Cohen 8-Ball: If There Were No Draft Lottery

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Josh Cohen’s Analysis (Jan. 26, 2014): The 1990-91 Denver Nuggets remain one of the most peculiar and unbalanced teams in NBA history. They had one of the most prolific offensive units ever assembled – averaging 119 points per game – yet were dreadful defensively – surrendering 130 a contest.

And when it was revealed that they had landed the No. 4 pick – the worst outcome possible – you assumed all was “rocky” in the Rockies. Most still assume Denver would have chosen Larry Johnson with the first pick in ’91 if they did indeed have the top selection. But when Dikembe Mutombo, one of the most menacing interior defenders and shot blockers in league history -- slipped to No. 4, it turned out that draft lottery disappointment wasn’t as maddening as originally assumed.

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