One piece that would be interesting to consider is Will Barton. February 14, 2017 5:01 pm. What if the Nuggets never selected Jokic with their second-round pick in 2014? Their main needs were on the wing with multiple players entering contract years. Explosiveness. Making one different pick in the second round of 2014 would have Denver making different picks every year. Lost your password? The Original Full Round Mock Draft Site. © 2019 Sports Phenoms, Inc., All Rights Reserved | User Mocks. These are the facts, but the past five seasons could have gone very differently for Denver and Jokic alike. His assists per-36 minutes jumped from 3.9 to 6.3 in one season, and that number has been climbing in the years since. “We drafted a center in the first round. Has a great work ethic … Tremendous length … Can really shoot the ball … Hard worker … He was first introduced to real professional training – strength and conditioning as well as basketball workouts in September of 2013 and has shown tremendous improvement in his body … Possesses a big wingpan … Considering the fact that he competes in the Adriatic league, where most players are older than he is, and also that he’s an average athlete, he uses his basketball IQ to succeed… Nikola understands the game really well. What would their trajectory have been over the past five years? Share this article 356 shares share tweet text email link Steven Ruiz. See what DraftSite and fans have to say about Jokic. 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012. Willing screener. nba . For those that didn’t know, he’s played the second-most minutes out of every player in this class. This is what happened. Gigantic Offseason Primer with T.J. McBride | The Denver Stiffs Show, Part I of a conversation between Ryan Blackburn and T.J. McBride about the 2020 Denver Nuggets offseason, End of season review: The Denver Nuggets and Gary Harris are at a crossroads. He thrives with the ball in his hands, and he functions largely off the ball in the current system. Let’s say, for the sake of this argument, Denver’s picks don’t change outside of the Jokic pick. We could easily take this pick in another direction.” “Ok, we’re going to draft a wing to play some defense.” This is where things get a little interesting. We could easily take this pick in another direction.” “We need a guard to put some points on the board.” Let’s go after this Jordan Clarkson fella from Missouri. If they feel that Nurkic is a reliable starter moving forward, they can focus on getting shooters to surround him. If they took Clarkson, it’s highly unlikely they take Emmanuel Mudiay the following year. When Nikola Jokić was announced as the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Serbian big man was fast asleep. Please enter your email address. Toughness. Featured Articles (Editorials and Analysis), Report: Nuggets and Jerami Grant have “mutual interest” in a new deal. --Jeremy Bauman--, You must login or register to add a Scouting Reports, You must login or register to add a Player Comparisons, You must login or register to add a Video. The drop from Jokic to Tarvares is an astounding one. He’s finished with a positive Defensive Box Plus/Minus in every season of his career. Nikola Jokic’s draft moment was ruined by a cheesy Taco Bell burrito. This site has no affiliation with the National Basketball Association | Website by, 2014 World Select Team Announced For 17th Annual Nike Hoop Summit, Nikola Jokic withdraws from the 2014 NBA Draft, Nikola Jokic will keep his name in the NBA Draft, International scouting not a foreign idea to Denver Nuggets, Karl-Anthony Towns named unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kristaps Porzingis lead NBA All-Rookie Team, Karl-Anthony Towns, Joel Embiid highlight NBA’s Rising Stars rosters. Nurkic, who has become a good center, could have developed into their starter, and they could have worked to build a team around him. Second-round picks usually don’t pan out at a high frequency, so it’s essentially like that was just a pick that missed. Passing on Jokic for someone like Clarkson or Tavares would have had long-reaching impacts. Nurkic could have been a good starting center for this team, and he would have given them the defensive presence that you don’t get with Jokic. For that reason, it is today’s topic for the What If series that we have been running here on Denver Stiffs. Must Improve: Strength. Denver may have had a defensive anchor, but their offense would not be nearly what it is now. If they do, I would have projected for them to be somewhere at the end of the pack. The team could pass on Mudiay due to his lack of shooting to get a better scorer on the outside. Player profile for Nikola Jokic (C). The drafting of Jokic, along with the fact that he turned into something special, altered the course of the Nuggets’ drafts for years to come. Would he have developed into a consistent 20 points per game scorer? “We drafted a center in the first round. Mock Draft Database Mock Draft Challenges Good hands. Nurkic obviously doesn’t give them the same ceiling that you get with Jokic, and the offensive weapons around him don’t have the scoring punch to carry the team on the nights that he was going cold from the floor. Are the Nuggets and their starting 2 guard destined to part ways? What would the team’s future look like without this cornerstone locked into place? Jokić played youth basketball in Vojvodina Srbijagas, where he became a dominant figure and received interest from bigger teams. Denver already had two different centers on the roster coming into the draft which doesn’t even take into account that they had traded for a pick they used on Jusuf Nurkic, a first-round center, four hours earlier in the night. He may struggle to stay in front of NBA athletes at the center position … Needs to improve as a post player, gain strength and develop a repertoire of back to the basket moves … Defense is a real weakness at this point due to lack of lateral speed and lack of strength. Perimeter consistency. Denver was a top-10 offense for the last few years, and they would likely be somewhere in the 13 to 18 range. It’s possible, but there is no guarantee that the gravity of Jokic doesn’t assist him. You will receive mail with link to set new password. Drafted in 2014 NBA Draft: 2nd Round, 41st Overall Pick by Denver, Strengths: Versatile for big man. 19 years old; began playing seriously in past few years. Strong personality. Open thread: How can the Denver Nuggets beat the Los Angeles Lakers. A team player. He's helping the Nuggets hang around the playoff hunt amidst an entertaining, free-flowing brand of basketball. They could have gotten Stanley Johnson for his defense, or Devin Booker would have given them a premiere scoring option that they have been searching for to pair with Jokic in the drafts since. Nikola Jokic withdraws from the 2014 NBA Draft – Sportando: 06/16/2014; Nikola Jokic will keep his name in the NBA Draft – Sportando: 06/16/2014; International scouting not a foreign idea to Denver Nuggets – Colorado Springs Gazette/Paul Klee: 03/26/2015 They could have drafted a different center the following year and gotten someone like Myles Turner or Frank Kaminsky. They draft Tavares just to have a center because that makes life easier. This is phenomenal news for the Denver Nuggets. End of season review: Keita Bates-Diop hasn’t had an opportunity yet. With the 41st pick in the 2014 NBA draft, the Denver Nuggets select, Nikola Jokic, center from Serbia. He’s a smooth scorer, and he’s been a bucket-getter since he entered the NBA. Creative finisher around hoop; uses fakes. His length is a big plus, but he’ll need to continue to work on becoming stronger and learn to anticipate in order to overcome his lack of quickness … Despite being a younger guy, his upside appears limited by his lack of explosiveness and foot speed … Michael Malone is a good enough coach to elevate the squad, and there are some offensive weapons out there that can still put points up.