Wednesday , Jun , 22 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets 2005 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – The Denver Nuggets have solid frontcourt in Carmelo
Anthony, Marcus Camby and Kenyon Martin. They also have Andre Miller, who is
an excellent point guard.

Denver, which turned its season around when George Karl took over as head
coach in late January, does need a shooting guard. Earl Boykins teams with
Miller to give the Nuggets a nice duo at the point, but this squad needs an
outside threat who can open up the court for the rest of the team.

Anthony led the team in scoring (20.8 ppg), while Camby was the top rebounder
(10.0 rpg) and Miller led the clubs with 6.9 assists per game. Martin averaged
15.5 points and 7.3 boards in his first season with the Nuggets, who were
eliminated in five games in the first round of the playoffs by San Antonio.

With the 20th and 22nd selections in the first round of the draft, Denver
should be able to find some help. The Nuggets may even explore the possibility
of packaging the picks to move up in the draft. Denver may select a foreign
player that can shoot with one of its picks if it does not make a trade.

France’s Johan Petro and Russia’s Yaroslav Korolev are two foreign players
that may be on Denver’s radar. Providence’s Ryan Gomes could also be a player
that may interest the Nuggets. The Nuggets may also explore the possibility of
selecting a high school player with one of their picks.

Key Player(s): Carmelo Anthony (Forward), Earl Boykins (Guard), Marcus Camby
(Center), Kenyon Martin (Forward), Andre Miller (Guard), Nene

Team Needs: Shooting guard and a scoring forward.

Draft picks: 1st round (20th overall), 1st round (22nd overall), 2nd round
(52nd overall).