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Nuggets, Griz should draft on upside

Updated: May 23, 2012, 3:40 PM ET
By David Thorpe

The Denver Nuggets have a roster loaded with talent, having rallied from a midseason trade in which they moved their franchise center to the Washington Wizards to come within a few points of surviving the first round of the playoffs by pushing the Los Angeles Lakers to six games.

They did it while dealing with a number of injuries to key players. If Denver can retain backup point guard Andre Miller (which is likely), it has no available spots for any first-round pick outside of Anthony Davis. They are high on undrafted point guard Julyan Stone, and last year's first-round pick, Jordan Hamilton, looks like a bona fide scorer who just needs playing time.

As it stands today, there just isn't room on their roster. With the 20th pick this year, Denver can look for young, raw players who need a year or two of seasoning before they'll be ready to play. The Nuggets should target players who ooze upside and talent but for one reason or another will be available at No. 20.

Good fits: Marquis Teague, Tony Wroten Jr.

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