In the lead-up to the NBA Draft on June 21, BSN Denver is taking an in-depth look at prospects the Nuggets might target in the first round. Each draft profile will be accompanied by a podcast available on and wherever you normally download your podcasts from. To submit questions for the podcast, reply in the comments section at the bottom of this story.


Shai Gilgeous-Alexander — Guard — Kentucky

NBA Role: Primary ball handler who can play both backcourt spots, secondary offensive option

Player Comparison: Rajon Rondo

What if I told you the best point guard in the draft may slip to the end of the lottery and get selected behind two higher-profile lead ball handlers? Is that something you might be interested in? To borrow an old adage from the show “Entourage,” you should be.

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, a 19-year-old guard originally from Canada, doesn’t have the star power and jaw-dropping highlight reel of a Trae Young and didn’t play with same power and fire possession to possession as a Collin Sexton in his lone season at Kentucky. But there’s a scenario on the table where Gilgeous-Alexander, because of his feel for the game, elite size and upside, emerges over the next five to 10 years as the best point guard in this year’s draft.

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Harrison Wind

Harrison Wind covers the Nuggets for BSN Denver. He grew up in Boulder, Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Boulder.