With the start of the 2013 NBA Draft fast approaching the Brooklyn Nets are quite busy getting ready for the 22nd overall pick. Here are some of the moves you might see General Manager Billy King make during tonight’s draft.
The major rumor spreading around the league right now is the potential trade with the Boston Celtics for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. However, the Nets have also been rumored to be searching for several other trade partners. Billy King is certainly no stranger to draft day trades, making 18 trades on draft day in his 12 year career as a General Manager. It seems the Nets are currently shopping MarShon Brooks and looking to either move up in the draft or acquire another pick towards the end of the 1st round, potentially the number 26 pick which is currently owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The other potential trade that has been circulating is between the Nets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The trade would send the 22nd pick to Cleveland in exchange for guard C.J. Miles. Miles was a teammate of Deron Williams on the Utah Jazz and could replace Brooks as a backup shooting guard if they do decide to trade Brooks. However, it seems strange that the Cavaliers would be looking to dump a veteran in exchange for a prospect on a roster that is already filled with young players.
If the Nets do hold on to the 22nd pick and/or acquire the 26th pick in the draft here are a few names that have been on the team's radar.
Gorgui Dieng, Center, Louisville- Dieng is a 7 footer, who played three years under Rick Pitino at Louisville. He has a 7’-4” wingspan and is a great shot blocker and rebounder. Unlike many foreign born players, Dieng has great basketball instincts. This season he greatly improved his mid-range jump shot and was a great passer in the paint. Dieng could be one of the steals of the draft if he slips to 22 and has the potential to play right away as Brook Lopez's backup.
Kelly Olynyk, Center, Gonzaga- Olynyk was one of the nation’s top players last season for the Gonzaga Bulldogs and might have the best back to the basket game out of any big man in the draft. He is a skilled Center, who could be a great pick and roll player with Deron Williams. However, Olynyk will struggle down low defensively and on the boards because of his size and lack of athleticism. He is expected to be picked by the time the Nets select, but if he slips the Nets might choose the 7-footer from Ontario, Canada.
Shane Larkin, Point Guard, Miami- Larkin is an undersized point guard at 5’11” but he has tremendous talent. He is a much improved 3-point shooter and was one of the University of Miami’s best players last season. He is arguably the best pick and roll point guard in the draft and could be C.J. Watson’s replacement as the backup point guard for the Nets next season. He is expected to be off the board by the time the Nets select but if he falls to 22 he could be a great fit for the Nets.
Mason Plumlee, Center, Duke- Earlier in the week it seemed that Plumlee was the likely selection for the Nets, but it seems that Plumlee’s draft stock has risen and will not likely be left at 22 when Brooklyn selects. However, if he is left he is an extremely athletic big man, who could be a great pick and roll partner for Williams but he has a lot of areas that he will need to improve.
Allen Crabbe, SG, California- Crabbe was the Pac-12 player of the year this season and is one of the best pure shooters in this draft. The Nets could certainly use some help from deep and Crabbe could help spread the floor for Williams and Lopez to operate. Crabbe has great size at the shooting guard spot but has a lot of room to improve defensively. Overall, this would be a good pick for the Nets at 22 or 26.
Reggie Bullock, SF, North Carolina- Bullock, like Crabbe, is a tremendous shooter. He is one of the best 3 point shooters in this draft and at the very least should be a solid NBA role player because of this skill. His size and speed also make him a very solid defender who should transition well at the next level. However, Bullock has a lot of room to improve as a ball handler and with his mid-range game. Overall, Bullock should be a solid role player throughout his career but don’t expect much more from him.
The 2013 NBA Draft starts tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. Tune in to ESPN to see what moves the Nets end up making.
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