When you're a playoff team with an immense level of talent and one pressing need to get you over the hump, you'd have to figure that at least one of your three draft picks would address that void. If you're the Denver Nuggets, however, conventional wisdom is something you simply don't believe in.
Here's a look at what can be called nothing but a questionable draft.
First Round, Pick 20: Evan Fournier, France
Evan Fournier out of France is a solid NBA prospect in the sense that he has great size for his position and excels in getting to the basket. Considering the Denver Nuggets are a team who needs to improve its half-court attack, which is currently non-existent, this selection makes perfect sense.
When you throw in the fact that Fournier is not nearly quick or powerful enough off of the dribble to succeed at the NBA level with his style of play, you begin to question the pick. When you consider that Fournier may not arrive in Denver for another year or two, as he potentially remains overseas, you realize how much of a wasted opportunity this truly was.
With sharpshooters such as John Jenkins and Doron Lamb, as well as Jared Cunningham, who plays Fournier's style but better, you have to wonder what the Nuggets were thinking. Maybe in two years we'll know.
Pick Grade: C+
Second Round, Pick 38: Quincy Miller, Baylor Bears
To be fair, this was an opportunity that Denver simply couldn't pass on. Some had them taking Quincy Miller with their first-round pick, so the opportunity to land the talented but injury-ridden Baylor star at this point in the draft just couldn't be passed on.
Nevertheless, you have to wonder where Miller fits in. The Nuggets just gave swingman Wilson Chandler a five-year, $37 million contract and are likely to offer a similar deal to Danilo Gallinari, who was the key focus of the Carmelo Anthony trade.
While Miller will bring unlimited upside and unmatched athleticism to the Nuggets roster, he'll also bring on a jam at the 3. Time is of the essence, and the Nuggets may be wasting it here.
Pick Grade: B
Second Round, Pick 50: Izzet Turkyilmaz, Turkey
With their final chance to find a sharpshooter to improve their half-court offense, they pass up on the opportunity to stash yet another player overseas. As Fran Fraschilla kindly put it during Thursday's NBA draft, "He's a big, physical forward...But he might not ever play in the NBA."
Great job, Nuggets.
Pick Grade: F
With an obvious need to sign a half-court scoring option, the Nuggets passed up on any and every opportunity they had. Denver brought in two European players who may not join its roster for the next one or two seasons and further crowded the perimeter, where big money has already been invested.
In the long-term, this may pay off, but as of right now, the Nuggets have set themselves back in a major way.
Short-Term Draft Grade: C-