Mar 31, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson (right) posts up against Ohio State Buckeyes forward Jared Sullinger during the second half in the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men

Should The Nuggets Trade Up In The Draft?

The Denver Nuggets have the 20th pick in the 2012 Draft, a draft that many foresee as the deepest in years. While a quality player may fall to the Nuggets the cream of the crop is definitely at the top.

Players like Anthony Davis, Bradley Beal, Thomas Robinson, Michael Kidd Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes are considered as the top five picks in the draft. Davis is the only one that is considered a franchise player, but the other four still have potential be special in the NBA. Even after the top five, players like Jared Sullinger, Dion Waiters and Jeremy Lamb could be stars at the next level.

The Nuggets have the assets to move up in the draft, with a horde of young and very talented group of players. But will it be more beneficial to trade up? And who do they trade to move up?

Some fans have hinted at trading Danilo Gallinari to acquire a higher pick, but Gallinari still has a lot of potential and is also a part of the Nuggets core. He did struggle in the playoffs, but many tend to forget that the 23-year-old sharpshooter played through injuries down the stretch. He has improved his all-around game, becoming a better defender, leader and scorer. And when he was healthy the Nuggets were at their best.

Wilson Chandler is another trade option and so is Timofey Mozgov. However, would the duo be enough to land a top-10 pick?

No doubt, Denver will need to use its depth to improve its roster, but in such a deep draft this may not be that time. The Nuggets are in a much better position than most teams in the NBA. They have financial flexibility and have a good, young squad. The time will come to make a move, but in this draft it might be better to stay put and see who falls. Last season, Denver snagged Kenneth Faried with the 22nd pick. Imagine what the Nuggets could get in a much deeper draft?

Tags: Anthony Davis Bradley Beal Danilo Gallinari Denver Nuggets Dion Waiters Harrison Barnes Jared Sullinger Jeremy Lamb Kenneth Faried Michael Kidd Gilchrist Thomas Robinson Timofey Mozgov Wilson Chandler

  • OwenMarble

    We probably won’t get anyone nearly as good as Faried at 20 this year, especially considering our biggest gap will be at backup PG–unless Dre sticks with us.  However I’m not sure Dre should even BE our backup PG– he slows our game down, plays horrendous D, costs more than a rook, and takes some of Ty’s confidence away.  I would trade up in the draft for Kendall Marshall- he would bring the pass first wicked assist mentality of Dre, cost less, and take less from Ty.  The Raptors would probably even take WIlson Chandler to swap picks–giving us a pretty damn good shot at Marshall.  
    Assuming *sigh* that Dre DECIDES to stay (he acts as if he’s doing us a favor, when I would contend he is holding us back), our next need is a backup PF with a different body then Faried.  Basically someone built like a brick shithouse that can push everyone around a bit.

    • madness

      I’m sure a lot of Nuggets fans feel that way. I personally like Dre, but I didn’t like what I saw from him last year for half the year. When he was motivated he played great, but he wasn’t always motivated. It’s fair to think that Miller was just trying to improve his stock down the stretch.
      Bring him back? Sure, but at the right price. But if Marshall is there, they definitely should draft him.
      Trading Chandler (and I would probably assume Mozgov) to get that eighth pick would be doable, especially if Denver takes back Jose Manuel Calderon – who could be Miller’s replacement. However, I’m just not sure who the Nuggets would trade up for.