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2011 NBA Draft Grades: Nuggets Class Of The Northwest, According To CBS Sports

While Chad Ford may not have liked the Denver Nuggets draft as enthusiastically as others, CBS Sports' Matt Moore and Ben Golliver are big fans of what the team did. Ford wonders how much playing time Jordan Hamilton will receive, but Moore and Golliver absolutely love the pick:

Hamilton is highway robbery. They surrendered Felton, who they neither needed nor wanted, and got back Andre Miller AND Hamilton, who bizarrely slid down the draft. Hamilton can do the work of Wilson Chandler should he depart in free agency. He's long with range and, next to Danilo Galinari [sic], he makes the Nuggets look freakishly athletic. Great draft for Masai Ujiri.

This was a great first draft for Masai Ujiri. He got a rebounder in Faried and Hamilton can be a scoring option off the bench to start off his career. Overall, the Nuggets received an 'A-'.

The Jazz received a 'B+' for Enes Kanter and Alec Burks; the Timberwolves took a 'B' for their selection of Derrick Williams; the Oklahoma City Thunder took PG Reggie Jackson, who will have a hard time finding playing time, but the CBS Sports guys still consider it a great value pick; and the Trail Blazers, they believe, made a reach with Nolan Smith, who wasn't going to be selected in the early 20s.

Will these grades prove correct a few years down the line?

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