credit to Chris Alvino of KnicksBlog.com:
As for the Nets, while this might sound crazy, I believe the Nets will be major winners in next month’s draft. While John Wall would have been an amazing addition to that team, let us not forget that the Nets currently have an all-star caliber PG in Devin Harris currently on their roster. A lot of people are down on him after this past season, but I remain high on his game. Harris proved to play at his best when he was second fiddle to Vince Carter. With the ability to sign an elite scorer this summer, the scoring pressure will fall off of Harris quite a bit. With this third pick, I would expect Evan Tunrer to be the man if he slips beyond Philly at #2. More realistically, I expect the pick to be one of either Greg Monroe or Derrick Favors. Favors would seem like the logical pick here because of his sky high potential and his incredible length. Favors is a very strong rebounder and appears to have the frame to add some bulk going forward. Similarly, the 6′11 Greg Monroe playing alongside the 7′ Brook Lopez would create nightmares for opposing frontlines. Monroe possesses strong rebounding ability and is one of the most agile big men I have seen in quite some time. He runs the floor as well as any collegiate center and proved late in the season that he can be a dominant force at times. To me, Monroe is still inconsistent, but his ability is off the charts. At the next level, he will have to learn how to use his right hand (he has a bad case of Zach Randolph syndrome), but if he develops his weak hand, Monroe will be dangerous. Watching the Laker frontline dominate over the last couple of years with their length makes the image of essentially two agile 7 footers playing alongside one another more appealing to me.
I have had some people tell me that the Nets should look at DeMarcus Cousins, and I can only ask why? Even if Cousins is the most talented big man, I am not sure if creating a logjam at center is what the Nets want to do with such a valuable pick. Both Monroe and Favors would create space for Brook Lopez, whereas Cousins would occupy that space. The Nets have a good thing going with Lopez, and instead of disrupting it, the Nets should look to enhance it.
Nets fans should be ecstatic coming out of this off-season if they come away with either Monroe or Favors in the draft and a strong power forward through free agency such as Carlos Boozer or David Lee, all while finding a couple of shooters ot man the arc such as Mike Miller, Kyle Korver, or Travis Outlaw. Having a star such as LeBron or Wade would be ideal, but if they cannot land either, then I recommend beefing up that front line. The Nets have a good head start with Lopez already, and have the chance to make their second move by taking either Favros or Monroe next month.