What the national experts predict Denver will do – The Denver Post

It’s just eight days away until the NBA draft. So what will the Nuggets do?

There are plenty of options for Denver. Check out The Denver Post’s Mike Singer’s analysis on point guards, shooting guards and small forwards.

Here’s a look at what national experts think the Nuggets will do with the No. 22 pick:


SB Nation | Ricky O’Donnell | Updated Nov. 5

Cole Anthony, G, North Carolina

Cole Anthony #2 of the North ...

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Cole Anthony (2) of the North Carolina Tar Heels drives between Tre Jones (3) and Vernon Carey Jr. (1) of the Duke Blue Devils during the second half of their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 07, 2020 in Durham, North Carolina. Duke won 89-76.

“Anthony deserves to go much higher than this based on his talent and pedigree, but some rough circumstances around his freshman season at UNC could push him down the board. A consensus top-3 recruit out of high school, Anthony found himself needing to carry the load for a Tar Heels team that lost so much talent to the NBA and graduation from the year before. Then he tore his meniscus around Thanksgiving and struggled to regain his explosiveness and efficiency. Anthony has clear skills as an off-the-dribble shot-maker, but his rim attacking and ability to read the floor didn’t quite match the hype. His range likely starts at the end of the lottery, but falling to a talented team like Denver might ultimately be the best thing for his long-term development.” See the full mock draft.


Yahoo Sports | Krysten Peek | Updated Nov. 5

Desmond Bane, G, TCU

Desmond Bane #1 of the TCU ...

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Desmond Bane (1) of the TCU Horned Frogs drives against Tevin Mack (13) of the Clemson Tigers during the MGM Resorts Main Event basketball tournament at T-Mobile Arena on Nov. 24, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nev. The Tigers defeated the Horned Frogs 62-60 in overtime.

“A few NBA scouts have told Yahoo Sports they’ve been impressed with TCU guard Desmond Bane, and he is now rising as a projected first-round pick. Bane played four years for the Horned Frogs and averaged 16.6 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, shooting 44.2 percent from the 3-point line last season.” See the full mock draft.


USA Today | Scott Gleeson, Jeff Zillgitt and Mark Medina | Updated Oct. 29

Josh Green, G, Arizona

Josh Green #0 of the Arizona ...

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Josh Green of the Arizona Wildcats handles the ball during the first half of the NCAA men’s basketball game against the Utah Utes at McKale Center on Jan. 16, 2020 in Tucson, Ariz.

“Green played alongside other talented freshmen at Arizona and 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. 4

Tyrese Maxey, SG, Kentucky

Tyrese Maxey #3 of the Kentucky ...

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Tyrese Maxey (3) of the Kentucky Wildcats drives to the basket during the first half of the game against the Auburn Tigers at Auburn Arena on Feb. 1, 2020 in Auburn, Ala.

“Teams sound split on Maxey, with some buying his scoring and believing his shooting is sharper than the numbers suggest. Skeptics question his shot mechanics and playmaking for a 6’3″, below-the-rim guard. The Nuggets have a history of buying low and not overreacting to stats or predraft developments.” See the full mock draft.


CBS Sports | Colin Ward-Henninger | Updated Nov. 5

Robert Woodard II, SG, Mississippi State

Robert Woodard #12 of the Mississippi ...

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Robert Woodard of the Mississippi State Bulldogs dunks the ball against the Liberty Flames during their game in the First Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 22, 2019 in San Jose, Calif.

“The Nuggets are in need of wing depth, and Woodard should be a stout defender from his first minute on the court with his sturdy frame. If his 3-point shooting as a sophomore at Mississippi State wasn’t a mirage, he could be a steal at this point in the draft.” See the full mock draft.

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