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The Denver Nuggets Superteam If They Kept Every Player They Drafted

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The Denver Nuggets Superteam If They Kept Every Player They Drafted

The Denver Nuggets are one of the more hipster teams to follow in the current NBA. They are technically a small-market franchise, but they have been put on the map by their two young stars, Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray. Their young players give a good outlook on the franchise's future and are undoubtedly great pillars upon which you can build a championship-winning roster.

However, what if someone told you that the Nuggets could be even better right now? That's right. The Nuggets are known as a team with an elite front office, that drafts very well. That much is evident when looking at their roster: Nikola Jokic was drafted in the second round, while Michael Porter Jr. was a late lottery pick. The Nuggets could have been a superteam if they retained some of their draft selections that ended up on other teams. Here, we proceed to bring you the Denver Nuggets superteam, if some of the best players who were ever drafted by Denver returned to the team.

PG - Jamal Murray

(7th Pick - 2016 NBA Draft)

(via DNVR)

(via DNVR)

Jamal Murray has had a stellar regular season averaging 18.5 PPG with 4.8 APG. Essentially, Murray is a great scoring point guard. Murray is athletic but also has a killer handle which goes into a smooth jumper. There were some concerns about his consistency as a scoring option, but the bubble erased any of those doubts. Jamal Murray can be a consistent scorer, including in the clutch, and looks like one of the great point guards of the now and the future.

Assuming Murray can slightly improve his playmaking, he could also be an even more impactful passer. While the Denver Nuggets' best passer is Jokic, Murray is no slouch and can rattle off some dimes. He's a scoring guard but could develop into a full-fledged all-around point guard. Expect to see a jump in scoring for the regular season, and a higher usage rate, suggesting an uptick in assists as well. Jamal Murray has arrived on the NBA stage as a star during the bubble and would be an amazing guard for this superteam.

SG - Donovan Mitchell

(13th Pick - 2017 NBA Draft)

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

The backcourt of Donovan Mitchell and Jamal Murray would be absolutely lethal. They are both dynamic scorers and playmakers, so just imagine them on the same team. Mitchell was originally drafted by the Denver Nuggets as the 13th pick in 2017, only for them to trade him to the Utah Jazz for the 24th pick (Tyler Lydon) and Trey Lyles. Needless to say, neither Lyles nor Lydon has had a massive impact in the league, while Donovan Mitchell looks like an All-Star for years to come.

Donovan Mitchell has become the primary scoring option for the Utah Jazz. While he may not have developed into an elite scorer when sharing the ball with Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray on the Nuggets, it is fun to think about what would happen if this version of Mitchell were to somehow be on the Nuggets.

SF - Carmelo Anthony

(3rd Pick - 2003 NBA Draft)

(via Bleacher Report)

(via Bleacher Report)

The people who started watching the NBA recently might not even know that Carmelo Anthony was ever on the Nuggets. A lot of the spotlight is on his time with the New York Knicks, and for good reason: he was the main star in New York. However, his time with the Denver Nuggets was when he made his name as a scorer. He played with various other stars, like Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson. Carmelo Anthony is a former scoring champion and 10-time All-Star: but he hasn't yet had an opportunity to play under the biggest spotlight during the postseason, and compete for a ring in the Finals.

The current version of Carmelo Anthony is a solid 6th man who impacts the game through his scoring and floor spacing. Any version of Carmelo Anthony back on the Nuggets would be welcome to see, and with this imaginary superteam, Anthony could finally get to the Finals.

PF - Nikola Jokic

(41st Pick - 2014 NBA Draft)

(via CBS Sports)

(via CBS Sports)

Nikola Jokic is the key player for this Nuggets superteam. Jokic's ability to pass for a player of his size is something truly exceptional and it is mesmerizing to watch. There's a reason that Jokic is one of the best NBA players in the world, and touted by GMs to be in the running for MVP. Jokic is probably the best passing big man ever, next to Bill Walton. Jokic is a point guard in a center's body and has taken the Nuggets from a fun team to a real championship contender.

Nikola Jokic's basketball IQ is off the chart, rivaling players like Chris Paul and LeBron James. On this superteam, Jokic's passing would have an even higher impact: all of his teammates would be elite, and he would get even more assists due to the quality of the players on the roster. Simply put, Nikola Jokic with a potential superteam would be unstoppable.

C - Rudy Gobert

(27th Pick - 2013 NBA Draft)

(via Forbes)

(via Forbes)

While the Nuggets have a great record in terms of identifying their talent, Rudy Gobert is one of their biggest blunders. During the 2013 NBA Draft, the Nuggets selected Gobert with the 27th pick but traded him to the Utah Jazz for the 46th pick and cash. Rudy Gobert then proceeded to develop into a 3-time All-NBA selection and a 2-time Defensive Player of the Year. Needless to say, the Utah Jazz saw a steal when it was available, and perhaps the Nuggets regret the trade today.

Rudy Gobert would anchor the defense for this Nuggets superteam. His length allows him to be an elite rim protector, and he even led the league in blocks during the 2016-17 season. Jokic isn't known as a good rim protector: on this team, Gobert would take over the inside defense, while letting Jokic do his thing on the offensive end. With him as an inside presence, it would be very hard for teams to score anything in the interior.


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