The Denver Nuggets are projected to select St. John's forward Moe Harkless with the 20th overall pick in the latest mock draft from NBADraft.net, which was published over the weekend. While many mock drafts have teams focusing in on specific players at this point, Denver continues to be a wild card given the team's lack of obvious needs.
With most teams, you can look at the holes on their roster and make a basic guess as to which kind of player they'll pursue in the draft. Obviously, the mantra of "take the best player available" is still ringing in the background, but the immediate impact that different role players can provide ultimately becomes a factor after the first few picks.
Given that, the Nuggets are a team that's been particularly difficult to predict in mock drafts over the past few weeks. We've seen them tied to point guards, wing scorers and athletic big men, a good reflection of how the team could really go in any direction.
In Harkless, the Nuggets would land a highly intriguing wing with major athleticism, the kind of high-upside player that they can gamble on given the lack of immediate needs. In his lone year with the Red Storm, Harkless averaged 15.3 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks, but he was a poor shooter, knocking down just 20 percent of his three-point shots.