Looking back to the 2009 Draft, the Nuggets somehow, someway, acquired the star point guard of the UNC Tar Heels that won the NCAA Title that year. What's his name? Ty Lawson.That was simply one of the best draft moves I witnessed, and of course it's a great job by Mark Warkentein. Instead of playing for the then-smelly-as-sh** Minnesota T'Wolves, Lawson gets to be mentored by the second-best Nugget PG in history, Chauncey Billups. Fast forward to now, Lawson became the future of the Denver Nuggets after Melo got traded to New York.
But after Lawson was selected, someone who is worthy of a lottery pick was still available AFTER THE FIRST ROUND!!! The Nuggets had the 4th pick in the second round and used that to pick on Sergio Llull. Was Llull that lottery pick player I was talkin' about? NO! That guy was DeJuan Blair, who was happily picked by the San Antonio Spurs 3 spots later. Did that draft mistake matter? Not yet, because not only DeJuan Blair was red flagged for his lack of ACLs on both knees, he was also undersized for a center-forward. The Nuggets were fresh off the WCF defeat to the taller Los Angeles Lakers (remember Pau Gasol, 7'1", torching Kenyon Martin, 6'9", in game 6?), so it makes sense Denver did not lament on not selecting Blair. But now, that draft mistake finally haunted the Nuggets well. According to Basketball-Reference.com, in Blair's career 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds against Denver, he averaged 19 points and 9.7 rebounds in the games the Spurs won by at least 15 points. In those games the Spurs dominated the Nuggets, he was a matchup nightmare in the inside and was punishing the Nuggets bigs for boxing out half-heartedly. These blowout wins by Spurs also happened AT DENVER, so the Nuggets fans can witness how much of a mistake the Nuggets brass made.
But after last season Blair wanted out of San Antonio, mainly because of the addition of Boris Diaw, which made his minutes plummet drastically. This is the chance for Masai Ujiri to pursue Blair. Masai has been looking for potential and all of his front office decisions haven't been bad. Add to the fact that Denver has one of the best development crews, I think it makes sense Blair can redeem his career in the Mile High City.
Why get him?
I just thought of this trade suggestion: http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=8tqublc
Why do this trade? (aside from getting DeJuan Blair)
Acquiring DeJuan Blair is a safe decision because instead of risking some guys (Faried for example) to get a player like Josh Smith, Denver gets a player can has the skills (except athleticism) to have all-star potential.
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