The NBA draft is quickly approaching. The lottery will take place in a week from today, and the mock drafts are starting to gain some substance. I have been searching and studying these mock drafts for some time now, and am going to debate the two players who find themselves popping up with the Nuggets name the most. The two players are James Young from Kentucky, and Aaron Gordon from Arizona.
James Young does many good things. His stats last year were 14 points per game, and 4 rebounds. He is incredibly young, and would fit right in with a high-scoring Denver Nuggets team. Young can beat defenders by attacking the rim or with his jump shot. Young will likely be a shooting-guard in the NBA, and his size will give him an advantage over his opponents. During the NCAA Tournament, we saw just how talented this young kid is, and if he is there when the Nuggets are picking, I think they have to take him.
Aaron Gordon is another talented player that the Nuggets could go after. The versatile big-man scored 12 points per game and 8 rebounds. Unlike Young, he would give the Nuggets a much needed boost in the post. He has many moves down low, and can beat defenses with his explosiveness. Gordon will be more of a project, but if the Nuggets roster remains in rebuilding mode maybe this isn’t such a bad pick. Picking Gordon would give the Nuggets a true big-man scorer, and this is a direction I can see them going in.