In a draft that surprised both in terms of picks and trades, the Nets traded for Providence's MarShon Brooks, the second leading scorer in the NCAA this past season; then bought the rights to Croatia's Bojan Bogdanovic from the Timberwolves and finally drafted Jordan Williams out of Maryland.
The Nets sent draft rights for JaJuan Johnson, taken at #27, along with a 2014 second rounder, to Boston for Brooks, who the Celtics had taken at #25. Shortly after completing that trade, the Nets purchased Bogdanovic's rights from the Timberwolves. He's a 6'8" swingman. To complete the deal, the Nets sent Minny a 2013 second rounder. Bogdanovic, a Croatian, was second highest scorer in the Euroleague.
Finally, the Nets used their own #36 pick to take Williams a 6'10" power forward, who averaged 17.2 ppg and 11.5 rpg (third in the NCAA) last season but has long battled weight and conditioning issues.
Word of the Brooks deal first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski as the Celtics picked Brooks. Nets insiders thought early in the draft process that Brooks has as much upside as anyone in the draft, but he never worked out for them, having hurt his ankle just before a scheduled trip to New Jersey. The Nets had also thought early on that Bogdanovic, 21, had first round talent.
- NBA Draft 2011: Nets trade up with Boston Celtics to draft MarShon Brooks - Colin Stephenson - Star-Ledger
- Brooks deal keys big night for Nets - Fred Kerber - New York Post
Nets Fill Needs on Draft Night - Al Iannazzone - In the 'Zzone
- Nets trade up to get Providence's Marshon Brooks - Al Iannazzone - The Record
- Meet the newest Nets - Al Iannazzone - The Record
Trades, picks result in solid draft for Nets - Al Iannazzone - The Nets Insider
Nets trade with Celtics for Providence guard Marshon Brooks - Stefan Bondy - New York Daily News
- Nets get G Brooks from Celtics in draft day trade - Tom Canavan - AP
- Nets Swap Picks to Get Providence Star - Kevin Clark - Wall Street Journal
- Nets Have Busy N.B.A. Draft Night - Mark Viera - New York Times
Nets Team Report - Sports Xchange
- NETS: 2011 NETS Draft Central - NETS Trade for Brooks, Draft Williams - Ben Couch - New Jersey Nets
- NETS VIDEO: 2011 Draft Central - Billy King on MarShon Brooks - New Jersey Nets
NETS VIDEO: 2011 Draft Central - Billy King on Jordan Williams - New Jersey Nets
GEICO SportsNite: Nets acquire Marshon Brooks (Video) - SNY
Maryland's Williams drafted in second round - Comcasts SportsNet Washington
- Nets trade for Marshon Brooks - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
Post draft: A look at the Nets - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Nets trade up, get Brooks - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Nets acquire Bogdanovic - Jared Zwerling - ESPN New York
- Rapid Reaction: Nets pick Jordan Williams at 36 - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York
- C's trade out at No. 25 - Chris Forsberg - ESPN Boston
2011 NBA Draft Results: Nets Trade For Marshon Brooks, SG, Providence - Ryan Jones - SB Nation New York