By Michael LeDuc @mike_leduc on May 1, 2014
The Denver Nuggets have clear needs that have to be addressed this offseason. They need to add perimeter defense, a playmaker, and depth on the wing at both the small forward and shooting guard positions. Denver is projected to pick around No. 10, so each prospect in this slideshow has a chance of being available at that point in the draft. Here are the five first-round options for the Denver Nuggets.
Saric would fulfill two needs for the Nuggets: playmaking and depth on the wing. Saric is a point forward who can easily run the offense at the three or the four. His passing ability and great instincts make him a special player. He can score inside and his mid-range jumper is coming along.
James Young would fill the whole at shooting guard for the Nuggets. He needs time to develop, but he can score in a variety of ways and his defensive instincts aren't too shabby. Young would stretch the floor and allow Ty Lawson to operate.
Anderson is such a unique prospect that it is difficult to predict how he will do in the league. His size and skillset makes him comparable to a poor man's Penny Hardaway. However, he is a great fit with Denver and would fill three needs for the team. He plays great perimeter defense, is a playmaker and he adds depth at the SF position. However, his lack of athleticism may be a problem on Denver's high-powered offense.
The Nuggets need a playmaker who can run the offense. Lawson is a terrific point guard, but he does not create shots for teammates very well. Ennis can make up for Lawson's weakness. Plus, Ennis is a competitor who can score from beyond the arc and who plays solid defense.
Harris not only plays terrific defense, but he can stretch the floor with his shooting ability. He's an ideal fit for the Nuggets if he is available at No. 10. He would be their starting shooting guard for years to come, plus his game complements Ty Lawson's extremely well. Harris isn't much of a playmaker, but his other skills negate that weakness.
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