NBA Draft 2011: 10 Prospects the Denver Nuggets Should Consider at No. 22, No. 7

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NBA Draft 2011: 10 Prospects the Denver Nuggets Should Consider at No. 22, No. 7
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Nuggets' Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations (Right) will have lots of work to do in the next few days with the NBA Draft coming Thrusday.

It's the beginning of summer and, fittingly, the Denver Nuggets have been busy as bees lately.

Monday Chris Tomasson announced the Nuggets made qualifying offers to Arron Afflalo ($2.9 Million), Wilson Chandler ($3.1 M) and Gary Forbes (minimum).

The offers were significant because they signify the Nuggets' intentions to move completely to a young team.

The fact that neither Kenyon Martin nor J.R. Smith were offered deals shouldn't be missed either, as this could be the end of the two veterans' long tenure in Denver. Finally getting K-Mart's long-standing bloated deal off the books will free up a lot of room for the Nuggets to make noise with free agents. Ridding themselves of Smith, a locker room cancer, seems smart with all the youngsters who make up the squad now.

Of course losing long-time small forward starter Carmelo Anthony left a major void, but Danilo Gallinari and Chandler filled in well, and they even played a more rounded game than 'Melo used to with their energetic defense. But whether or not Chandler wants to back up Gallinari, who head coach George Karl loves because of his size and abilities to shoot and get to the hoop, remains to be seen.

If Chandler decides to leave Denver, the Nuggets would have to find a back-up small forward.

If Smith also jets from the Mile High City, the Nuggets would need a back-up two-guard as well (unless they're fully confident Forbes is ready to play more minutes).

If the aging and oft-injured K-Mart is set free (which seems increasingly likely), the Nuggets could move Nene to the power forward position and start center Timofey Mozgov, a player George Karl is high on.

But it would also open up another Nuggets' need at back-up power forward.

While they are burdened by Al Harrington's contract, Denver knows he's not the type of four they need. The Nuggets need a bruiser, a guy who will go after rebounds like his life depends upon it—Harrington is not that guy.

Other Nuggets-related news is popping up as well; Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports said Tuesday, "The Kings are determined to get a frontline point guard, and have also talked with the Denver Nuggets about Raymond Felton."

Felton, who was averaging All-Star numbers in New York before the trade, was relegated to the bench as a backup to second-year point guard Ty Lawson.

Rumors have sprung up that the Kings would trade their No. 7 pick to the Nuggets for Felton and Denver's No. 22 pick, and Karl told Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post that the team was looking to move up in the draft. 

If the Nuggets pull the trigger on that trade, they would likely take a hard look at many players, including Kawhi Leonard, Tristan Thompson, Bismack Biyombo, Jonas Valanciunas and ex-CU Buff Alec Burks.

If Denver stays at No. 22, there are many players they could take who would also fill needs for the Nuggets.

Here's a closer look at who they could take.

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