Tom Ziller of SB Nation has released his latest 2011 NBA Mock Draft and there are some changes for Colorado Buffaloes guard Alec Burks and for the Denver Nuggets. At No. 22 Ziller has the Nuggets taking center Jeremy Tyler:
22. Denver Nuggets: Jeremy Tyler, C, The Sea
The Nuggets could lose Kenyon Martin and Nene this summer. Is everyone prepared for a Birdman-Mozgov starting frontcourt? I didn't think so.
His reasoning for taking a big man up front makes sense, but the player maybe not so much. Tyler left high school after his junior year to play professionally overseas. While many thought Europe was his destination, he spent 2009-10 in Israel and then moved to a Japanese league for the last year. He may very well be a first-round pick. Tyler is still quite raw and will need time to adapt in the NBA. If the Nuggets lose both Martin and Nene, Tyler may be asked to do too much early on. But then it may be no different than asking a soon-to-be 19-year-old like Tobias Harris out of Tennessee to do that as well.
As for Alec Burks, he falls out of the lottery to the Philadelphia 76ers at No. 16, giving the team a replacement for Andre Iguodala. DX and NBADraft.net both have Burks still in the top 10 picks or so.