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3 Players the Nuggets Should Target in the NBA Draft

David Kaestle
Denver Nuggets 2020 NBA Draft targets could include Vernon Carey Jr.
Denver Nuggets 2020 NBA Draft targets could include Vernon Carey Jr. / Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
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The Denver Nuggets are one of the most talented and exciting young teams in the NBA. With a core of Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and now Michael Porter Jr., the Nuggets are already set up to be competitive for years to come. However, that's not to say there aren't ways to improve.

With the No. 21 pick in the upcoming 2020 NBA Draft, here are three players the Nuggets could target to improve their team.

1. Nico Mannion, PG, Arizona

Nico Mannion is one of the top point guards in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Nico Mannion is one of the top point guards in the 2020 NBA Draft. / Leon Bennett/Getty Images

While the Nuggets have Jamal Murray at point guard, it's no secret his best trait is his scoring ability. Bringing in a player like Nico Mannion would provide the Nuggets with a true pass-first point guard. Mannion thrives as a facilitator, especially in the open court and transition game, which is a style of play the Nuggets have always flourished with.

2. Vernon Carey, C, Duke

Vernon Carey posts up against Notre Dame.
Vernon Carey posts up against Notre Dame. / Andy Mead/ISI Photos/Getty Images

With Paul Millsap and Mason Plumlee both set to be free agents following this season (whenever that comes), the Nuggets will need some help in the frontcourt. Vernon Carey, was projected to be a top-10 pick, has had his stock dip a bit. He still averaged almost 18 points per game (PPG) at Duke and has excellent size and solid strength. His 1.6 blocks per game have to also be attractive as another potential rim defender. While he doesn't attempt many of them, he did shoot a respectable 38.1 percent from beyond the arc in 2019 as well.

3. Tre Jones, PG, Duke

Tre Jones was Duke's starting point guard.
Tre Jones was Duke's starting point guard. / Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

If Denver wants to go the point guard route, but with a little more experience, they can turn to Carey's college teammate Tre Jones. Jones will almost definitely be available at No. 21, and like Mannion he's an excellent facilitator and true point guard. He also has two years of play under his belt at arguably the best collegiate program in the country, under the nation's best head coach. He might not be the flashiest pick, but Jones could end up being a really productive NBA player in the right situation.


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David Kaestle is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, David also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username davekaestle. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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