14 Days of Mocking: #14 Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets have the 14thpick which literally means they are the best team to not make the playoffs. They’re in No Man’s Land, where a team is too bad to make the playoffs but too good to get the number one pick. This is possibly the worst place a franchise could be in unless you are the 2011-2012 Charlotte Bobcats, who had absolutely no hope.

 

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via- The Athletic

With the 14thpick in the 2018 NBA draft, The Denver Nuggets select…

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, or as I call him, SGA. (It’s much faster to say and type.) SGA is a Canadian-born Kentucky point guard who is 6’6 with a 7’0 wingspan. He adds length and has a solid basketball IQ for a rookie. He shows potential to be a league leader in assists, especially with the scorers around him in Denver, and he has the length to become a first-team all-defense selection.

Comparison: Shaun Livingston

I know, Shaun Livingston an unexpected (and maybe odd) comp for SGA. However, he’s only one inch taller and had a similar play style to SGA, before injuries caught up to him. Even though Livingston was never an elite on-ball defender, his smarts made up for it. He and SGA both show great control when driving to the basketball and finishing. Of course, Livingston is known for his mid-range jumper and SGA does not have a jumper. This is something that can definitely improve down the road.

SGA does not need to be a number one scoring option on a team, and he never will be. He will be a solid playmaker and leader on the next level. He already is one of the best passers in this class and can certainly rack up a ton of assists with a bunch of deadly scorers in the Nuggets offense. Denver could simply let Jamal Murray run more of a shooting guard role and allow SGA to be the primary or secondary ball handler on the team.

 

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