2014 NBA Draft: 5 Prospects the Denver Nuggets Must Avoid

5 Prospects the Denver Nuggets Need to Avoid in the 2014 NBA Draft

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The Denver Nuggets, who had a rather disappointing season last year, will be selecting 11th in the 2014 NBA Draft. They should take the "take-the-best-available" approach, but their top need is a wing player who can play defense and facilitate an offense. Here are five prospects who will fail to reach the needs of the Nuggets.

5. F Cleanthony Early

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5. Cleanthony Early

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Early has intriguing upside and scoring ability. This kid can catch fire fast. However, he's too thin, doesn't finish strong and is extremely raw. The Nuggets can't let his offensive game tempt them to reach for Early at No. 11.

4. SG Nik Stauskas

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4. SG Nik Stauskas

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Stauskas is definitely a scoring threat and one of the purest shooters in the game. In the NBA, he will be one-dimensional player. His quickness and speed are not up to par, which is a bad fit with the fast-paced Nuggets.

3. SG James Young

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3. SG James Young

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Young is another intriguing player because of his shooting ability. However, Young's game will take a while to translate to the NBA. His shot selection is poor and he has a lot of growing up to do. It would be best for the Nuggets to pass on Young at No. 11.

2. F Aaron Gordon

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2. F Aaron Gordon

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Gordon's athleticism and defensive mind are things to be admired by any team. The kid can jump out of the building. Unfortunately, he's a tweener and plays a similar game to Kenneth Faried. Nuggets cannot take a player at No. 11 who will only provide redundancy.

1. Zach LaVine

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1. Zach LaVine

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LaVine is an extremely talented combo-guard, but the Nuggets cannot take another shoot-first guard. Rather, they need a guard who can run the offense and look to create shots for his teammates instead of himself. He and Ty Lawson would be a scary combination to guard, but it wouldn't be best for the team.

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