2014 NBA Draft kit (with rumors!)

Well everyone, after weeks of writing, talking, listening and dreaming (a few nights ago I had a dream I was skiing with Marcus Smart and Tyler Ennis — not even kidding, sad as it is) the 2014 NBA Draft is finally upon us. It’s gonna be crazy, and I don’t know what’s gonna happen at this point given everything we’ve heard about the Nuggets, yet we’re certainly prepared here at RMC. But before we dive head first into draft night updates and analysis, I give you one last draft stand complete with an extremely naive big board, some sleepers and of course, rumors!

Big Board for players projected at pick No. 11

1. Jusuf Nurkic: The more I’ve learned about Nurkic, the more fascinated I’ve become. Statistically, he’s one of the top five players in the entire draft — numbers which he registered as a teenager playing against grown men in one of the most competitive basketball leagues in the world. DraftExpress.com has him ranked as the sixth(!) best player in this draft, which I simply can’t overlook.

2. Elfrid Payton: Taking a point guard with Ty Lawson still under contract for a few years may seem asinine, but drafting this high is all about BPA and Payton is just that. His height, athleticism, vision and penchant for playing lock-down defense are some of the most coveted characteristics in today’s NBA. I have a really hard time seeing how this kid even comes close to failing.

3. Gary Harris: I love Harris and will be ebullient if the Nuggets draft him. He’s probably the best fit of anybody we’ve talked about over the last month and still has upside considering how young he is for his class. I know a lot of people see him only as a role player at the next level, but I’m certainly not one. Harris has the DNA to be a Bradley Beal type of player in the NBA, complete with havoc-inducing defensive potential.

4. Dario Saric: His recent contractual revelations certainly taint his stock in my eyes. Though he may be one of the 10 most gifted players in this draft, waiting at least two years for his services is a lot to ask for, especially with the type of talent that will still be on the board when the Nuggets select.

5. Nik Stauskas: This is my dark horse. No, I’m not going out on a ledge in saying that (considering the Nuggets have been linked to him recently) but Stauskas has taken a back seat to so many guys over the last month and I’m not sure he deserves that. His shooting stroke will permit him a long and successful career in the NBA, while his underrated athleticism and IQ could make him a star.

Honorable mention: James Young, Doug McDermott, Tyler Ennis

Big Board for players projected in the second round

1. Damien Inglis: I’ve liked him since Day 1 and apparently so have others, as his stock has steamrolled leading up to the draft. His physical tools, defensive prowess and basketball IQ are off the charts for a projected second rounder.

2. Nikola Jokic: His versatility, touch and vision for a player his size are rare. Despite playing a moderate role in Europe, he’s tested out as one of the more statistically impressive players in the draft.

3. Walter Tavares: He’s huge… really huge. And though he’s a bit old for a second rounder (22), he only started playing ball a few years ago which should give you hope he could improve exponentially in the NBA.

4. Vasilije Micic: He has some of the best pure point-guard skills in the entire draft and his vision is close to elite. He’s also a hard worker who wants to play in the NBA sooner rather than later.

5. Thanasis Antetokounmpo: He’s a project, but one worth taking a shot on in the second round. His athleticism is freakish, as is his defensive potential. If he improves his skills and shooting technique he could be a steal.

Honorable mention: Jahii Carson, Joe Harris, Nick Johnson

Big Board for players projected between the Nuggets’ picks at 11 and 41 — or anywhere, really — who I feel are “sleepers”

1. Spencer Dinwiddie: If the Nuggets trade back in the draft, specifically with the Bulls, this kid should be one of their picks. I highly doubt he’s available at 41.

2. Kyle Anderson: Loved watching him play in college. There’s a spot for him in the NBA, I just don’t know where. I’d love to see him in powder blue and gold.

3. Jordan Adams: Statistically, one of the best. Many feel he’s THE sleeper in the draft. This dude will likely have a good, long career in the NBA.

4. Shabazz Napier: A criminally underrated prospect with elite scoring potential — and a bona fide winner to boot.

5. Mitch McGary: Another player I loved watching in college who has “sleeper” written all over him. He could be Kenneth Faried 2.0.

Rumors

Nuggets discuss trading pick 11 for picks 16 and 19 from the Bulls, according to ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.

Nuggets inquire about trading Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler and pick 11 for Kevin Love, according to multiple outlets.

Nuggets rumored to have made promise to Dario Saric, according to CBSSports.com.

Nuggets would prefer to trade pick 11, according to Matt Moore of CBSSports.com.

Nuggets engaged in talks with the Magic about swapping pick 11 for Arron Afflalo, according to ESPN.com.

Nuggets have affinity for Nik Stauskas and Gary Harris, according to SportsIllustrated.com.

Nuggets fielding myriad calls for pick 11, according to Yahoo!Sports.com’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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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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  • Native Nugget

    First choice: get Love (with a guarantee he’ll resign)
    2nd choice: trade for Afflalo who is a proven commodity and fits a need for depth at the 2.
    3rd choice: Jusif Nurkic

  • Nugman

    If Zach Randolph comes available take him over Love

    • Heisenberg

      Randolph will want (and get) over $10 M per year, for 4 years. Not worth it.

  • Len Nunes

    anybody but Saric, nothing against Saric but the Nugs need a boost now, not two years now

  • albydigei

    Denver scouts came in Italian playoffs to see Alessandro Gentile for our last pick.

  • Cullen

    I really like Nurkic, but we would have to deal one of our big men to give him playing time and justify the pick. I wish it would be McGee, but we aren’t moving that contract… so… but he is easily one of the most fascinating players in the draft. A lot of potential there. Imagine a Nurkic/Mozzy 1-2 punch at the 5.

    It’s also tough to justify Nurkic when there is a higher need at the 2, unless they have confidence that the 2nd round pick could contribute in some meaningful way or acquire a player who could play 2.

  • heykyleinsf

    I’m absolutely fine with Harris.
    Funny how people were worried about us not losing enough to be able to get him a month before the season ended.. now it seems everyone thinks he’s chopped liver. i kind of like Stauskas more, but will be thrilled to get Harris.
    yeah.. there may be more boom potential with some other ideas..
    but I also think there would be far less bust potential with Harris

    Second round..
    Dinwiddie or Tavares would be excellent.

  • Erlingur Grétar Einarsson

    As long as they don’t end up with no picks at the end of the night, I’m happy. This draft is way too loaded to not go for anyone in it. If they trade down for the Bulls’ picks (even if they then trade one of those away), I’m okay with that. There will still be plenty of good players at #16 or #19.

  • Duane Grasmick

    I really want the Nuggets to draft Stauskas…think he could become a Kyle Korver type shooter and he has a high basketball IQ….not concerned about defense because Denver doesn’t play much of it.

  • wij

    Did stocks in LaVine plummet or something? I liked the kid.

    • Furious_Stylez

      LaVine is viewed as a project by most teams. He had impressive workouts, but was the fourth best player on his UCLA team. He’s an “upside guy” and considered a huge reach at 11. In the last few weeks, I haven’t seen him drafted above 16 in anyone’s mock drafts.

      However if the Nuggets trade back to the mid to late teens and he’s on the board, I bet they take him.

  • Trevor

    Thanks Kalen. You and the rest of the RMC staff do a great job with the Draft. Hope the Nuggets hit it big here.

    • http://www.roundballminingcompany.com/ Kalen

      Thanks Trevor. It’s a lot of work but I love it.

  • steve

    i think our board is Nurkic Lavine Harris Stauskas, just not sure which order. I’ve heard Denver is keeping quiet on Lavine but he may be the pick. idk, all rumors tho.

    • Furious_Stylez

      If the rumor is true and Connolly drafts LaVine at 11 with Staukas, Harris, or McDermott still on the board, he should be fired immediately. All three are projected to be better players and contribute sooner than LaVine. The Nuggets need help now and don’t have the luxury of waiting years for someone to develop.

      • steve

        one thing flawed with our thinking is Lavine might have the most upside. It is like taking wiggins over Parker. Yes those guys are sure things and will probably have successful nba careers, but Lavine has westy like potential even though it may take 2-3 years. We have the right coach to get the best out of him so i will be supportive no matter who is pick outside of saric or any overseas that doesnt come over this year.

  • steve

    Nick Bracken ‏@NcBrakn 8m
    From what I’ve read, I would say it’s about 75% likely that the Nuggets will trade the 11th overall pick to move back in the 1st round.

  • steve

    Orlando is finalizing a trade to send guard Arron Afflalo to the Denver Nuggets, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

    • steve

      ahhh crap. just gave up our pick i bet.

      • steve

        Orlando has agreed to send Arron Afflalo to Denver for Evan Fournier and 56th pick in 2014 Draft, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.

        woooo no to pick

        • Furious_Stylez

          This is a F’n great start to draft day. We get a top 12 SG for a average bench player and a pick that wouldn’t have made the team anyway. Great move by Connolly. If he nails the pick tonight, the Nuggets fortunes will be looking up!

          • mike gomez

            arron could still be moved, again remember he was part of the offer to get love

            • Furious_Stylez

              Even better. Afflalo or Love are nice upgrades for the roster. It’s just nice to see the front office be active, especially when they’re making really good/smart trades. It shows they, along with us, were embarrassed by last season and want to prevent it from happening again.

          • gallogallo88

            i loved afflalo when he was here! the question is will he be moved to another trade or we keep him???