I remember when I was a kid, the Nuggets drafted a center with a flat top hair cut who dominated the game defensively. Dikembe Mutombo would go on to lead the Denver Nuggets to the greatest upset in playoff history over the Seattle Supersonics. The 1994 Denver Nuggets were the first ever number eight seed to beat a number one seed in the playoffs. Dikembe Mutombo was a fan favorite and every kid in Colorado had his jersey. He is probably the greatest center in Nuggets history and still beloved by fans.
Fast forward to the 2013 NBA draft, the best available player is a defensive center with a flat top who could take the Nuggets to the next level. Nerlens Noel a shot blocking monster who could bring star power to Denver. He’s everything you want defensively. The problem is he brings very little offensively and is coming off an ACL injury. But let’s remember that Dikembe never really took over a game offensively. No he would just dominate the paint blocking every shot that came his way while wagging his finger.
Noel was the number one high school recruit. He was suppose to replace Anthony Davis and lead the Kentucky Wildcats to another national championship. Unfortunately he tore his ACL midseason and his stock has been dropping ever since. He went from a lock as the number one pick to scouts questioning just how good he can be. Many people consider this draft class to be amongst the weakest in years. There are rumors daily of teams trying to unload their picks and either get 2014 first rounders or established players. This is a golden opportunity for the Nuggets to use their depth to acquire a star.
So how do the Nuggets get in position to draft Nerlens Noel. Well you base a deal around Javale Mcgee, Jordan Hamilton, and the Nuggets 2014 first round draft pick. Yes I know next year’s draft is loaded, but you’re not going to get a player of Noel’s talent in the late twenties of the draft. Javale Mcgee is an athletic freak but, has never had the hype or potential of Nerlens Noel. Jordan Hamilton is a gym rat full of potential but there are just not enough minutes for him in the Nuggets rotation. Nerlens Noel is worth the risk, plus you don’t have to rush him back because last year’s starter Kosta Koufos is still on the roster.
So come on Nuggets gamble a little bit and take the next Dikembe Mutombo. In a draft very similar to the 1991 draft the Nuggets choice should be Nerlens Noel. They don’t need the high scoring small forward from UNLV. Anthony Bennett is good but he’s no Larry Johnson. The Nuggets should trade up to bring the young defensive center with a flat top to Denver. This is the way Josh Kroenke can show fans he is serious about bringing a championship to Denver.