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Denver Nuggets 2014 Draft Report Card

By Jim Brighters, NBA Editor

Additions: Jusuf Nurkic (16)

Gary Harris (19)

Nikola Jokic (41)

Arron Afflalo (trade)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Nuggets were busy on Thursday.

They started by fleecing the Orlando Magic to bring back guard Arron Afflalo. All it cost was Evan Fournier and a second-round pick and that's a great deal for Denver.

The Nuggets weren't done dealing. They drafted Doug McDermott 11th, then shipped him to the Chicago Bulls for the 16th and 19th picks, which turned into Nurkic and Harris.

Nurkic is a broad man who will inevitably battle conditioning issues. He's heavy, but thick, and seems like quite a character. He'll be a nice change-of- pace center when JaVale McGee sits. Nurkic is reminiscent of current Denver backup big man Timofey Mozgov.

Harris slid because he didn't measure very tall for a shooting guard. That's rubbish. He's a legitimate two-way shooting guard, who was the second-best defensive wing after No. 1 pick Andrew Wiggins. Harris will make plenty of teams angry they passed on him. He might be the steal of this draft and, if Afflalo leaves for free agency after a year, here's Denver's new shooting guard.

Jokic grew up a point guard before he grew to almost 7 feet tall. He has play- maker skills and could be a valuable stash candidate.

The Nuggets had a very good Thursday.

Grade: B+

06/27 19:06:40 ET