The Denver Nuggets currently hold the number 11 pick in this June’s NBA Draft. While fans like to dream that a 19-year old kid will be plucked from the college ranks and change the short-term fortunes of the team in an instant, the Nuggets’ front office is taking a more reserved approach to the draft process.
“I think we’re honest with ourselves, the 11th pick on a team that should be in the playoffs generally doesn’t have a huge impact from Day 1,” [Connelly] said. “Very few rookies had any impact this year on playoff teams. As our roster is presently constituted, who knows how we’re going to look after the draft. I think it’s unfair to put too much emphasis on the 11th pick.”
Connelly goes on to say that he’s not putting much stock on the workouts of various prospects, instead focusing on learning more about the players from a character standpoint because the team doesn’t “want to sign or draft jerks.”
He also hinted at the fact that the Nuggets might not hesitate to wheel-and-deal come draft day, indicating the team has a lot of flexibility when it comes to trading the first round pick, working with the $9.8 million trade exception, or moving players on the current roster, many of whom have contracts and reputations that might make them attractive to other teams.
The NBA draft is about a month away, and a lot could happen between now and then. Buckle your seat belts, Nuggets fans. It sounds like we could be in for a wild ride over the next four weeks.