Finally, there is some clarity in the mock drafts...and his name is Nolan Smith.
In the latest mocks from Draft Express, NBADraft.net and Sports Illustrated, the Nets wind up with Smith, the 6'4" point (maybe combo) guard from Duke. In both Draft Express and NBADraft, the Nets take Smith with the 36th pick while in Sports Illustrated, he goes at #27.
Last week, Fred Kerber reported that Smith, a first team All-American, was among those at the top of the Nets' list at # 27 along with Richmond's Justin Harper and Georgia Tech's Iman Shumpert. He also noted that the Nets would love to see Nikola Vucevic, the only legitimate seven-footer in the draft, drop to them, but that's getting highly unlikely as the USC center is now at the gates of the lottery.
Other players tapped by the mocks for the Nets first round pick include Chandler Parsons, Florida's 6'10" point forward (Draft Express); Reggie Jackson, Boston College's point guard (ESPN); Charles Jenkins, Hofstra' 6'3" shooting guard (NBC Sports); Davis Bertans, The 18-year-old Latvia sharpshooter (NBA Draft.net); Kyle Singler, the cerebral Duke SF (Athlon Sports); Tyler Honeycutt, the 6'8" UCLA forward (Pro Basketball News) and Harper (SB Nation). In ESPN's first second round mock, the Nets take Bojan Bogdanovic, 6'7" SG out of Croatia.
And yes, it is subject to change.
- 2011 Mock Draft - Jonathan Givony - Draft Express
- 2011 Mock Draft - Aran Smith - NBADraft.net
- 2011 NBA draft: Chad Ford's NBA Mock Draft 6.0 - Chad Ford - ESPN
2011 NBA Mock Draft: It's Draft Week, And We've Reached Panic Mode - Tom Ziller - SB Nation
2011 mock draft 4.0 - Jonathan Givony - Yahoo! Sports
- 2011 Mock Draft 3.0 - Sam Amick - Sports Illustrated
- 2011 Mock: Kanter rises as Top 3 prize - Tony Mejia - Pro Basketball News
- 2011 NBA Mock Draft - 6.0 - Steve Alexander - NBC Sports
Athlon's 2011 NBA Mock Draft - Athlon Sports