What the national experts predict Denver will do – The Denver Post
Just one more day until the NBA draft and the Nuggets have plenty of options to choose from with their selection.
Here’s a look at what national experts think the Nuggets will do with the No. 22 pick:
SB Nation | Daniel Lewis | Updated Nov. 12
Tyler Bey, F, Colorado
“The Nuggets take the local kid, grabbing a forward who reportedly registered a 43.5” vertical jump in his combine measurements. Bey is an athletic defender whose skills as a rebounder help strengthen one of the Nuggets strengths. He doesn’t have to come in as a shooting threat, and his ability to score around the rim plays well next to Nikola Jokić, Michael Porter Jr., and potentially Jerami Grant. If Grant leaves, Bey can slot in as the forward defender the team needs. He could have a lot of highlight reel plays finishing lobs on a loaded Nuggets team.” See the full mock draft.
ESPN | Jonathan Givony | Updated Nov. 16
Malachi Flynn, G, San Diego State University
“Flynn has moved up draft boards rapidly, as NBA teams have gotten more exposure to him in the workout hot spot of Las Vegas, where he has spent the pre-draft process. That has helped validate the outstanding season he had as one of the best players in college basketball, as well as his fit in today’s NBA as a prolific pick-and-roll player with deep shooting range, strong decision-making and competitiveness defensively.” See the full mock draft (subscription).
USA Today | Scott Gleeson | Updated Nov. 12
Josh Green, G, Arizona
“Green established himself with his 3-point shot and ability to find his spots in half-court sets. He really improved from 3-point range in the final month of the season (13-for-27) and could turn into a solid two-way player.” See the full mock draft.
Bleacher Report | Jonathan Wasserman | Updated Nov. 16
RJ Hampton, G, New Zealand Breakers
“Hampton’s shooting has been a hot topic and key swing skill that he’s been working on with trainer/coach Mike Miller. An improved shot to complement his explosiveness and secondary playmaking could significantly elevate Hampton’s offense and ceiling.” See the full mock draft.
The Athletic | Sam Vecenie | Updated Nov. 16
Zeke Nnaji, F/C, Arizona
“The Nuggets are looking at a variety of big men in this upcoming class as they’re set across the frontcourt forward spots (assuming Jerami Grant re-signs) and have a solid group of guards. The two spots could be 3-and-D wing or big. Nnaji is one guy the Nuggets have certainly kept an eye on, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them go down this pathway.” See the full mock draft (subscription).
Sports Illustrated | Jeremy Woo | Updated Nov. 16
Jalen Smith, C, Maryland
“The Nuggets need depth up front, with Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee hitting free agency and Bol Bol better suited to play as a stretch forward than a center. Smith’s ability to space the floor would give Denver a valuable dimension in the frontcourt, and his shot-blocking skills and limited mobility can be maximized and covered for in their scheme, where he’d presumably spell Nikola Jokic and occasionally share the floor. He could feasibly land as high as the late teens, but much of that will depend on trades. This would be a sensible landing spot for Smith, and he’s unlikely to fall much further than this.” See the full mock draft.
CBS Sports | Gary Parrish | Updated Nov. 12
Isaiah Stewart, C, Washington
“Isaiah Stewart was perhaps the only bright spot in Washington’s disappointing season. He’s an undersized center — but one who figures to be productive thanks to a good motor and intriguing skillset.” See the full mock draft.