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Nuggets: Quick reaction from the NBA draft lottery

Published: May 20, 2014, 6:57 pm, by Paul Klee

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A few minutes ago, while watching the NBA draft lottery with another eternal Nuggets optimist, Mark Kiszla, from here at Coors Field, these thoughts came to mind.

With Cleveland, Milwaukee and Philadelphia as the final choices for the top three picks, I wondered if Jabari Parker, Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid were phoning their agents for a mulligan.

On second though, education is really important to us. Can we have one more year?

When Cleveland jumped ahead to snag the No. 1 overall pick, I wondered if God was making up for decades of crappy teams and crappier weather in Ohio.

Johnny Football AND Jabari Parker in the same month? Sure. Here ya go. But you keep Anthony Bennett.

When the Nuggets were stuck with the No. 11 pick, I hoped — no, prayed — nobody in the organization thought to themselves:

Welp, maybe next year.

There shouldn’t be a lottery watch in Colorado next season. This should be a one-time thing. When healthy, theirs should be a playoff roster, even in the Western Conference, and they can still get a solid reserve at No. 11.

After careful consideration — OK, the 10 minutes that followed the lottery unveiling — here are three prospects to watch before the June 26 draft:

Zach LaVine, Guard, UCLA. (Right now, he’s still my guy at No. 11. And yes, the Nuggets are intrigued.)

Gary Harris, Guard, Michigan State.

Nik Stauskas, Small forward, Michigan.

There will be others who pass through Pepsi Center for their predraft workouts. And that list will/might change. But for now — after the ping-poll balls bounced Cleveland’s way for the second straight year — one thing is clear.

In the paraphrased words of Walter Sobchak: Nothing is rigged, Dude. Noooothing is rigged.

How do we know? Cleveland wins. Again.

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