The Denver Nuggets have three first-round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft. However, the latest rumors suggest that the Nuggets are looking to trade up and possibly target the fifth overall pick currently owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The Nuggets have the seventh, 15th and 19th overall picks in this year’s draft. They are looking to build around 2016 All-Rookie selections center Nikola Jokic and point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. The team’s need is at the shooting guard position with Gary Harris as the starter.
Nathan Beighle of Sir Charles in Charge suggested a trade wherein the Nuggets could acquire the fifth overall pick from the Timberwolves. Here is the proposed trade between Denver and Minnesota.
- Nuggets receive the fifth overall pick from Minnesota
- Timberwolves receive the seventh overall pick and 15th overall pick from Denver
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Beighle believes that his trade suggestion is very realistic. The Nuggets could draft Jamal Murray with the fifth overall selection while the Timberwolves will get two more young pieces to their very young and talented team.
Minnesota boasts Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine on their roster as well as complimentary pieces such as Ricky Rubio, Gorgui Dieng and Shabazz Muhammad. They also hired a new head coach in Tom Thibodeau who could point the Timberwolves in the right direction which is the playoffs.
The 2016 NBA Draft is a two-horse race with Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons as the top two prospects. However, there are many options to choose for the next lottery picks with no clear cut best player.
Some of the projected lottery picks after Ingram and Simmons include Dragan Bender, Jaylen Brown, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray, Buddy Hield, Skal Labissiere, Deyonta Davis, Jakob Poetl, Marquese Chriss, Denzel Valentine, Henry Ellenson and Timothe Luwawu.
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