If Winslow falls to the Nuggets, it would be a coup. Despite a stellar freshman season at Duke, Winslow was still a little overlooked nationally thanks to players like Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky and Winslow's teammate Jahlil Okafor. Make no mistake, though: Winslow has the potential to be a two-way star in the NBA. He is an explosive leaper, has great form on his jump shot and shows an understanding of defensive mechanics that is nearly impossible to teach.
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This may seem a bit of an odd pick at first. After all, the Nuggets appear set at center with All-Rookie second teamer Jusuf Nurkic. However, while Nurkic could be a good positional defender, he doesn't have the same defensive potential as Cauley-Stein. With his athleticism, size and intelligence, the Kentucky product can guard every position on the floor, switching seamlessly from harassing guards to bothering bigs. On offense, he and Nurkic may present spacing issues, but it'd be tough to pass up on a player who has Defensive Player of the Year potential.
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After a disappointing first month at Kansas, Oubre evolved into the team's most consistent player. He's a terrific slasher both with and without the ball, a capable shooter and great athlete. He has all the tools and pedigree to become a very good defender, though it's likely he'll struggle there at first given his slight frame and the fact that most young wings struggle on defense at first. Oubre likely won't ever be a star, but he could be a great foundation piece for what will likely be a rebuilding Nuggets team.
Another high-flying prospect, Johnson is a bit more raw than Oubre or Winslow, but his potential is through the roof. Perhaps Johnson's greatest attribute is his strength. He's not just strong for his age, he's strong, period. Picture him almost as a Corety Maggette-type player. He doesn't yet have those handles, but once he does, he'll be a machine at drawing fouls close to the rim.
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There's no question Payne is a reach at No. 7 (although, if he impresses in pre-draft workouts, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him shoot up the draft boards). However, with the Nuggets' relationship with Ty Lawson nearly at an end, it's time for Denver to start looking for the future at point guard. If the Nuggets like Payne, they could package Lawson in a deal to move down to get him. The Nuggets would miss Lawson's speed, but Payne's skillset and potential could have them forgetting about that in a hurry.