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Go Big NJ

I haven't thought much about it in the past - but there are a few rumors about Orton doing a DeJuan Blair and falling due to concerns about his knee.  Orton also has concerns about his pedestrian performance in college and his mental makeup that are going to cause him to fall as well.  With OKC rumored to be targeting Tibor Pleiss - I expect that either Orton or Hassan Whiteside is going to be there with the 27th pick. 

Assuming that we take Favors with the third pick, I still think it makes sense to go big for our remaining 2 picks.  Size and bulk is what wins championships - as proven yet again this year throughout the playoffs. 

Orton has the body and the skills to be a very solid backup center in the NBA and could potentially see minutes at the backup PF spot as well.  Whiteside has the size and length to be a very effective backup center in the league - and could ultimately play some minutes alongside Favors or Brook as a PF/C combo.  Either of these guys would be an absolute steal at 27 - and if they are there - the Nets need to pounce.  The only guys I would consider taking instead (if also on the board) are Bledsoe and Jordan Crawford. 

At 31, we should continue to taget size and pick Tiny Gallon.  Had he gone back to school next year, this kid could very well be considered as a top 18 pick in the draft.  Historically guys who leave too early and fall to the second round usually offer the most upside for a second round pick.  And you can never have too much size, strength in the post to come off the bench. 

Walking away with Favors, Whiteside/Orton and Gallon would potentially solidify our front court for years to come.

The only other things I would like to see the Nets do - would be to acquire a pick in the teens or early 20s to target Bledsoe, Damion James or Crawford.  Or to purchase an early second rounder to target Stephenson or Terrico White.

The best way to rebuild a team is thru the draft, and this is also the most cost efficient way to develop a bench for the future. In a draft devoid of potential superstars past the 5th pick - there is plenty of depth that will have successful NBA careers as rotation players off the bench. 




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