Nets take Tony Snell in latest ESPN Mock Draft

Jeff Bottari

Chad Ford's fifth mock draft has the Nets taking Tony Snell, a 6'7" forward out of New Mexico

With new mock drafts being released with regularity, the Nets #22 pick changes just as often ... with no consensus. In five mocks, ESPN's Chad Ford has had five different prospects taken by Brooklyn. As Chad Ford tweeted Wednesday morning...

The names Ford has associated with the Nets have ranged from draft-and-stash candidates to potential lottery picks who might slide come draft night. With that being said, Ford's latest mock draft on ESPN (subscription required) has the Nets slated to take Tony Snell of New Mexico, a player whose draft stock has increased of late.

Ford writes:

"Snell quietly is flying up the draft boards after a series of terrific workouts. He's in play now with Chicago, Utah, Brooklyn and Indiana. The appeal? He's a super athletic wing with NBA length and defensive abilities. He was very inconsistent at New Mexico, but I'm told numerous NBA teams love the talent. Tim Hardaway Jr. and Louisville's Gorgui Dieng also are in play here."

Indeed, Snell has been rising on teams' draft boards since the process began. In his chat Wednesday, Ford did add a caveat or two...and an interesting comparison.

He's definitely a guy who is rising very high based on workouts and his athletic profile. My concern is that he was a streaky shooter in college who didn't always play hard. That would give me pause. But then again, could've said the same thing about Paul George.

Ford is not the only one to take notice of Snell's possibilities. Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports sent this tweet out last week:

Snell had three-year career with the Lobos. This past season he posted 12.5 points per game while shooting 39% from beyond the arc. It's likely his three-point shooting abilities are why Ford slated him for Brooklyn. He can space the floor at the small forward position.

Snell is still developing as a player, though. He needs to work on his ball handling and fill into his frame. He weighs just 198 pounds. His athletic ability could help his draft stock. Bottom line: he could fit into a number of NBA rosters, like the Nets, a team in need of some explosiveness.

Among those Ford has available at #22 are Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga, Tony Mitchell of North Texas, Ricky Ledo of Providence, Rody Gobert of France, Tim Hardaway Jr. of Michigan, Gorgui Dieng of Louisville, Alex Abrines of Spain and Glen Rice Jr. of Georgia Tech and the D-League, Allen Crabbe of California and Jeff Withey of Kansas.

In four other mocks out over the last 24 hours, Draft Express has the Nets taking Sergei Karasev of Russia, NBADraft.net has them choosing Tony Mitchell at #22, Sports Illustrated has Shane Larkin of Miami going to the Nets and in an unlikely scenario, SLAM says it's Dennis Schroeder of Germany.

In his talk with Ian Eagle at the Barclays Center partners summit Tuesday, Billy King said the Nets will look into "acquiring other picks." He didn't provide details.

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