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2014 NBA Draft Preview: Denver Nuggets

Jun 26, 2014, 12:26 AM EDT

Kenneth Faried, Evan Fournier, Aaron Brooks Kenneth Faried, Evan Fournier, Aaron Brooks

Picks: 11, 41, 56

Needs: To get healthy. That won’t happen in the draft, but the Nuggets suffered a large number of injuries in Brian Shaw’s first season. That makes it difficult to evaluate the team, so Denver should probably draft the best prospect available rather than overthinking fit on a roster with so many question marks – especially how the current players fit into Shaw’s system.

Trade possibilities: The Nuggets have downplayed this draft and shopped their pick. If this is posturing, I don’t understand it. Of all teams with only one first rounder, the Nuggets are probably most likely to deal theirs.

Predictions: Denver trades its pick. There’s no clear road for the Nuggets into the stacked Western Conference playoffs, so I’d draft and build for the future. If they trade for a young player or future draft pick, that’d be fine. But if they trade for a veteran, they’re probably aiming the wrong direction.

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  1. cmart0907 - Jun 26, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    They have an excellent starting five. Whoever they draft at #11 will probably be sixth or seventh guy off the bench. I will trade down or trade out for future picks. Denver really don’t need anybody except dodging the injury bug.

    • moseskkim - Jun 26, 2014 at 2:49 AM

      What u smokin? Excellent means cream of the crop or at least really good. What about lawson chandler gallinari manimal hickson screams excellent?

      • denverhoopdreams - Jun 26, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        You didn’t even list what the starting 5 is likely to be Moses. What “are you” smoking? (The quoted area is just so you know how to type it out properly next time)

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