GREENSBORO, NC - MARCH 12: Kyle Singler #12 of the Duke Blue Devils shoots against Jeff Allen #0, Victor Davila #14 and Erick Green #11 of the Virginia Tech Hokies during the first half in the semifinals of the 2011 ACC men's basketball tournament at the Greensboro Coliseum on March 12, 2011 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
It's Championship Week, the first wave of March Madness and Al Iannazzone reports the Nets are out in force even if Billy King had to postpone a scouting trip after straining a tendon in his foot. Not only is Bobby Marks and the college scouting staff on the road. The Nets have enlisted their pro scouts as well...two of them former GM's.
What you say? Don't the Nets only have the Laker first round pick, now #26, and their own second rounder, now #36 ...in a weak draft? Yes, but as Iannazzone writes, that doesn't mean they won't be active: "As a Sixers' executive, King made 11 draft-day trades from 2002-2007 that involved picks. With owner Mikhail Prokhorov's fortune, the Nets could buy picks if King and his staff find players they like".
Who do the Nets like? That's a state secret, of course, and one that won't be finalized until all the scouting reports are coordinated and the video uploaded on everyone's iPad. Still, the mock draft sites think they know. Draft Express has the Nets taking Justin Harper, Richmond's 6'10" PF, and Kyle Singler, Duke's 6'9" SF, while NBADraft.net has them stealing Kemba Walker, UConn's PG, and David Lighty, Ohio State's 6'6" SG. (Draft Express has Walker going #7.)