Nuggets 2021 NBA mock draft tracker 2.0: What the national experts predict Denver will do The Denver Post

The NBA draft order was finalized Tuesday with the Detroit Pistons winning the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery.

As for the Nuggets? They’ve been sitting at No. 26, a spot they’ve only selected from once: In 2006 when they picked Auburn center Mamadou N’Diaye. He was with the team for nearly six months — playing zero games — before being traded to the Toronto Raptors.

Hopefully, for Denver’s sake, the second time at No. 26 will be better.

Here’s a look at who national draftniks are thinking will land in Denver.

SB Nation | Ricky O’Donnell | Updated June 22

Joel Ayayi, G, Gonzaga

“Ayayi was the best fourth option in the country playing on a Gonzaga team that started three All-Americans in Suggs, Kispert, and returning center Drew Timme. The 6-foot-5 French guard was a perfect complementary piece playing in such a talented ecosystem, providing spot-up shooting (39 percent from three on 95 attempts) and supplemental playmaking for the second most efficient college basketball offense since 2002. Ayayi isn’t a brilliant creator off the dribble and will have to add muscle to his frame, but it feels like he can be a nice addition to a Denver backcourt that was ravaged by injuries last season.” See the full mock draft.

Bleacher Report | Jonathan Wasserman | Updated June 22

Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois

Wasserman lists Dosunmu as the 47th-best prospect on his NBA draft big board. In April, Rob Goldberg wrote of the Illinois standout: “The 6-foot-4 guard excelled with his ability to attack the basket, but he also set a career high with a 38.6 three-point shooting percentage in 2020-21. The two-way production could help become a key contributor at the next level while getting early minutes in the NBA.” See the full mock draft.

CBS Sports | Kyle Boone | Updated June 23

Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois

“One of the most improved upperclassmen prospects in the class, Ayo Dosunmu took his 3-point percentage from 29.6% to 38.6% while serving as the top option on a team that earned a No. 1 seed. He made significant developmental strides the last year. His scoring, playmaking and selfless style fit on a Denver team that needs backcourt depth to put next to MVP Nikola Jokic.” See the full mock draft.

ESPN | Jonathan Givony | Updated June 22

Ayo Dosunmu, G, Illinois

“Adding quality wing depth should be a priority for the Nuggets, who will likely be without Jamal Murray next season and will see several rotation players enter free agency. Dosunmu was one of the best players in the college game and looks like an easy fit in the NBA game as a versatile 3-and-D guard with strong competitive traits. He can defend multiple positions and has strong role-playing potential operating alongside stars.” See the full mock draft (subscription).

CBS Sports | Gary Parrish | Updated June 23

Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee

“Jaden Springer made above 43% of his 3-point attempts in his one season of college, which is an encouraging stat even if it was on limited attempts. Among the youngest players in this draft, he could develop into an important piece that upgrades Denver’s backcourt.” See the full mock draft. Canada | Kyle Irving | Updated June 23

Jaden Springer, G, Tennessee

“Springer’s calling card is his defence, where he frustrates his opponents with his tough, in-your-face mentality. His energy is contagious on that end of the floor with active hands and quick feet to lock down on the perimeter. Offensively, he showcased a quality 3-point and pull-up jumper with solid playmaking skills that suggests some potential as a combo guard. He attacks the rim aggressively and invites contact once he gets into the paint. Not extremely explosive or athletic and his ball handling needs developing. One of the youngest players in this draft class.” See the full mock draft.

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