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2012 NBA Mock Draft: Chad Ford Projects Marquis Teague To Denver

The Denver Nuggets may have an exceptional starting point guard in Ty Lawson, but ESPN's Chad Ford believes that they could still target a player at that position in the first round of the NBA Draft. In his latest mock draft, released on Tuesday, Ford projects the Nuggets to select Kentucky guard Marquis Teague with the 21st overall pick:

Andre Miller is heading into free agency this year and the Nuggets really lack depth at the point guard position. Had Teague stayed another year at Kentucky, he might have been a Top 10 pick. He's a value get here.

As a freshman, Teague was the starting point guard for the Wildcats as they rode to a national championship. An explosive athlete, he averaged 10.0 PPG, 2.5 RPG and 4.8 APG over 32.6 MPG, but he also shot just 41 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. Improving his shooting and decision-making will be key, but scouts love his upside.

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