What can the Nuggets do with their second round draft picks?

Tony Parker and Joffrey Lauvergne with the French National team. - Christof Koepsel

With a couple second round picks, we could see the Nuggets take a couple fliers on prospects.

The Nuggets have three draft picks in the upcoming June 26th NBA draft. They have the 11th overall selection, the 41st, and 56th picks. What will the team do with their two second-round picks? Well, if last season is any indication, Tim Connelly and Co. could look to snag a couple prospects and let them season overseas.

Denver acquired two second round picks in the 2013 Draft and used the 46th pick on Erick Green (his story, detailed here) via the Utah Jazz and the 55th pick on Joffrey Lauvergne via the Memphis Grizzlies. With the Nuggets owning two picks in the same areas this season, they might be able to do a few things:

1.) Use both picks and take a couple fliers on guys that, perhaps, International Scout Rafal Juc has been keeping tabs on overseas. This makes some sense as the Nuggets have vast experience in the front office with hoops across the ocean.

2.) Package both picks to try to move up in the second round, if there is a guy the team really likes.

3.) Trade both picks and get out of the second round entirely.

I have a feeling that option one will be the route the Nuggets go. The team has stated, more than a few times, that the draft is where you get better and you can't get better if you sell off your picks. We will see this summer how Green has improved and there has been quite a buzz around Lauvergne, too. We likley won't get to see King Joffrey at Summer League in Las Vegas, as he will likely be preparing with the French National team, but there is hope that the 55th pick could make a case to be in Denver next season with his play on the court.

If you thought finding the right guy at the 11th pick was difficult, just how hard is it to find NBA guys in the second round? Hopefully the formula the Nuggets are using will help them find a couple diamonds in the rough.


X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Denver Stiffs

You must be a member of Denver Stiffs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Denver Stiffs. You should read them.

Join Denver Stiffs

You must be a member of Denver Stiffs to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Denver Stiffs. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker