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NBA Mock Draft: Denver Nuggets Select Zach LaVine from UCLA

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SB Nation's NBA Network conducted a mock draft with bloggers from each team site making or trading "their" team's pick. We continue with the next pick in the 2014 NBA Mock Draft with Denver Stiffs selecting guard Zach LaVine from UCLA.

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NBA Mock Draft Pick #11 -- Zach LaVine, Guard, UCLA

SB Nation's Nuggets blog Denver Stiffs explains the pick:

Zach LaVine may not be NBA ready yet, but I believe he has the highest ceiling of any of the guards that also garnered interest with this pick. His shooting ability and athleticism are impressive, no doubt, but so is his desire to be the best. You can't teach basketball awareness and drive and that's why we went with LaVine here. Patience will be key as it may take him a few seasons to really show what he has, but we believe that LaVine is worth the gamble.

In the stead, Randy Foye and Evan Fournier will still hold down the shooting guard spot for the Nuggets, but LaVine will test them and learn a lot from them both. For a team that has a lot of nice pieces, the Nuggets lack true star potential and with the 11th pick and LaVine aboard we think the prospect of a star is now on the roster.

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1 Cleveland Cavaliers: ANDREW WIGGINS 
2 Milwaukee Bucks JABARI PARKER
3 Philadelphia 76ers DANTE EXUM
4 Orlando Magic JULIUS RANDLE
5 Utah Jazz JOEL EMBIID
6 Minnesota Timberwolves (Via Celtics) AARON GORDON
7 Los Angeles Lakers NOAH VONLEH
8 Philadelphia 76ers (via Kings) DARIO SARIC
9 Charlotte Hornets DOUG MCDERMOTT
10 Chicago Bulls (via 76ers) MARCUS SMART
11 Denver Nuggets ZACH LAVINE 
12 Orlando Magic
13 Minnesota Timberwolves
14 Phoenix Suns
15 Atlanta Hawks
16 Chicago Bulls
17 Boston Celtics
18 Phoenix Suns
19 Chicago Bulls
20 Toronto Raptors
21 Oklahoma City Thunder
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Utah Jazz
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26 Miami Heat
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29 Oklahoma City Thunder
30 San Antonio Spurs