Nets draft primer


The NBA draft takes place at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN.

When do the Nets pick?

They have the No. 57 pick in the second round (via Miami).

Why don't they have a first-round pick?

The Nets traded their top-three protected first-rounder to Portland for combo forward Gerald Wallace. The Nets didn't finish in the top three in the lottery, so their pick, No. 6 overall, went to the Trail Blazers.

The Nets could've had Houston's first-round pick, as a result of the Terrence Williams trade in December 2010. But the pick is lottery-protected, and the Rockets failed to make the playoffs. That pick -- along with the protection -- carries over into next season, and will belong to Brooklyn if Houston qualifies for the playoffs.

The Nets' second-round pick -- No. 35 overall -- belongs to Golden State (Troy Murphy trade in 2011).

Is there any possibility to trade into the first round?

Yes. GM Billy King has said as much. "If we wanted to, we could get into the first round," King said Wednesday. "If you asked me right now would we get in the first round, I'd say no, but that could easily change tomorrow."

The Nets likely wouldn't be trading for the pick -- they only have four players under contract -- but rather buying it. They still have the $3 million that is allotted to every NBA team, per the rules of the CBA, to include in a trade.

King has been aggressive GM on draft day in the past. Don't expect that to change on Thursday -- even if he doesn't get a deal done. He did, however, shoot down a report that the Nets are trying to get into the top six.

What kind of player might they get with their pick?

Who knows? Hard to predict which players will be available at No. 57. ESPN.com NBA draft guru Chad Ford as them taking New Mexico power forward Drew Gordon, "an athletic rebounder."

King said they may be open to taking a foreign player and stashing him. Their preference -- if they don't go international -- is to take a three- or four-year college player. Either way, the player they select isn't likely to make a significant impact on the roster next season.