Rapid Reaction: Nets trade for Taylor
June, 28, 2012
By Mike Mazzeo | ESPNNewYork.com
Jeff Gross/Getty ImagesHoboken, N.J., native Tyshawn Taylor is headed to Brooklyn.WHAT IT MEANS: The Brooklyn Nets acquired the draft rights to Tyshawn Taylor after he was selected 41st overall by the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for cash considerations, sources told ESPN.com’s Chad Ford.
Brooklyn also acquired the draft rights to Tornike Shengelia after he was selected by the Philadelphia Sixers with the 54th selection in exchange for cash considerations, sources told Ford.
The Nets drafted Ilkan Karaman from Turkey with the 57th overall pick.
THE SKINNY: Taylor, 22, is a four-year player out of Kansas. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 17.3 points and 4.8 assists for the Jayhawks in his senior season. He shot 47.7 percent from the field and 38.2 percent from 3-point range. Shengelia, 20, is a 6-9 small forward from Georgia.
THE SCOUTING REPORT: Ford had Taylor ranked 30th on his big board. Ford’s positives about Taylor: combo guard, excellent quickness and speed, very quick first step, great athlete, explosive leaper, high basketball IQ, good defender with quick hands. Negatives: Still developing a consistent jumper, needs to add range to his jumper, needs to improve ball handling, has had some disciplinary issues at Kansas.
Ford had Shengelia ranked 53rd on his big board. Ford’s positives about Shengalia: athletic forward, excellent motor, very active on the glass, solid ball handler. Negatives: needs to improve his jump shot.
LOCAL TIES: Taylor is from Hoboken, N.J., and played high school basketball at St. Anthony.
WORTH IT? The Nets traded their first-rounder (No. 6 overall) to the Trail Blazers for Gerald Wallace. Portland elected to take point guard Damian Lillard out of Weber State. Wallace is now an unrestricted free agent, but the Nets are committed to re-signing him, and GM Billy King has defended the trade.
ROLE? The Nets have only four players under contract. But if they re-sign Deron Williams and bring in a veteran like Jason Kidd, it is hard to see Taylor having a rotation spot. Shengelia and Karaman may very well be stashed overseas.