen

        I’d definitely consider that too Andy. My only fear would be that some of our most highly ranked guys would be gone by then. I would hate to see us trade down only for Tyler to be gone a few picks before we select, which is kind of why I want us to keep No. 22, then obtain an additional pick a little bit further on down the line.

  • GreenNugZ

    What kind of “air” does George Karl have and how would Tyler make the coach lose his verticle?

    What does “ability to floor” mean? That a guy can dive on the hardwood well? How does that help a team?

    The Nuggets need some scoring help so drafting a big center wouldn’t help there with #2 or #3. I’m glad the front office wont be using this big board. In the playoffs Denver showed a lack of clutch scoring so I’d be happy to see the team add some potential in that department with a SF, SG or worst case PG.

    Oh, and I’m not sure Denver can package Wilson Chandler wherever they want as he’s a restricted free agent.

    • Kalen

      My bad on the editing. Something like what you pointed out won’t usually slip, but I was having computer issues when I posted this (had to re-write half of it) and by the time it was finally completed I only edited the parts that had been erased.

      As for the Board in general, the Nuggets averaged the most points per game last season in the entire NBA, so I’m sure why you think scoring is such a pressing need. Even so, more than half of the players mentioned in this post have scoring, in some fashion, as their primary strength or a strong-point of their game. Drafting a “clutch” player is much easier said than done, as nine times out of 10 these are found near the very top of the Lottery (i.e. they’re future stars) and don’t possess this skill innately. Clutchness, more or less, evolves out of years of experience, expanding maturity and hard work, and even then largely depends on your ability to create your own shot, which at 22, is hard to find. To land this type of player where the Nuggets are selecting takes the right draft, perfect scenario and of course a lot of luck.

      You say you’re happy Nuggets management won’t be looking at this board for advice, and quite frankly, so am I. Though I love to speculate, research and try to gather all the information I can in order to predict whom the Nuggets might select, I simply don’t have the tools, information and knowledge that a NBA franchise GMs do that allows them to make the most accurate decisions possible. But I do know this: Nene and K-Mart — our two starting bigs for the last three years or so — are both free agents. Though as fans we love to assume they love Denver as much as us, there’s really no telling just what might happen once free agency hits. Nothing is set in stone in terms of our front-court and that should scare the crap out of Nuggets fans considering Birdman, Mozgov and Koufos are the only guys under contract. Though all three played great last year in the minutes provided, we simply can’t realistically expect any of them to carry us through an 82-game season alone, unless of course our goal is to land in the Lottery. You mention PG, SG and SF as positions you’d like to see addressed with “clutchness” in mind, but we already have three young, developing, and most importantly, proven, starters for those positions who will drastically improve over the summer. Obviously you seem dissatisfied with the players we’ve taken a liking to, so please, offer up a list of players you’d like to see selected. We’re all ears.

      I too am not totally sure about the limitations regarding Chandler’s status. But here’s the deal: Whatever team he is on is either going to re-sign him, match a contract offer or let him take his qualifying offer; nobody is just going to let him walk. Therefore, it makes it seem as though his incumbent team still owns him in a certain way, but because he is technically a free agent, you’re also led to believe that eliminates the possibility of him being traded. I would think the “restricted” clause still binds him to whichever team he’s on, but again, that’s just a feeling.

      • Kalen

        * Meant to say, “I’m NOT sure.” Definitely not earning myself any points here with the editing.

      • GreenNugZ

        @Kalen

        Your big board for the most part has the guys the Nuggets are targeting. I was just saying I hope they are not looking at #2 or #3 because we don’t need another center. If Tyler can play power forward he might be worth a gamble.

        And you overstated what I meant by clutch scoring. At #22 while you might not find a superstar who is drooled over by the media, you might find a guy who will develop. Like Manu Ginobili did and many other later picks. I’d like to see the Nuggets get their hands on Brooks, Shumpert, or Jackson over the big doofus from USC.

        The Nuggets might have been high scoring LAST SEASON, but J.R., K-Mart, Afflalo, Nene, Chandler and maybe Felton might be gone. So who in the f**k is going to score? We need to get some scoring and some bench scoring guys who have the potential to develop some offensive power to help ease the bench scoring once Smith is gone.

  • http://bigleaguewiffleball.com/ Jon L.

    I like the possibility of Brooks being good as Joe Johnson, but is that really a possibility?

    • Kalen

      Not really, haha. I mean, it’s possible because anything is really possible. But it’s definitely not that likely.

  • Kevin

    If Tyler can play PF and center, I think he might be worth the risk.

  • Michael

    In response to GreenNugz… I think you are going a bit over the top saying all those players may be gone and who is going to score.

    Afflalo has said he loves Denver and Denver love his game. The Nuggets are making signing him a priority along with signing Nene, although Nene has expressed some interest in leaving due to feeling not valued whilst the Carmello trade was playing out.

    K-mart was lucky to get double digits a game in rebounding or points last season. Mozgov and Koufos are both younger, taller, more athletic and have much better outside shots than Martin and proved that they can get into double digits for points if given similar minutes to Martin. However their defense is not as solid as Martins and his toughness is something that will be sorely missed if he doesn’t return, which looks likely.

    JR is a verified weapon! However not always gunning for good, sometimes shooting the Nuggets in the foot. He has improved his shot selection and defense over the last two seasons however he still has lapses and for someone that has been in the league as long as he has (even though he is still young) you would expect more from him. This is most likely why GK has so many issues with JR, because he can be brilliant one game and sub-par the next. GK is known for not liking rookies and JR acts like one as more than a 6 year vet.
    I, like most other Nuggets fans, love to see JR lighting it up but unfortunately I think for JR’s sake it may be best if he does move on and I don’t think GK will be trying to persuade JR or management to keep him around.

    Gallo will be getting a lot of minutes and GK has already said that he expects a boost in his production. This means that he is most likely going to be the focus of the offense and I’d expect him to average around 18 points or more a game.

    Ty made huge strides at the end of last season and finally started being more aggressive and looking more to score. This makes him (and the team) a lot more dangerous. With solid shooters like Gallo and AA that can knock down the outside shot and inside guys that can catch a quick pass and make a quick move to the basket like Mozzy, Nene (if he returns) and Koufos, teams will have trouble matching Ty’s speed and then covering all the options. Ty’s shot is also looking good (see the 9 three’s in a row) now that his confidence is there.

    Gary Forbes is a player I really liked last year. He showed flashes of being a very solid player but as a lot of Nuggets reserves under GK, his playing time was very inconsistent. He showed he can run the floor (although he didn’t finish as strongly as I’d like on a few occasions) and he can knock down the outside jumper.

    Al Harrington is still under contract and could be possible trade bait, however I don’t know who would want to take him on, he wasn’t exactly a stand out last season. However Al did have off-season injuries last year and he came in very out of shape and never really seemed to get full game fitness. Hopefully Steve Hess can work his magic and Al gets motivated to come in next season and be a consistent bench scoring threat.

    What I’d really like to see, is a return to the early days of GK in Denver. Does anyone remember when he took over his first season and went on the great run (much like after the trade this season). That stretch, like the last half of this season, showed a more “team” orientated Nuggets with most of the bench players getting involved and continually running and playing all players not just running the standard 8.

    As for the pick…Faried would be a great addition, basically a refreshed K-mart, but I don’t see him getting past the Blazers. I have been very interested in Tyler, he is young, big, athletic and from all reports if he had gone to college he could’ve been a top 10 pick. I know his attitude has been questioned, however I think most of that comes from the way he behaved before going to overseas. The interviews I read of what he has said since he returned and from seeing the attitudes of other players that have sent themselves overseas, have shown that it humbles most players and I think has brought him more down to earth. I’d be happy seeing the Nuggets take him, but I haven’t seen him in any of the Nuggets workouts which leads me to believe they don’t have much interest or faith he’ll be available. If we don’t for a 4-5, I like Shumpert. A big, super athletic guard that plays good D is always nice to have, and I think his shot will come.

    • 1ArmedEconomist

      If Martin and Ely are gone, that leaves Mozgov and Koufos at Center, and Nene and Andersen at PF. As injury prone as our Bigs have been, we will need a 5th Big. Now you can fill the slot with a Free Agent slug, or you can draft Tyler. Bob Hill coached Tyler in Tokyo and has been preparing him for the draft this spring. He says the kid is coachable and is no longer a head case. So, he grew up, and his interviews show that. Physically, you can’t ask for more. Worst case, he makes a nice replacement for Ely; best case, he’s the next Tim Duncan.

      Also remember, GK doesn’t play rookies (Allen, Redd, Lawson), so trading Felton or bringing in proven Free Agents to fill our PG and SG needs makes alot more sense.

    • http://MarcSpearsonTyler 1ArmedEconomist
    • Kalen

      I think we’re in agreement about the scoring. This is how I see it:

      First off, Nene and AAA will almost certainly be back next season. Though there is an outside chance they leave, all signs are pointing towards the opposite. Knowing this, it seems as though we’ll have six to seven guys on the roster who can score 15-plus points per night — Ty, AAA, Nene, Gallo, Harrington, Chandler, Felton — and of course Mozgov, Koufos, Forbes, Birdman, our first-round pick and any free agents we sign will be able to chip in too. Although we don’t have a bona fide All-Star that can give us 25-plus each night, we do have a ton of guys that can give us 10-20, and we saw how affective that was last season. Yes J.R. will be gone, but Ty’s points per game average increase will likely make up for almost all of that. Then when you factor in the likelihood that Nene, AAA, Harrington and Gallo should all see increases, it seems we’ll be alright.

      Agreed on the draft picks too. I watched a Georgia Tech replay game the other day and Shumpert looked really good. His passing was superb and his defense stingy. He’s got as much upside as almost anybody in the draft in my opinion.

  • Slader

    Kalen says: “clutchness, more or less, evolves out of years of experience, expanding maturity and hard work, and even then largely depends on your ability to create your own shot, which at 22, is hard to find.”

    You know where Im going, Kalen. Charles Jenkins is probably THE best in the draft at creating his own shot from anywhere on the court.
    If a combo guard is the need (I agree that it is) we can wait for Shumpert’s outside shot to develop, or for Jackson’s need to blow again; or pick an NBA-ready efficient scorer/distributor like Jenkins.
    Just a thought.

  • Andrew

    Out of all of these guys, the only two that I do not really like are Selby (attitude) and Harris (athleticism). All the rest seem to be worth the risk, though they are all risks, and that is why I am wondering if it is still feasible for the Nuggets to get two first rounders before the draft. If each one of these picks has a fifty percent chance of panning out, then hopefully we improve our odds that at least one will pan out by drafting two! Either way, the Nuggets cannot stand pay this year. As everyone here as stated at some point or another, they need rebounding and post defending help for Nene and K Mart. Once again, is there any chance we could give up Felton, Chandler and a bag of rocks to the Magic for Howard????

    • Kalen

      No, not at all. If the Magic ever do decide to trade Howard, they’ll be able to get a lot more for him than what we could offer. But from what I’ve heard, he’s testing free agency after this season anyways, so it doesn’t really matter.

  • Kalen

    Another couple of links, more Nuggets related:

    No surprise, but we picked up Ty’s fourth year option http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/lawson_option_06_20_2011.html

    Also we extended qualifying offers to Chandler, Forbes and Afflalo http://www.nba.com/nuggets/news/qualifying_offers_06_20_2011.html

  • Duane

    J.R. and K-Mart probably gone for sure. Nuggets would love to move Harrington but that contract is not going to get taken.

    If Denver could get another pick in this draft, I think they should explore the option. Best player available and then a back-up point guard with other pick.