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Denver Nuggets 2012 Draft Preview
By John McMullen, NBA Editor

The Denver Nuggets are a deep and talented bunch that possess much of what you need to win in the NBA with the exception of a solid low-post scoring threat.

The Nuggets love to race out in transition but can bog down in the half-court set. Trading Nene for JaVale McGee, a restricted free agent, upped the club's athleticism and defense but hampered it offensively.

Denver must re-sign McGee and find an offensive compliment inside. The team may not be able to fill that hole immediately at No. 20 but finding a contributor with upside certainly is not. Heck, the Nuggets were able to grab undersized rebounding machine Kenneth Faried with the 22nd selection last year.

A project like St. Bonaventure's Andrew Nicholson or a falling top-tier talent like Jared Sullinger of Ohio State or Baylor's Perry Jones could be feasible.

Players under contract: G: Ty Lawson; G: Arron Afflalo; F: Danilo Gallinari; F: Kenneth Faried; F: Al Harrington; F/C: Chris Andersen; F: Wilson Chandler; G/F: Corey Brewer; C: Timofey Mozgov; C: Kostas Koufos; G: Jordan Hamilton

Free agents: G: Andre Miller; C: JaVale McGee (restricted); G: Rudy Fernandez (restricted)

Recent Draft History: 2011: Kenneth Faried (22) 2010: None 2009: Sergio Lull (34) 2008: None 2007: None

Draft picks: 1st round (20th overall), 2nd round (38th overall, 50th overall)

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