Mar 16, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines guard Nik Stauskas (11) is guarded by Michigan State Spartans guard Gary Harris (14) in the championship game for the Big Ten college basketball tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Draft Rumors: Gary Harris, Nik Stauskas, James Young good fits for Denver Nuggets


The Denver Nuggets are going to be picking in the lottery.

They have both their pick and the pick of the New York Knicks from the Carmelo Anthony. They will, however, owe one of those picks to the Orlando Magic from the four-team Dwight Howard trade that netted the Nuggets swingman Andre Iguodala, who has since left for the Golden State Warriors, from the Philadelphia 76ers.

Mark Kiszla of The Denver Posts believes Michigan State Spartans’ guard Gary Harris, Michigan Wolverines’ guard Nik Stauskas and Kentucky Wildcats’ swingman James Young would be good fits in Denver.

Gary Harris: It seems everybody is jumping on the Michigan State band wagon as the trendy pick to win the tournament. Isn’t that right, Barack Obama? A major reason why the Spartans are getting so much love is Harris, a feisty shooting guard. He’s strong. He actually likes to play defense. And he’s aggressive. The catch? At 6-foot-4, he seems to be a tweener in the backcourt. So the role that might best allow him to shine in the NBA is as first man off the bench.

Harris averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this year. Draft Express ranks Harris as the 15th best prospect.

Stauskas averaged 17.4 points, 3.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. He is viewed as the 17th best prospect.

Young, ranked as the 26th best prospect, averaged 14.3 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

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