We're still about the Draft which is now 11 days away. Rumors will fly and rightly so, word is that Draft Night will be insane, with trades of players and picks. It may take a day or two for the dust to settle.
The Nets will work out 24 players this week, bringing the total by week's end to 54 ... with another week to go. There's no solid first rounder in this week's batch of players and a handful of second rounders. The majority will go undrafted. The final week could be interesting, with Rashad Vaughn and Joseph Young expected in.
But what have we learned this week? Anything?
Draft Sleeper of the Week
How could we have missed it?! (Slaps head). How could we have not seen this?!? All this sturming and dranging and speculating on the likes of Brazilian teenagers with braces!
What about Anthony Brown of Stanford? If you go by logic, by history, you'd have to say the 6'7" swingman checks all the Nets --and Billy King's-- boxes.
--Mature, articulate (x)
--Third or fourth year player (x)
--Big college program (x)
--Good defender (x)
And oh yeah, he's repped by Jeff Schwartz's firm, Excel Sports Management.
Brown has also shown that he has the character to recover from serious setbacks, as Draft Express lays out...
Anthony Brown was a highly regarded recruit out of high school, but spent most of his first two seasons as a solid, but unspectacular role player for the Stanford Cardinal. To make matters worse, his junior season was derailed due to a congenital hip condition that required surgery and forced him to sit out for the entire year. He was all but an afterthought by the time he suited up as a redshirt junior in 2013-2014.
What happened next took everybody by surprise. Brown emerged as a 46% 3-point shooter and was an essential component to Stanford's Sweet 16 run on his way to being named the Pac-12's Most Improved Player. No longer a surprise and finally playing up to his high school potential, scouts will want to see whether Brown's breakout season was something he can build off towards showing he's worthy of a NBA roster spot as a senior.
In that same vein, Brown showed a certain confidence (within a certain humility) in his comments to Nets cameras during the workout.
"Every team needs something different," said Brown who was seeking joking around with Lionel Hollins. "For me, I want to be a 3-and-D guy. So just going around allows me to showcase my work with multiple teams and whichever team likes me the best, I'll try to fit in."
Although Draft Express hasn't put together one of their comprehensive video analyses on Brown, but it did a film study of a game between Stanford and Arizona and thus between Brown and Stanley Jones, projected as a high lottery pick and a good defender in his own right. Brown held his own.
"Right now if you sign a player (to the D-League) somebody else can sign them," Kaplan said. "At least give the parent club the first right of refusal."
Kaplan and the Grizziles got stunk that way this past season, when the Miami Heat signed Hassan Whiteside after just a few games in the D-League. The Grizzlies got no compensation. Once the Heat moved on Whiteside, the issue --and the promising center-- was out of their hands.
Bottom line for Kaplan. "If you look at how many impact players are truly developed (in the D-League), it’s like having another draft pick, or two or three per team," Kaplan said. "What is the value of that? It’s a lot more than what the hybrid costs."
That should resonate with the Nets brass. Expect more info on Brooklyn's D-League plans soon.