The Denver Nuggets are generally portrayed as a team without a bonafide superstar but a very deep bench. The NBA draft being held on June 26th is being considered one of the deepest drafts in years. The combination of the Nuggets roster being deep and the NBA draft being deep makes for many interesting scenarios. Every position on the Nuggets roster could use an infusion of youth. The NBA draft has a viable option for every position on the floor. The following are my picks on draft night based on the Nuggets staying at number 11.
Point Guard – - Ty Lawson and Nate Robinson are a great duo. Who’s going to eat up garbage minutes? What if either player gets hurt? As well as Aaron Brooks fit in last season after trade deadline, I do not see the Nuggets trying to re-sign him. There are two point guards making headlines in the NBA draft lottery circle. Only one stands a chance to drop to number 11. Even then it’s a small chance. Ladies and gentlemen, Marcus Smart.
Shooting Guard – - Randy Foye holds the starting job but many fans, myself included, are clamouring for Evan Fournier to take that spot away from him. Of all the positions, shooting guard is where I feel the Nuggets need to upgrade the most. Ladies and gentlemen, Nik Stauskas.
Small Forward – - Danilo Gallinari will take back his starting spot after missing last season due to injury. Wilson Chandler hopes to be healthy enough to fulfill back up minutes behind Gallo. Quincy Miller has shown enough to get his contract guaranteed come opening day of 2014-15 unless he has a horrible pre-season. My pick for small forward happens to double as my back up plan if Stauskas is taken before number 11. Ladies and gentlemen, James Young.
Power Forward – - Kenneth Faried is the incumbent starter. His contract hangs over the head of the Nugget organization as he enters the last year of his rookie scale contract. JJ Hickson looks to return from ACL surgery and back to his natural position after two seasons of predominantly playing center. Darrel Arthur is a great compliment to either Faried or Hickson. Anthony Randolph is here to play the garbage minutes. My feeling is that if the Nuggets draft a power forward, it’s the end of Faried. Ladies and gentlemen, Doug McDermott.
Center – - JaVale McGee will once again be crammed into the starting center position. Will a healthy McGee successfully transform into a reliable post player instead of just a Sportcenter slam dunk highlight machine? Timmy Mozgov flourished under increased minutes and with McGee’s asthma, Mozgov will still likely see plenty of minutes. I can’t see the Nuggets drafting a center because of how adamant the organization has been about McGee’s potential. Ladies and gentlemen, Jusuf Nurkic.