The NBA Draft is less than three weeks away. The Nuggets own the 14th pick along with the 43rd and 58th overall selections in the second round.
Last week Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported that Denver could use its first-round selection as a sweetener in a trade to get off of the $13.7 million it owes Kenneth Faried next season. While that scenario is still in play, here’s how BSN Denver sees the first round of the draft going on June 21 if the Nuggets keep their pick.
1. Phoenix Suns
Deandre Ayton – Center – Age 19.8 – 7-foot-1, 243 pounds – Arizona
Stats: 20.1 PPG, 11.6 RPG, 61.2% FG
After spending his last two years of high school and lone college season in Arizona, it seems likely that the Suns will make Ayton the first overall pick next month. Physically, Ayton is one of the more developed big man prospects in recent memory. He’ll immediately be regarded as one of the most athletic front court players in the league and has an inside-outside game to boot. Questions remain about his defense, but Ayton will give the Suns an exciting outlook and solid foundation alongside Devin Booker. – Wind