Nets draft questions? We got you covered
June, 26, 2013
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Harry How/Getty ImagesWill Gonzaga big man Kelly Olynyk be available when the Nets pick at 22?The 2013 NBA draft will take place at Barclays Center on Thursday night. The Brooklyn Nets hold the 22nd selection in the first round.
ESPNNewYork.com examines some of the questions you might have:
Whom will the Nets draft?
Tough to say. After all, there is still uncertainty about whom the Cavaliers are going to take with the No. 1 pick, so how are we supposed to know whom the Nets will pick at No. 22?
We do know whom the Nets have worked out (listed in the order in which they appear in Chad Ford’s latest mock draft): SF Reggie Bullock (19), PG Isaiah Canaan (21), SF Tony Mitchell (24), SG Tim Hardaway Jr. (25), C Gorgui Dieng (26), SG Allen Crabbe (27) and SG Tony Snell (30).
Perhaps the Nets elect to go with one of these players. Perhaps they go elsewhere. Nothing would really surprise us.
What is GM Billy King’s draft philosophy?
King relies heavily on his scouting department during the draft process because the scouts have seen the prospects play a lot more than he has. The Nets put together a big board, ranking the prospects 1 through 60. King said they won’t deviate from those rankings on draft night.
Will the Nets make a trade on draft night?
When King is your GM, anything is possible. In the past, he certainly hasn’t been afraid to be active on draft night. If there is a player the Nets have rated high on their board that is still available, don’t be surprised if King makes a move to get that player. Russian small forward Sergey Karasev (13) is a player the Nets covet, according to Ford.
The Nets could also trade down or draft a foreign player who gets stashed away in Europe. King says everything is on the table.
Sources told ESPN.com the Nets have been talking with the Timberwolves about trading MarShon Brooks for the No. 26 pick.
What are Brooklyn’s needs?
The Nets have said they’re going to target the best available player, but they could use more shooting, athleticism and frontcourt depth.
Whom does Ford think the Nets are going to draft?
Kelly Olynyk, a 7-foot power forward out of Gonzaga.
Ford's words: Olynyk might have one of the largest ranges in the draft. He'll get looks as high as No. 11 to the Sixers and No. 12 to the Thunder, but he also could work his way down here. Gorgui Dieng and Tony Snell are other options for the Nets at No. 22.
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