With the draft coming up next week, we will be taking a look at prospects the Nets might consider trading into the draft for.
Brooklyn does not have a pick in the draft but GM Billy King has said he is interested in trading into the draft if a player they like is available. Here is one player that could entice them to trade for a late first-round or second-round pick.
GLENN ROBINSON III, F, MICHIGAN
THE 411: Glenn Robinson III is an athletic forward who comes with NBA pedigree and potential. His father, Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson, was drafted first overall 20 years ago, right ahead of current Nets coach Jason Kidd. Unlike his father, Robinson III still has developing to do and doesn’t come NBA-ready. He is athletic, can be explosive and has good length with a 6-10 wingspan. The sophomore, though, was inconsistent and sometimes seemed passive. Robinson III averaged 13.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 48.8 percent from the field. He has to get stronger and improve his shooting after making 30.6 percent from behind the arc.
FORD PROJECTION: ESPN’s draft expert Chad Ford has Robinson III ranked 33rd overall and projected as high as a late first-round pick.
FORD’S REPORT: “May 23 Update: Robinson III was one of the four or five players who helped themselves the most at the draft combine. His elite athletic abilities, a slimmed-down physique and some very solid shooting numbers in the drills all gave him a boost in the eyes of scouts. Not to mention the fact that according to multiple GMs he absolutely nailed the interviews.
Robinson also had a strong workout in Chicago and now it appears that a number of teams in the mid-to-late first round are coming after him. He was probably ranked too high at the start of the season when we had him in the late lottery, but he's probably underranked now. If he can keep up that aggressiveness in workouts, he should land somewhere in the 20s.”
WHY THE NETS SHOULD TRADE TO PICK HIM: The Nets are in need of youth and athleticism, and the 20-year-old Robinson III brings both. He may not be as good a shooter as Tim Hardaway Jr. was coming out of Michigan last season but the Nets certainly can use a young swingman asset for the future like Hardaway Jr. became for the Knicks last season. The Nets, though, also offer Robinson a good situation to develop, grow and learn from veteran swingmen like Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce (if Pierce re-signs). Pierce is a free agent and Andrei Kirilenko and Alan Anderson have player options in their contracts. So the Nets could really need a small forward for depth this coming season. More than anything else, however, the Nets can use a young small forward to groom for the near future.