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Denver Nuggets’ Draft History (2006-2015)

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Over the past 10 NBA Drafts (2006-2015), the Denver Nuggets have made 15 selections without yielding an All-Star.

The following table details the Nuggets’ track record by tiers, noting the number of All-Stars and starters selected, along with players who either never made the league or were out in five years or less:

Tier Picks All-Star All-Star Appearances Starter* Not in NBA
1-5 0 0 0 0 0
6-10 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
11-15 0 0 0 0 0
16-20 4 0 0 2 (50%) 0
21-25 1 0 0 1 (100%) 0
26-30 1 0 0 0 0
31-40 2 0 0 0 2 (100%)
41-50 3 0 0 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.7%)
51-60 3 0 0 0 2 (66.7%)
Total 15 0 0 5 (33.3%) 6 (40%)

*Starter criteria determined as an average of 50 or more starts, over at least 40 percent of the player’s career.

The following is the league average over the same tiers:

Tier All-Star Starter Not in NBA
1-5 12 (24%) 30 (60%) 3 (6%)
6-10 8 (16%) 30 (60%) 7 (14%)
11-15 2 (4%) 12 (24%) 8 (16%)
16-20 3 (6%) 10 (20%) 8 (16%)
21-25 2 (4%) 8 (16%) 15 (30%)
26-30 1 (2%) 5 (10%) 20 (40%)
31-40 1 (2%) 11 (11%) 52 (52%)
41-50 2 (2%) 8 (8%) 70 (70%)
51-60 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 87 (87%)
Total 32 (5.3%) 115 (19.7%) 270 (45.0%)

The Nuggets haven’t drafted any All-Stars, but managed to draft starters at a higher rate than the league average.  Nikola Jokic and Joffrey Lauvergne look like second-round steals, while non-lottery first-rounders Ty Lawson, Evan Fournier and Kenneth Faried have been productive non-lottery firsts (although Lawson and Fournier have since moved on).

Note that players are included with the team through any draft-day trades.  Some teams pick well but let an eventual starter leave for another, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.  Recently drafted players have yet to officially pass the “at least five years” test, but were considered as such if on a team’s roster by the end of the 2015-16 season.

Additionally, recent picks who have yet to join the NBA may still do so, but for this analysis are considered “out.”

Pick History 2006-2015

All-Stars: None

Starters: Ty Lawson (2009-18), Kenneth Faried (2011-22), Gary Harris (2014-19), Nikola Jokic (2014-41), Emmanuel Mudiay (2015-7)

Rotation Players: Jordan Hamilton (2011-26), Evan Fournier (2012-20), Joffrey Lauvergne (2013-55), Jusuf Nurkic (2014-16)

Out in Five Years or Less: Sonny Weems (2008-39), Chukwudiebere Maduabum (2011-56), Quincy Miller (2012-38), Izzet Turkyilmaz (2012-50), Erick Green (2013-46), Nikola Radicevic (2015-57)