Thursday , Jun , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Denver Nuggets 2006 Draft Preview

(Sports Network) – Denver finished 44-38 and captured the Northwest Divison
crown in the 2005-06 campaign. Even though the Nuggets were the third seed in
the Western Conference playoffs, they did not have the home-court advantage
and were eliminated in five games by the Los Angeles Clippers, who won 47
games during the regular season, in the opening round of the playoffs.

The Nuggets don’t have a first-round pick in this year’s draft, and will
select the best available player with the 49th overall selection.

Twenty-two-year-old Carmelo Anthony had his best season as a pro. The Syracuse
product averaged a team-best 26.5 points and collected 4.9 rebounds and 2.7
assists in 80 contests. He is the building block of the franchise.

Center Marcus Camby averaged 12.8 points and team-best 11.9 rebounds in 56
games, while point guard Andre Miller played all 82 regular-season contests
and dished out a club-high 8.2 assists per game.

Power forward Kenyon Martin was suspended by the team during the playoffs for
for conduct detrimental to the team. Martin had issues with head coach George
Karl. The Nuggets will most likely attempt to trade the former All-Star in the
offseason.

Denver needs to tweak its roster. Anthony has raised his game to the next
level, while Camby and Miller are two nice pieces to the puzzle. The draft
will not help the Nuggets fill their voids.

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

Team Needs: A big man, scoring in the low post and rebounding.

Draft picks: 2nd round (49th overall).

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