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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Who will Brooklyn draft?

By Mike Mazzeo

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Brooklyn Nets hold the 22nd pick in the first round of the 2013 NBA draft.

So who are they going to take?

“It’s early -- even though here we are sitting here in the latter part of May -- I think that we’re gathering information and putting together the pieces to the puzzle, and there are some moving parts that you can’t just say right now we’ll we’ve got to have this position or this guy right here, because there’s so many things that can happen during the draft,” said Nets director of player personnel Gregg Polinsky on Monday at the draft combine.

“Our philosophy with Billy [King] is we’re going to take the most talented player we think is there on the board for us that makes sense.”

ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Nets taking Kansas center Jeff Withey in his latest mock draft.

Writes Ford:

The Nets got a great season out of Brook Lopez, but they don't really have a credible backup for him. Withey is unlikely to be a star, but he is one of the two or three best shot blockers in the draft and should be able to come in and play great defense for 10-15 minutes a game in Brooklyn.