Chad Ford just posted his latest Mock Draft (version 3.0). He claims he has heard the Sixers are going to take Favors at 2, leaving us with Turner at 3. As everyone knows, my favorite player (next to Wall) for the Nets in this draft is Derrick Favors. I think he has enormous potential and I am not sold on Turner being able to be a star in the NBA as I think he needs to have the ball in his hands to dominate - and he will not be the lead guard in NJ.
That said, Turner will add versatility to our backcourt and really give the next coaching staff some interesting options to play around with. And Lee coming off the bench as a shooter will really help this team and give us a very solid, young 2nd unit backcourt with Lee, CDR and possibly TWill.
He currently has us taking Tiny Gallon at 27 (who as a 6'10'' 300 pounder should make Andres and Jerry happy). But if we do take Turner at 3 - we have added a sure fire starter to our team and this should give the Nets a reason to take a chance with the 27th pick. Currently he has Solomon Alabi going at 19 (which I think is too high) and Hassan Whiteside falling to 24 (which I don't see). But as we get to the range of 22-23 I think the Nets should actively look to trade up with the Wolves (to get the 23rd pick) and take a chance on Whiteside. The kid has a massive wingspan and is a great shot blocker. Definitely raw, definitely a project - but could be a major steal in the mid 20s. Athletically I think he might be able to slide over and play some minutes at the PF position and we desperately need to start planning for the future with a quality backup center. His interviews didn't go so well and has a few character flags - but 2 months ago this guy was considered a lottery pick. I would offer the 27th pick and either our 2nd rounder next year (or worst case this year) to get this done.
Adding Turner and Whiteside would be a huge coup for this team come draft night. And its not inconceivable that we have a chance to take Damion James (very doubtful), Willie Warren, Terrico White, Tiny Gallon, Devin Ebanks (not a big fan), or Jordan Crawford at 31 if we keep the pick.
And with the open checkbook our team now enjoys - I would be a fan of trading for or buying a later 2nd round pick (probably could be had for under $500k) to take Da"Sean Butler. Rumor has it that he is recovering well - and this kid is just a player. He will be a successful rotation player at the next level. These are the types of guys championship teams need to draft to anchor their benches.