The Nuggets need to improve defensively, but can they afford to take a big man like Robert Williams?

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Improving on the defensive end of the floor is a priority for the Nuggets this offseason. In the last four years, they've never finished better than 24th in defensive efficiency. They're hoping to snap a five-season playoff drought by going from sieves to serviceable. On Wednesday, Denver got an up-close look at a player who could conceivably help them do that: Texas A&M's Robert Williams.

The 6-foot-10, 241-pound big man was a shot-blocking machine in two seasons with the Aggies. He swatted 2.5 shots per game as a freshman and 2.6 per game as a sophomore. Williams was named Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 after winning the award outright as a freshman.

“It’s just something I take pride in," said Williams, who Denver hosted for a solo workout. "I love defense first. I love blocking shots. I love rebounding. I feel like that’s my job."

Williams's 7-foot-5 wingspan and 40-inch vertical make him an intimidating presence inside. He sends shots back to earth so hard sometimes you think the basketball might dent the hardwood.

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