With the third pick, most draftniks are certain the Nets would go with Georgia Tech's Derrick Favors over Kentucky's DeMarcus Cousins. Maybe, but maybe not. Dave D'Alessandro says there is a divide up front, with some favoring Favors and others cozing up to Cousins. "Some on the staff still believe DeMarcus Cousins is the second biggest talent in the draft," writes Dave D, who adds Wesley Johnson remains "the safe pick" over the raw Favors and the immature Cousins.
As for the picks at #27 and #31, it's too early to tell right now, but there are likes and dislikes emerging. The Nets like: Tiny Gallon, 6'9" PF out of Oklahoma; Avery Bradley, 6'3" SG out of Texas; Larry Sanders, 6'9" SF/PF out of VCU; and Craig Brackins, 6'10" PF out of Iowa State. They don't like: Willie Warren, 6'4" SG out of Oklahoma and Devin Ebanks, 6'7" SF out of West Virginia.
Dave D also reports that Andrei Vatutin, the CSKA Moscow president seen as Mikhail Prokhorov's choice as Rod Thorn's successor, may not take the job. When asked last week if he was interested, Vatutin issued a firm no comment.