NBA Draft 2012: A Trade the Denver Nuggets Must Make

Daniel DonovanContributor IIIJune 27, 2012

Chandler's days in Denver may be numbered
Chandler's days in Denver may be numberedJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The 2011-12 NBA season is over, and the "Evil Empire" managed to buy the NBA Championship that only the people of Miami and David Stern can get behind. Basketball showed us that baseball isn't the only sport where money buys happiness.

But at least in baseball, there's some parody; in the new NBA, there's none, and only a handful of big-market teams will compete for the title every year.

In my opinion, the new NBA has and will continue to hurt its fan base as long as egomaniacal players like LeBron and D-Wade continue to dictate how it is run and who plays with who. It was a sad end for the majority of NBA fans.

Anyways, I digress.

The end of the season brings a new element to the NBA that is always exciting, although faulty to a tee (lottery still? Really?), the NBA draft.

This year's draft looks to be an exciting one, loaded with top-tier talent and some nice potential steals towards the back end of the first round and throughout the second round.

Which brings us to the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets had another decent season that was plagued by injuries and the inconsistencies expected of a young core that barely had time to practice together. But each year is a new season, and this is the season the Nuggets need to make a move to the next level.

Perpetually spinning their tires in the first round of the playoffs and landing a 20-something pick are no way to build a contender.

Waiters could be a star at number 7
Waiters could be a star at number 7Jim Rogash/Getty Images

Masai Ujiri and Josh Kroenke need to be commended for the unbelievable job they have done over the last two years in getting the most bang for their buck in both the Melo trade and the Nene trade.

Why stop there?

Chris Broussard has said that there are discussions between the Nuggets and Warriors about a swap of Wilson Chandler for the No. 7 pick. Chandler is a hard worker who will eventually become a superb wing defender, and he possesses a smooth stroke.

The problem is, where does he fit on this current roster?

With the No. 7 pick, the Nuggets have what they need most: flexibility. Two picks in the first 20 and four picks overall provide Denver the ability to move up in this draft into the top five—or hang around with the picks they have and take a player like Syracuse guard Dion Waiters or Baylor forward Perry Jones III.

Adding two uber-talented pieces, or one major piece (Harrison Barnes, anybody?), will provide the Nuggets what they've needed all along: the opportunity to land a superstar.

The new NBA is run by stars, and anyone that watched the Nuggets in close games knows that no team has a more glaring need for a clutch player than Denver.

Add this player to a roster with Ty Lawson and re-sign JaVale McGee, and the Nuggets suddenly have a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

Chandler will never put the Nuggets over the top, so why not move him for a piece that might? I feel the obvious answer is staring Ujiri and Kroenke right in the face.

They have done an excellent job so far. Here's guessing they make this move or one like it.