We keep rolling along with our draft do-overs in an effort to remake every NBA team knowing what we know now.
In 2005 the Nuggets drafted Julius Hodge (20th) and Axel Hervelle in the 2nd round. Their starters that year:
Andre Miller, Melo, K-Mart, Camby and Franciso Elson. They did have Nene, but he hadn't blossomed yet. We know that Miller and Camby get gone. We know that Melo wants to get gone.
We'll change both picks that year and take Marcin Gortat in the 2nd round and use our 20th pick on David Lee.
The following year, Denver only had a 2nd round pick (and there wasn't much talent available). They also experimented with Allen Iverson, which we know failed miserably. Even more amazing, is that they got rid of their 1st round pick in the 2007 draft also! That's 2 years in a row without a 1st round pick, for little in return. But wait a minute... they did the same thing in 2008. Make that THREE years without first rounder.
Denver ends up getting Chauncey Billups from Detroit. They end up getting Ty Lawson from Minnesota. There obviously wasn't much opportunity to change things here. We obviously wouldn't have taken Iverson. We'd try to get rid of K-mart, paving the way for Lee and try to get a SG in return. Someone who can hit open 3's and feed of dishes from the post and/or Billups.
They could have a current lineup of:
Billups, Melo, Lee, Nene and whoever we could get at SG at the time.
Off the bench we'd have Lawson, Smith and Gortat
Not much of an improvement, but there wasn't much to work with. Would Denver be better off with just three changes? Most definitely. Would anyone want to give us a decent SG for K-mart? You never know. Would Melo still want out of Denver? I guess it depends on how much they'd win with these changes.