2. Peyton Watson
The 30th overall pick in the 2022 draft is part of the Nuggets rotation this season and playing 15 to 25 minutes per game. Watson is a 6’8 wing who plays stout defense, but his offensive game is a work in progress.
He shot 24.6 percent from 3-point range in the G League last season and is six of 27 so far this year. Watson dished out five assists against the Nets on Dec. 14 but had 20 in his first 23 contests. He has been a massive negative offensively and his ceiling is a question mark.
Every team wants a 6’8 wing who can defend multiple positions. If Watson adds some ball-handling or a 3-point shot, he instantly becomes a rotation piece on any roster. That should be his focus. With his current offensive game, the 21-year-old will likely be axed from Denver’s playoff rotation.
The Nuggets need to trade one of their three young talents to get a significant return. Christian Braun feels locked in, and Julian Strawther has shown some real juice as a rookie. Watson is getting more playing time than Strawther, but his upside is lower. Denver is most likely to move Watson if they can find an upgrade.