The Denver Nuggets have been extremely good during the NBA draft over the past couple of years, snagging names such as Gary Harris, Jamaal Murray, and of course, Nikola Jokic, late into the lottery or even the second round.
But for every gem the Nuggets organization has uncovered in the draft, they made an equal amount of mistakes, specifically in 2013 and 2017.
Denver, for some reason, is great at scouting out All-Star caliber talent in the draft, but occasionally will feel like they need to trade away that talent to Utah of all places and receive garbage in return.
Back in 2013, Denver selected big man Rudy Gobert with the 27th pick in the first round, and during the same night, traded him to the Utah Jazz for cash and a second-round pick. Gobert has since turned into one of the best centers in the NBA defensively, and is consistently in the running for the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Only four years later, the Nuggets picked Donovan Mitchell -- you may have heard of him -- with the 13th pick at the end of the lottery, and promptly traded him to Utah for Trey Lyles and the 24th pick in the same draft, which turned into Tyler Lydon. Mitchell proceeded to blow every other rookie in his class out of the water, and led the Jazz to the second round of the playoffs, coming second to Ben Simmons in the Rookie of the Year race.
So, despite all of their draft wins over the years, which have admittedly formed a pretty strong young core in Denver, the Nuggets roster could be looking like a championship contending one in the near future if they held onto Gobert and Mitchell.