Link: Mulling Nuggets’ options in June draft

This past week after the Nuggets were granted no mercy by the “Basketball Gods” and failed to move up in the NBA Draft Lottery (as George Karl might deduce), I joined a distinguished panel of Nuggets writers — including fellow Roundball Mining Company contributor, Jordan White — to weigh in on the upcoming draft for The Denver Post. With the 2014 NBA Draft exactly one month from Memorial Day, RMC’s coverage of “All Things Draft Related” will soon kick into high gear. Though more detailed player analysis will follow, this article should serve as a comprehensive beginner’s guide for those wishing to get acclimated with all the Nuggets’ options come June 26. As always, feel free to leave your comments, thoughts and suggestions below.

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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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  • heykyleinsf

    Young, Gordon, Harris, Ennis, LaVine, Saric, Stauskas, Payton, Napier or Smart? Nobody made a prediction but I’m worried that the Sixers take Harris one pick before us. Won’t be the end of the world though.. we’ll still have someone exciting.

    • mike gomez

      the sixer might not get him if they end up with wiggins, but i still see him falling to us. if he doesn’t im really liking lavine, saric because of their potential, but also young because of his length at the guard position

      • heykyleinsf

        so if Cleveland goes Embid.. we’re good. If they go Wiggins.. we worry.

        • mike gomez

          pretty much, even if we don’t get harris, their are alot options, should be interesting draft.

    • steve

      I honestly don’t want harris…his measureables are tiny…he wouldnt be a good fit next to lawson who is also smallish. I’d rather have stauskas than him if we go 2 guard.

      • heykyleinsf

        I would take Stauskas first also.. but wonder if he will be available? I definitely see Stauskas going before Harris.. which means by the time it’s our pick.. he will be gone.
        I pick Harris because we need a SG and at the 11th pick.. he’s our best hope. I think Stauskas is gone before the Sixers at 10 and us at 11. Harris is more likely to be available.. and a balance of what we need and value for the pick. But if Stauskas is there.. Hell yeah.

  • Pickles1731

    I want Gary Harris so bad. He is the next Bradley Beal in my opinion but a better defender. If a guy like that drops to 11 you have to take him!

    • Poz303

      I have not seen enough of Harris to have a strong opinion but if he is the next Bradley Beal, that would be hard to pass up.

  • TedCruzsLostTwin

    Sold on Zach Lavine. Freak athlete and has all the tools to be a stary… he just needs time.

    • heykyleinsf

      on one hand.. I think he’s a gamble..
      On the other .. I am afraid of this team kicking themselves for letting him slip by… I’m torn.. but he’s a sick athlete without a doubt.

      • Daniel Harris

        I feel the same way man.

      • Poz303

        my take is, if we want to move the needle in the draft we need to take the risk. IF, and that is still the debate, LaVine is the player who could become the next all-star, then I would take him. I’d rather swing for the fences and fail than never swing at all (ok, I kinda rehashed a different saying there but you all know what I mean).
        I dont know if LaVine is the palyer with the biggest upside, so far that is who I think it is, but if someone thinks there is another player out there with better upside I would be all for the Nuggets drafting that player. Seems to me Harris, Hood, Stauskas, Young are all future role players.

        • heykyleinsf

          Here’s why I am wary…
          And everyone’s going to hate me for this..
          He could turn out to be another Anthony Randolph.
          Randolph was selected 14th overall by the Warriors..
          Some thought he could be “the steal of the draft”
          of course they play different positions..
          and teams had different reasons for teams to be excited..
          but they both were called “raw” with “tremendous potential”

          I’m excited about Lavine..
          I think he could absolutely be electric..
          like another Russell Westbrook…
          but after Randolph?
          Also wary.
          Just me..
          Curious of anyone’s thoughts about the comparison.

          • Poz303

            I agree. It’s a high risk – High reward pick. But we could get another role player in a Harris, Stauskas, Hood, Young or take a risk and hope LaVine defies the odds and becomes an all-star. If we want to move the needle, you have to take that risk.

  • heykyleinsf

    Seems like pretty good news from the DP from a Connelly interview.
    http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_25845238/nuggets-gm-tim-connelly-talks-draft-injuries-more
    There is absolutely no way to judge Javale at this point.
    He could still be amazing.
    Gallo is 100%.
    The draft coming.. I’ve never been more excited as a fan…
    than what we have going right now.

  • Josh Chin

    I think we swing for the fences with this pick. If we take a guy who doesn’t develop then we get to see how our healthy roster can perform and be a borderline playoff team. But if we get a steal then we can improve and have a promising talent. Taking a good player just adds to our depth of pretty good role players.

    • mike gomez

      what player are you thinks off?? regardless if the pick, we should be ok if everyone come back healthy and back in the playoff hunt

  • Josh Chin

    Also, would Orlando be willing trade their #4 pick for our #11 and Lawson. I cringe as I write this but Denver would have the chance to snag any of the top 3 if they somehow slip, but also have the first pick at the second tier players in the draft. Orlando could move Oladipo to 2 and have back to back picks at 11 and 12. Orlando would have the chance to draft a safe pick like McDermott or Saric and take a gamble with their other pick on someone like Young or LaVine

  • Daniel Harris

    I say go with LaVine at 11 I think he could either be a complete bust or a superstar he has that kind of talent and I really think it’s worth a shot.

    • Poz303

      I tend to agree, I have been on the Stauskas/Harris/Hood wagon but if Aaron Gordon doesnt fall to us (which he most probably wont) I think LaVine is the “swing for the fences” pick. Has the potential to be an all-star or a Gerald Green (becoming productive after a few years in the league)

  • Poz303

    I guess the elephant (question) in the room is “What kind of offense does Brian Shaw want to run?”. All the injuries certainly hurt the Nuggets season, but one consequence that has not been discussed too much is, did Brian Shaw change his offense from a slow triangle style to an uptempo style because of the injuries or because that is what he wants to run next year?
    If he wants to go back to the slow triangle offense, then it may affect who the Nuggets pick in the draft. LaVine would thrive is an uptempo offense but might struggle in a triangle offense.

  • Poz303

    Kalen, I have always looked forward to your analysis of potential draft picks for the Nuggets the past couple of years. Typically our picks have been low to mid 20s. This time our selection is at 11 which presents so much more flexibility and player options. I think you have been pretty spot on with your previous draft articles so enjoy getting your opinion.
    Will you be putting a piece together to let us know what you see in certain draft picks? I like LaVine for his “potential” or ceiling. It’s a very risky pick but does he have the highest ceiling of who will ikely be available at 11? Could it be someone like Capela? If LaVine is the kid with that all-star potential, will he be available at 14?
    I have liked the idea of trading our 11th pick (throw in our 41st and Randolph/Arthur or Hickson) to the Suns for their 14th and 27th. Take LaVine with the 14th (swinging for the fences) and someone like Payne, Payton or Capela at 27.