The Denver Nuggets are up next at 21, and I have them selecting Dyson Daniels’ and Jaden Hardy’s G League Ignite teammate MarJon Beauchamp for their first of two picks. If you haven’t noticed the trend by now, I’ll be more direct: I’m higher than consensus on nearly all of the G League Ignite draft entrants, and Beauchamp is no exception. In a best-case scenario for him, I think he could even sneak into the very back end of the lottery, with the Cavaliers being the most likely candidate to select him there.
The possibility that he slips into the 20s is also very likely, though, and I think that he and the Denver Nuggets could be a match made in heaven. Denver needs to prioritize finding cheap role players to place around Nikola Jokic, and I think their recent deal to trade JaMychal Green to the Thunder for their 30th overall pick is clear evidence that they’re looking to do exactly that. Beauchamp's defense makes him playable on an NBA floor immediately, and in a properly spaced offense with Jokic feeding him the ball, his scoring ability may come alive.
Beauchamp gives the Nuggets another athletic wing defender with a high motor, but I think his main draw will be that upside as a scorer. While he didn’t play a primary scoring role in the G League, he very much played that role in JUCO with Yakima Valley, scoring 30 points per game as a 40% three-point shooter on 8.6 attempts per game. He’s one of the older draft prospects and will turn 22 in October, but he has quite a bit more upside on both ends of the floor than he’s given credit for.