Denver Nuggets: Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft

Denver Nuggets: Updating the Depth Chart Following the Draft

Lawson on Sideline
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I have made no qualms about my feelings for the Denver Nuggets' inauspicious 2014 NBA Draft. However, the addition of Arron Afflalo adds another element to this team that was sorely lacking. And looking at this lineup on paper certainly gives the Nuggets and their fans cause for hope entering next season. Here is the Nuggets' updated depth chart following the draft and the addition of Afflalo.

Point Guard

Ty Lawson
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Point Guard

Ty Lawson
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1. Ty Lawson
2. Nate Robinson
3. Aaron Brooks

The Nuggets basically have three of the same type of point guard. Ty Lawson is clearly the best player on the team, but they could certainly use a change-of-pace guard to replace either Nate Robinson or Aaron Brooks. There really is no point in having all three on the roster.

Shooting Guard

Arron Afflalo
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Shooting Guard

Arron Afflalo
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1. Arron Afflalo
2. Randy Foye
3. Gary Harris

Again, the Nuggets basically have three of the same guy at shooting guard. Bringing Afflalo back was a huge win for this team, but Randy Foye and Gary Harris are essentially redundant pieces, making it unclear how the minutes will be split. The Nuggets could use some more explosiveness at this position, and it is possible we could still see one of these guys moved in a trade before the season.

Small Forward

Danilo Gallinari
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Small Forward

Danilo Gallinari
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1. Danilo Gallinari
2. Wilson Chandler
3. Quincy Miller
4. Jan Vesely

Assuming the Nuggets can stay healthy, and that is a big assumption, this is one of their stronger positions. Getting Gallinari back after missing the last season and a half will make an immediate impact. Wilson Chandler is a nice piece coming off the bench. Quincy Miller continues to be a project, but shows flashes of promise. And Jan Vesely is, well, Jan Vesely.

Power Forward

Kenneth Faried
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Power Forward

Kenneth Faried
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1. Kenneth Faried
2. J.J. Hickson
3. Darrell Arthur

Kenneth Faried began to develop into a borderline All-Star over the latter part of last season. It will be exciting to see how much he can continue to grow. J.J. Hickson is one of the best backup forwards in the league, essentially a walking double-double. And Darrell Arthur is a quality role player who can consistently hit the short range jumper and provide some good minutes in relief.

Center

Timofey Mozgov
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Center

Timofey Mozgov
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1. Timofey Mozgov
2. Javale McGee
3. Jusuf Nurkic

This is a Wild Card position for the Nuggets. Mozgov had a breakout season and showed that he could be a foundational piece. McGee is coming off a season-ending injury; he is clearly one of the most athletic players in the league for his size, but his inconsistency is infuriating. Jusuf Nurkic may see some meaningless minutes, assuming he doesn’t get stashed in Europe.

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