Denver Nuggets | Last Season: 38-28 (Lost First Round of Playoffs) | Draft Picks: 20, 38, 50
Season Summary: The Nuggets almost gave the Los Angeles Lakers a run for their money in the first round of the playoffs—which was impressive considering the number of under-the-radar stars on their roster. Ty Lawson had the best season of his three-year career and Denver actually led the league in points per game this season (104.1).
Draft Needs: With three picks in this year’s draft, the Nuggets could certainly add a shooting guard to their roster. Arron Afflalo put up decent numbers last season, but most shooting guards should be averaging more than just above 15 points per game.
Pick #20: Evan Fournier | SG/SF | France
Fournier was projected to go mid-to-late first round, and has the tools to be a starting wing player in the NBA. Fournier is still a few years away from that, but he’s versatile and talented so there’s plenty of potential. He, like so many others drafted, needs to get stronger. His outside shot needs improvement as does his rebounding, but Fournier is clearly an NBA talent.
Grade: B –
2012-2013 Outlook: This team will certainly be another playoff contender once again next season and their experience against the Los Angeles Lakers this past season should benefit them from an experience perspective.
Check out all of Rant Sports 2012 NBA Draft Grades from the 1st Round.