As the focus of Nuggets fans rest on the 11th pick of the 2014 NBA draft, it is not as well known that they have two more picks in this draft, the 41st and the 56th. Once the NBA draft gets past the lottery, a lot of people lose interest, but there have been players that have blossomed into great NBA players. Monta Ellis, Kyle Korver, and Paul Millsap have all been late round sleepers. By the time the Nuggets second pick rolls around, they will use it to get the best player available. They have the depth, and once they fill their need of a good shooting guard, they wont necessarily have any needs. These are three of the players that would might be available and would be able to contribute to the team.
Spencer Dinwiddie, SG, Colorado
Dinwiddie looks like he should be playing with Dr. J and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his mustache. He was one of the best players in
the Pac-12 two years ago and played in 16 games this season before tearing his acl. This year was suppose to be a big one for him, but the unfortunate injury will hurt his draft status. In the games that he did play he put up 16.6 points and 4.6 assists against top contenders at Kansas and Oklahoma State. The only concern with Dinwiddie will be if he is able to recover from his acl injury. If he is the same player as he was before, Dinwiddie will be a steal at 41.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, SF, Greece
Antetokounmpo is the little brother of Bucks rookie Giannis Antetokounmpo. Although his brother didn’t put up great numbers this year as Milwaukee posted the leagues worst record, he has great athleticism and potential. Thanasis has that same athleticism and potential. Thanasis came over to the US to play in the NBA d-league, and by doing so he gained the attention of many people in the NBA that are interested in him when the draft day comes. This guy brings the raw talent that needs some work. He will probably still play in the d-league for a couple of years as he develops his game and gains some more basketball IQ, but once he is polished he will do great things. He might even be a rookie sensation like his brother was.
Chane Behanan, PF, Louisville
If the Nuggets decide to get a little risky, they can use their 56th pick to draft Bahanan. I’m still a little sour that he decided to declare for the draft and not to come to Colorado State, but I think he can still do great things. He has championship experience playing for Louisville, and was a McDonald’s high school all-american. He is still raw, and has been out of basketball for a little bit since he was kicked off of the Louisville team. The problem with Behanan isn’t on the court, but in his previous drug use. If he can get past that, he’ll do good things for the Nuggets if they want to take a risk on him.