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2022 NBA Draft Grades: Denver Nuggets Get A ‘C+’ For Taking Christian Braun 21st Overall

The 2021-22 Denver Nuggets managed to win 48 games. On one hand, that doesn’t seem like an overwhelming accomplishment with the reigning two-time NBA MVP at the helm in Nikola Jokic, but the Nuggets overcame considerable adversity to post a winning campaign. Most notably, Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. combined to appear in only nine games during the season, leaving Jokic and the Nuggets without the No. 2 and No. 3 offensive options on the roster.

Through that lens, it is easy to be excited about the 2022-23 version with Porter Jr. and Murray projected to return, and Jokic is still in the middle of it all. While Denver’s pre-draft trade to acquire more ammunition was unquestionably motivated by financial concerns, the Nuggets did also arrive to the draft with a pair of first-round picks and the eagerness to shape the roster as a title contender. ????

Roster Needs: Health, perimeter defense, health again

Christian Braun (No. 21 Overall), C+: This is a nice fit for the Nuggets, even if it might be a few spots high on Braun. He doesn’t need the ball to succeed, which makes sense in Denver, and is a quality shooter and off-ball mover. He’s also a good athlete and a solid defender, though Braun is limited from a length standpoint and may be more of a backcourt defender than someone who can handle big wings.

2022 Free Agents:
Bryn Forbes (UFA)
Facu Campazzo (RFA)
Austin Rivers (UFA)
Vlatko Cancar (RFA)
DeMarcus Cousins (UFA)
Davon Reed (RFA)
Markus Howard (RFA)

Nikola Jokic
Jamal Murray
Michael Porter Jr
Aaron Gordon
Will Barton
Monte Morris
JaMychal Green (player option)
Jeff Green (player option)
Zeke Nnaji
Bones Hyland
Christian Braun