With the NBA Draft less than a week away, I decided it was time for me to throw my two cents in on what I think the Nets should do with their two picks. Here's my thoughts:
In my opinion, the best site for the draft is nbadraft.net, so I'm going to use them to help me make my picks. Right now, they have us drafting Davis Bertans, a SF from Latvia, with our 27th pick, and Nolan Smith, the well-known PG/SG from Duke, with the 36th pick. No offense to those guys, but umm, eww. I think we could do a lot better.
The two guys I think we should pick are Jeremy Tyler and Josh Selby.
Nbadraft.net currently has Tyler falling to the second pick of the second round, so he should be available for us at 27. He's NBA-ready as far as size, athleticism, and rebounding goes (possesses a 7'5" wingspan), but just needs to work on maturity, decisiveness, and he settles for the jumper too often (Johnson was able to help Humphries overcome this, so I'm confident he can do the same with Tyler). His NBA comparison is Nazr Muhammad, and his potential is through the roof (they gave him a 9 out of 10 for potential). He may be a bit of a project this year, but down the road, he could turn into a solid NBA PF.
Next up is Selby, who like Tyler, has all the potential in the world. He will be a long-term project, but his quickness, athleticism, and ball handling makes him look like John Wall at times. While Smith is probably a tad more NBA-ready, Selby has waaay more potential. His jump shot is decent but needs to get a little more consistent. NBAdraft.net has him falling to the Lakers at 41, so he will hopefully still be there at 36. \
Both Tyler and Selby were absolute studs coming out of High School, but just haven't been able to put it all together since then. Hopefully they will put together in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets.
Please leave comments or other suggestions as I really want to know what other Nets fans feel would be the best outcome of the draft for us. Thanks for reading.