Thursday, June 27, 2013
W2W4: Nets on NBA draft night
By Mike Mazzeo
The Brooklyn Nets will host the NBA draft for the first time, on Thursday at Barclays Center. They're also participating, of course. The first round begins at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN; here's what we'll be watching for:
When do they pick? The Nets hold the 22nd pick in the first round.
What players of note have been picked at that spot in the past 10 years? Kenneth Faried (2011), Courtney Lee (2008), Jared Dudley (2007), Jarrett Jack (2005).
Interesting fact: The Nets picked 22nd in 2003 (Zoran Planinic), 2004 (Viktor Khryapa, rights traded to Portland) and 2006 (Marcus Williams).
Any trade rumors swirling? MarShon Brooks to the Timberwolves in exchange for the No. 26 is the hot rumor right now. "Decent chance it gets done on draft [night] ... yes," ESPN.com's Chad Ford wrote in his chat with fans Wednesday.
Longtime Nets beat writer Fred Kerber tweeted that GM Billy King told him there's a "60 percent chance" the team will move up. As The Bergen (N.J.) Record points out, King has made 18 draft-day trades involving picks in the 12 years he has been an NBA GM.
What are the team's needs? The Nets are seeking some athleticism and shooting. Position-wise, they could use help on the wing, depth in the frontcourt and a backup point guard.
What are the industry's main mock drafts projecting? As of Thursday morning:
• ESPN.com's Chad Ford: Louisville center Gorgui Dieng
• NBADraft.net: Dieng
• DraftExpress.com: Duke center Mason Plumlee
Who else is an intriguing possibility? PF Kelly Olynyk, SF Reggie Bullock, SG Tim Hardaway Jr., SG Allen Crabbe, SG Tony Snell, PG Isaiah Canaan.
If the Nets do trade up, Ford says they could be interested in Russian SF Sergey Karasev, who is projected to go 13th to the Mavericks.