Mock drafts really don't matter much until after the Draft Lottery, which as every Knick fan knows is o-v-e-r. Now, with all 30 teams in place for both rounds, it's time to take a look at who draftniks think will be called at Nos. 29 and 41.
Although the Nets have serious interest in a point guard, as evidenced by who they talked with at the Draft Combine, there's a variety of positions being suggested by the big draft sites. The draftniks think that point guards Terry Rozier of Louisville, power forward Chris McCullough of Syracuse and shooting guard Rashad Vaughn of UNLV are likely picks along with power forward Cliff Anderson of Kansas and point guard Delon Wright of Utah (if he's still around) also get some votes.
ESPN's Chad Ford has the Nets taking Rozier, who's a bit undersized at 6'2", in the first round. As Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York writes, quoting Ford...
Rozier could bring toughness and strong defense to Brooklyn. Plus, point guards Deron Williams (two years, $43 million remaining on his contract, unless he opts out in the summer of 2016) and Jarrett Jack (two years, $12.6 million remaining on his contract with a $500,000 partial guarantee for 2016-17) are not expected to be with the team long-term.
Draft Express projects the Nets will take McCollough, who's listed at 6'11" and Alexander, two inches shorter, as the Nets picks, after weeks of thinking they'd take a chance of George Lucas de Paula. He's since dropped into the 50's with very divided opinion emerging after the Combine. McCollough tore his ACL last January and is only starting to run right now. He was in Chicago for the Combine but only for measurements and interviews.
Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated likes McCollough for the Nets as well...
An ACL injury in January crippled McCullough’s stock. Pre-injury, McCullough was an athletic, shot-blocking forward with a sound shooting stroke. If he lives up to his potential, he could be a steal here.
Other than Rozier, McCollough and Alexander, draftniks like 18-year-old shooting guard Vaughn out of UNLV. NBC Sports projects him at No. 29, as does RotoWorld.
Brooklyn is another team that can use help at almost every position, and while I think they could really use some help at point guard, they are tied up with Deron Williams and Jarrett Jack for the next few seasons. They can certainly use some more shooting, and Vaughn could develop in a couple of years into a consistent NBA three-point threat.
The venerable NBADraft.net has them going the Vaughn's teammate, 6'10" power forward Christian Wood, in round 1 and J.P. Tokoto of North Carolina in the second. The Nets did speak with Tokoto in Chicago.
Locally, Tim Bontemps of the Post thinks Delon Wright would an ideal choice and the Nets do like him.
The Nets have a need for defense at the point, and Wright — who is 6-foot-5 with a 6-foot-7½ wingspan — can give them some of what they lost when free agent Shaun Livingston left.
But most other drafts have him moving up quickly to the high 20's, with Chad Ford saying if he was 19 instead of 23 (and a finished product, in scouts' eyes), he'd be top 10. As far as who the Nets will work out when they start bringing in players next week, only one name has come out so far. Oregon's Joseph Young, a point guard, is scheduled for June 11, says his agent.
- NBA Mock Draft 2015 roundup: Could Nets get Syracuse's Chris McCullough? - Charles Curtis - NJ.com
- Draft preview: Brooklyn projected to take Louisville's Rozier - Mike Mazzeo - ESPN New York