Where Are Denver Nuggets' Top Draft Picks from Past 5 Years Now?

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Where Are Denver Nuggets' Top Draft Picks from Past 5 Years Now?
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The Denver Nuggets haven't had many draft picks in the last five years, but they have scored on several of their first-rounders.

Through the process of losing players like Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith, the Nuggets kept their consistency and haven't missed the playoffs since the 2002-03 season. Some of these picks have contributed to that success.

Considering that the 2013 NBA draft happened just over a month ago, we'll keep rookies off the list. The Nuggets traded the draft rights to No. 27-overall pick Rudy Gobert to the Utah Jazz.

As for the players the Nuggets acquired draft rights to, according to The Washington Post, Erick Green recently signed a one-year deal with the Italian professional team Montepaschi Siena. Joffrey Lauvergne is currently with KK Partizan of the Serbian League.

Since the Nuggets have only made three first-round selections since 2005, picks that were made by other franchises which Denver obtained the draft rights to are eligible. This opens the door for a couple players on the current rostermost notably someone from the 2009 NBA draft.

Even with this criteria, the last time the Nuggets obtained someone on draft night who eventually played a regular-season game for another NBA franchise was Sonny Weems in 2008. The Nuggets acquired the draft rights to Weems at No. 39 overall from the Chicago Bulls. He played two seasons for the Toronto Raptors and is now playing overseas.

The Nuggets have recently assembled their rosters primarily by trading their own draft picks, current players or just signing them through free agency. Still, there are some big-name picks as well.

(Draft information is from RealGM.com)

(Statistics are via NBA.com)

 

 

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