Brooklyn Nets Draft Report

Breaking down the draft picks and roster outlook of the Brooklyn Nets heading into the NBA draft

2017-18 W/L: 28-54 2018-19 W/L: 42-40

Finished 6th in the eastern conference (Lost 4-1 to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs)

Team Needs: PG, SF, PF, C

Free Agents: Demarre Carroll, Jared Dudley, D’Angelo Russell, Ed Davis, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

Under Contract: Taurean Prince, Joe Harris, Jarrett Allen, Caris Levert, Spencer Dinwiddie, Dzanan Musa, Rodions Kurucs, Treveon Graham

Team Option: Shabazz Napier

1st Pick: 1st Round-27th Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

PG: Carsen Edwards, Ty Jerome

SG/SF: Matisse Thybulle, Cameron Johnson, KZ Okpala, Dylan Windler

PF/C: Naz Reid, Daniel Gafford, Mfiondu Kabengele, Nicolas Claxton

2nd Pick: 2nd Round-31st Overall

Players who could be available and fit with this pick:

SG/SF: Dylan Windler, Kris Wilkes, Ignas Brazdeikis, Talen Horton-Tucker

PF/C: Luka Samanic, Nicolas Claxton, Mfiondu Kabengele

The Nets got back to the playoffs this past season before losing 4-1 to the 76ers in the first round. While the team showed a big improvement in the number of wins, they have a large portion of their roster becoming free agents leaving the franchise without a clear future entering the draft. One move they have already made to help with this issue was sending Allen Crabbe and the 17th pick in this years draft to the Hawks for small forward Taurean Prince. While it will be a some time before the trade can be dissected and awarded a winner or loser, Prince is a solid player who can shoot the ball effectively from the outside while having a relatively cheap contract for the next two seasons. D’Angelo Russell came into his own in Brooklyn making the all star team, and he is expected to get a big pay day as a free agent whether that is from the Nets or another franchise. They chose to not extend Rondae Hollis-Jefferson so it would seem he is headed elsewhere, and in all likelihood Demarre Carroll would also be gone considering that Prince is expected to fill a very similar role. Caris Levert was on a tear before his injury, and while he showed promise since returning, there is no guarantee he will get back to where he was before the injury occurred. Rodions Kurucs is a young piece that could step into a bigger role after playing well, and Joe Harris has been deadly as an outside shooter in Brooklyn. There are also the rumors that Kyrie Irving will be headed to Brooklyn, and while that could effect how they draft, there are multiple teams that could land the free agent. 

Brooklyn has two picks very close together at #27 and #31 overall. Both of these picks have the potential to provide the franchise with a cheap option to fill some of the roster holes that they will have due to free agency, as well as surround whatever free agents they do sign with young talent that can grow. How confident they are with their targeted free agents will play a big role in what positions they are considering in the draft, but even if they sign a big name free agent at the same position as a draft pick they can use that player for depth as they get comfortable in the league. Many of the same players will be in consideration for both picks because of the uncertainty of what players will still be on the board at #27 and #31. There could be a point guard like Carsen Edwards or Ty Jerome that the Nets could take if they want to go that route, but drafting a point guard with the possibility of Irving signing or bringing back D’Angelo Russell, might not be an option. Naz Reid and Daniel Gafford could be options at either #27 or #31 and if Mfiondu Kabengele is available in the second round he would be a good value pick. Dylan Windler, KZ Okpala and Cameron Johnson would provide perimeter scoring or they could take a defensive minded guard like Matisse Thybulle. Luka Samanic would be an interesting option for the Nets with his versatility, and the same could be said about Nicolas Claxton. If we were drafting for Brooklyn we would choose a scoring minded wing with one pick and a versatile big man with the other pick, while the order would depend on which players are available. This would allow the team to go after point guards in free agency and add some depth along with scoring on the wing and inside. 

 

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