Well, it’s finally official, the Brooklyn Nets are shockingly not going to make the playoffs in 2017. So, as is tradition with any losing team in the NBA, it is time to take an early look at players that the Nets could take in the upcoming NBA draft. The Nets will have two first round picks in this years draft, so they will have the opportunity to find young talent that could be important parts of their future. They’ll probably have the 25th and 26th picks in the draft, and those aren’t lottery picks, but they can be potential gold mines for certain talent.
Lydon could be a perfect fit in the Nets system. He is six feet 10 inches tall and can stretch the floor on offense with his ability to shoot the three. So far in the 2016-17 season, he is shooting just under 40 percent from behind the arc. Not only that, but he can provide relief on the boards, as he’s averaging 8.6 rebounds per game. This year you can see the Nets trying to develop Quincy Acy into a power forward who can consistently shoot the three, but Lydon might be the safer bet as somebody who could fit nicely into their offensive scheme.
TJ leaf has been the epitome of an all-around player for the UCLA Bruins in the 2016-2017 season. He’s averaging 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. He’s also shooting the three at 46%. He shows tons of grit on the floor, fighting for every rebound and loose ball. Like Lydon, he would fit similarly into the Nets scheme and could develop into an extremely solid power forward for the Nets. Leaf, however, needs to show that he can play well against better teams, something he has not been able to do this season on a regular basis.
This is an extremely intriguing option for the Nets. Giles was the number two recruit out of high school, and the number one available power forward. He has not played much this season because of a severe injury to his knee that required surgery, and the Duke Blue Devils would probably be the best team in the country if he were healthy. The Nets are in no rush to get better, and their road to success is going to be a long one that takes a lot of player development. Giles might have too much talent to be passed up on, despite his knee issues.
This pick would probably make the most sense if the Nets want to move Brook Lopez in the offseason. Adebayo is a beast down low at six feet 10 inches and 220 pounds. He is averaging 13.3 points and eight rebounds per game, but he can’t really shoot at all. He can supply intensity in the post with the ability to score, but he probably makes the least sense as a pick for the Nets.
Luke Kennard will probably be taken before the Nets can even get him, but he could be a great addition to a team that lacks talent at the guard position. He impressed with his performance in the ACC tournament, leading Duke to the title. He shot a whopping 50% from behind the arc this season while averaging 20 points, 5.2 rebounds, and two assists per game. He is not a facilitator, but the Nets will have Jeremy Lin to be the player who covers that role. The Nets need a scorer, and Kennard could be the player to do just that.
The Nets don’t have a lottery pick in this year’s draft, and it will probably be the first pick in the draft. Nonetheless, the Nets were able to make the most of their assets and get themselves two first rounders that they can use to add to their already young and somewhat promising roster.