Brooklyn Nets: 2013 NBA Draft

Video: Nets' offseason needs

June, 26, 2013

ESPN analyst Tom Penn breaks down the Nets' question marks heading into Thursday night's draft:

1. Coach Kidd on the clock: How will new head coach Jason Kidd fare in his first year on the job? Who is going to be on his staff?

2. Luxury tax challenges: The Nets are over the tax by about $13 million or $14 million with nine players under contract. They will have to pay a $30 million or more luxury tax penalty as a result. They are extremely limited in how they can improve their roster with just the $3.2 million mini mid-level exception.

3. Shooting and size: The Nets need both. Penn suggests they may be able to fill part of those needs with the 22nd pick in the draft. Penn also mentions that the Nets are going to need a backup point guard with C.J. Watson likely out of the mix.

Who will Brooklyn draft?

May, 22, 2013
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.

Barclays Center will host the 2013 draft

April, 24, 2013
The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, will host the 2013 NBA draft on June 27 at 7 p.m., the league announced Wednesday.

This will be the first NBA draft held in Brooklyn. Fans can purchase tickets to the draft beginning May 22 at 10 a.m.

"We are excited to be holding the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, a borough long associated with great basketball talent," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

"In addition to being a state-of-the-art arena, Barclays Center has quickly become a go-to destination for world class events. We are confident Barclays Center is an ideal venue for introducing the next generation of NBA stars to a global audience."

The 2011 and 2012 drafts were held at the Nets' previous home, the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Prior to that, the draft was held at Madison Square Garden from 2001-10.



Brook Lopez
20.7 0.9 0.5 31.4
ReboundsK. Garnett 6.6
AssistsD. Williams 6.1
StealsD. Williams 1.5
BlocksB. Lopez 1.8