2024 NBA Mock Draft: Spurs prioritize two-way talents, Magic land surprise steal

Predicting how the first round of the 2024 NBA Draft will unfold with less than a week to go.
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Pick No. 28: Denver Nuggets select DaRon Holmes II

After winning the NBA Finals in 2023, the Denver Nuggets are in danger of being a one-hit wonder. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who has a player option, could be on the move this summer. Regardless of what happens with Caldwell-Pope, the Nuggets must address their lack of depth. The Nuggets are amongst the best in the league in terms of their starting lineup. However, they don’t have many reliable players coming off the bench, particularly in their frontcourt, to spell Nikola Jokic and Aaron Gordon.

For instance, the 6-foot-7 Peyton Watson is listed as the backup at both positions. While a solid bench player, Watson is best suited as a backup forward rather than a center, given his size. DeAndre Jordan is also 35 years old and only averaged 11 minutes and 3.9 points per game this past season. In other words, the former NBA champions need more role players, and Dayton big man DaRon Holmes II could be a great fit.

As a 22-year-old junior, Holmes is ready to contribute immediately after averaging 20.4 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.1 blocks per game on 54/39/71 shooting splits at Dayton. ESPN draft expert Jonathan Givony reports that Holmes has opted out of several workouts, leading teams to believe he has received a first-round promise. As a result, there is speculation linking Holmes to the Nuggets at No. 28 in the draft.