• According to Nuggets partisans - and it was good to hear from both of them - I should have mentioned that a first-round draft pick remains from the Kevin Willis-for-Scott Williams trade. So Keon Clark, whom the Nuggets traded for Willis the year before, has not yet devolved into nothing, as I alleged.
• In fact, I worked on a riff about the difference between Nuggets first-round draft picks - those lottery picks they like to trade away - and the late-round picks they tend to acquire when they get fond of the draft again, like the Utah first-rounder Dan Issel acquired to draft Mamadou N'diaye, principally so he could close his draft night news conference with the line, "No one blocks your shot like your Mamadou."
• It was a lot to pay for a laugh line.
• Anyway, as you can see, it wasn't much of a riff, so I left it out.
• The pick the Nuggets obtained with Williams was a Milwaukee first. Milwaukee was the defending Central Division champion at the time and had played in the Eastern Conference final. That's the pick Vandeweghe acquired.
• A year later, it's true, the Bucks fell apart. If it had been a 2002 pick, it would have been a nice one, which would have made the Nuggets lucky, which would have been uncharacteristic. But it's a 2003 pick, so we'll see whether it turns into anything.
• But, I admit, it's not nothing yet.
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