Chris Douglas-Roberts, Ty Lawson, and Roy Hibbert rounded out the first edition of Lucky No. 20. Who will it be this time?
Here's a list of possible contributors that can help the Nuggets:
1. Jason Thompson: 6'10" SF/PF/C 245 lbs, Rider
2007-08 Numbers: 20.4 PPG, 12.7 RPG, 2.7 BPG, 1.1 SPG, 32.4 3PT Shooting
Jason Thompson seems to be the most dominating on paper in this draft beside Michael Beasley. Jason has excellent speed which will help him drive past slower power forwards and centers.
Thompson had 24 doubles on the season with 11 of them over 25 points or 15 rebounds. Jason's numbers are extremely impressive which leads me to think he could provide major help to the Nuggets.
Jason's versatility in almost all aspects of the game would help Denver's core numbers in areas such as rebounding, shot blocking, post scoring, and defense.
But what he gains with speed he gives up in weight. Thompson will have to gain 10-15 pounds for the PF position and 20-25 pounds to play center.
Also, with little competition in the Metro Atlantic Conference, he could just be the big fish in a small pond. His free throw shooting also substantially declined from 72.1 percent in 2006-07 to 58.4 percent in 2007-08.
2. Donte Greene: 6'10" SF/PF 225 lbs, Syracuse
2007-08 Numbers: 17.7 PPG, 1.6 BPG, 1.3 SPG, 34.5 percent 3PT Shooting
Greene is athletic, long, quick, agile, and strong—the perfect ingredients for a dangerous forward at the next level.
Donte though has the tendency to heavily rely on three point shooting when all else fails. He will also work too hard against defenders, wasting his stamina.
Donte Greene would be a nice addition to the Nuggets squad because of his athleticism and his length.
He has bursts of energy, where at a random period during a game, he looks to be able to play at wing.
He will have to learn how to control that sudden energy, and focus in order to store it for later on in the game.
3. Robin Lopez: 7'0" C 255 lbs, Stanford
2007-08 Numbers: 10.2 PPG, 5.7 RPG, 2.6 BPG
One half of the "Twin Towers" along with brother Brook, Robin Lopez provided the Cardinals with 40 minutes of intensity during his two year stay.
Lopez, at times can make an impact on the game with his much envied hustle and his ability to create second chance shots by effortlessly snatching offensive rebounds.
Robin is extremely limited offensively and heavily relies on teammates to spoon feed him the ball.
I believe that Donte Greene would be the best fit for the Nuggets, based on how he affected games during his time with the Orange.
I'm not completely convinced about Jason Thompson, though I would like to see him more in action against tougher competition. Overall, I would welcome Thompson in Denver if other favorites are no longer attainable.
I heavily dispute that the Nuggets will select Robin Lopez simply because Denver already has several big men on their team with a similar play style—Nene and Steven Hunter.
The 2008 NBA Draft is June 26.
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