The Cleveland Cavaliers follow a similar model to the NBA champion Nuggets

CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers and the rest of the NBA watched as Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy.

The Cavs look to the Nuggets as a potential model in the quest to find their own path to a championship.

Above all else, the Nuggets had drafted well and allowed that talent to develop. That mainly means Jokic, who has transformed from the 41st pick in the 2014 draft into a two-time MVP and a five-time All-Star.

But it wasn’t just Jokic. It was Jamal Murray in 2016. And it was Michael Porter Jr. in 2018. It’s actually a list that also includes Donovan Mitchell, who was quickly dealt to the Utah Jazz.

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