Last season, the Denver Nuggets won their first-ever NBA Title. The Nuggets are looking to repeat again as NBA world champions.
Wait a second! USA track star Noah Lyles does not believe that the Nuggets are the world champions of the NBA. "World champion of what?" Duh! The best basketball players in the world play in the NBA.
All jokes aside, repeating will be difficult because the Nuggets bench took a big hit in free agency with Bruce Brown and Jeff Green signing with other teams. However, Denver made some trades on Draft night and ended up with three new picks.
Round 1, Pick 29: Julian Strawther - F - Gonzaga. 6'7", 205 lbs (15.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 40.8% 3-PT FG%).
Strawther is a smooth shooter that could score off of the bench right away. He will need to add some strength to his frame.
Round 2, Pick 2: Jalen Pickett - G - Penn State. 6'4", 209 lbs (17.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 6.6 apg, 50.8 FG%, 38.1 3-PT FG%).
Pickett is able to score from all over the court. He was able to have a high field goal percentage because he was able to post up opposing guards in the paint. He will have a chance to see some bench time right away.
Round 2, Pick 7: Hunter Tyson - F - Clemson. 6'8", 215 lbs (15.3 ppg, 9.6, 40.5% 3-PT FG%).
Tyson will be able to contribute off of the bench right away as a stretch-four power forward.
Overview: Denver potentially grabbed three guys that should more than likely contribute off of the bench. Pickett is a second-round steal. This type of depth is what the Nuggets need for a repeat title run. Grade: B+.