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Can you hear the prospects sing, singing the song of hopeful men, it is the music of the prospects who will never not be pros again.

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The NBA Draft is finally here.

While the NBA watched the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate their championship with a parade, the fans of the other 29 teams began to prepare to watch the NBA Draft tonight. With three first round picks and two second round picks, the Denver Nuggets control about eight percent of the outcome of the draft, the second-highest percentage in the draft behind the Boston Celtics (who have eight picks, three firsts and five seconds).

Stiffs EOC Adam Mares wrote a primer on "Everything you need to know before the NBA Draft," which is a great explainer on the Nuggets needs before the draft tonight.

The Stiffs writers have created player breakdowns and analysis on all of the top players in the draft. Be sure to check it out to learn more about the players the Nuggets might could select.

Stiffs Draft Series

Thon Maker Denzel Valentine Marquese Chriss Jaylen Brown
Dragan Bender Cheick Dialo Furkan Korkmaz Skal Labissiere
DeAndre Bembry Jamal Murray Tyler Ulis Buddy Hield
Malachi Richardson Domantas Sabonis Brice Johnson Deyonta Davis
Brandon Ingram Ben Simmons Henry Ellenson Patrick McCaw

We'll also have a lot of coverage during and after the draft, so be sure to come back to read and share what comes out in the coming days.

Here's my final Stiffs Mock Draft, with team needs and as current as possible in regards to pre-draft trades. There's also this to consider - where other years have seen few trades in the first round, tonight could buck that trend.

Pick Team Player (Name, Position, Team) Notes
1 Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons, PF, LSU
2 LA Lakers Brandon Ingram, SF, Duke
3 Boston Celtics Jamal Murray, G, Kentucky from BRK
4 Phoenix Suns Jaylen Brown, F, Cal
5 Minnesota Timberwolves Kris Dunn, PG, Providence
6 New Orleans Pelicans Buddy Hield, SG, Oklahoma
7 Denver Nuggets Dragan Bender, PF, Israel from NYK
8 Sacramento Kings Wade Baldwin, PG, Vanderbilt
9 Toronto Raptors Henry Ellenson, PF, Marquette from DEN
10 Milwaukee Bucks Denzel Valentine, SG, Michigan State
11 Orlando Magic Skal Labissiere, PF, Kentucky
12 Atlanta Hawks Domantas Sabonis, PF, Gonzaga from UTA
13 Phoenix Suns Marquese Chriss, PF, Washington from WAS
14 Chicago Bulls Dejounte Murray, PG, Washington
15 Denver Nuggets Furkan Korkmaz, SG, Turkey from HOU
16 Boston Celtics Jakob Poeltl, C, Utah from DAL
17 Memphis Grizzlies Malik Beasley, SG, Florida State
18 Detroit Pistons Deyonta Davis, PF, Michigan State
19 Denver Nuggets Timothe Luwawu, SF, France from POR
20 Indiana Pacers Petr Cornelie, PF, France
21 Atlanta Hawks Ante Zizic, C, Croatia
22 Charlotte Hornets Taurean Prince, SF, Baylor
23 Boston Celtics Ivica Zubac, C, Croatia
24 Philadelphia 76ers Juan Hernangomez, PF, Spain from MIA
25 LA Clippers DeAndre Bembry, SF, Saint Joseph's
26 Philadelphia 76ers Demetrius Jackson, PG, Notre Dame from OKC
27 Toronto Raptors Thon Maker, PF, Sudan
28 Phoenix Suns Malachi Richardson, SG, Syracuse from CLE
29 San Antonio Spurs Tyler Ulis, PG, Kentucky
30 Golden State Warriors Cheick Diallo, PF, Kansas

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SAVE THE DATE THURSDAY 6/23
STIFFS NIGHT OUT: 2016 NBA DRAFT

Join your fellow Stiffs as we find out what the Nuggets will do with their THREE first round selections during the 2016 NBA Draft. We will gather at our home bar Jake's Sports & Spirits (3800 Walnut Street) around 5:30pm and Jake's will extend happy hour drink prices for us all draft long. And we'll play Denver Nuggets draft trivia for prizes, including individual game tickets during the 2016-17 season. We hope to see you there!

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