Bobby Marks is, after 20 years behind the scenes and behind Rod Thorn, Kiki Vandeweghe and Billy King, a talking head, an expert who as the NBA Draft approaches is dropping wisdom. Now, he's not saying anything directly about who the Nets like --and who on ESPN, etc.-- cares right now about the 29th pick, but he's dropping some hints about what Brooklyn likes.
Marks told ESPN Upstate in North Carolina in mid-week that the Nets liked Devin Booker, the 6'6" shooting guard from Kentucky, "a lot," suggesting a player who Brooklyn might be targeting if they were somehow able to move up.
Saturday, Sports Center asked who he (and presumably his colleagues in the war room) liked as the sleeper in the Draft; He named Delon Wright, the 6'6" point guard who's been hovering around the 29th pick in mock drafts. Marks likes that Wright is big, mature at 23, and played in a pro system under former Nets assistant Larry Krystkowiak at Utah. Might Wright be a reasonable target for the Nets?
He's also laid some wisdom on Knicks fans about D'Angelo Russell, saying "I don’t look at him as a young kid who could take a couple years. Put him on the court right now and let him play. If he fell to 4, you take him, unplug your phone and call it a night.’’
He's noted that the Nets did a lot of scouting on Kristaps Porzingis (not they're going to get him) because one of his teammates in Spain was Xavier Thames, the Nets 59th pick last June. He's told ESPN New York and Sports Center what he thought after watching all those tapes of Sevilla. "Last year, we were able to see him a lot. Our scouts saw him up close. We saw him a lot of video and like that. He could be special. He really can. There could be real long term success for him."
Expect to hear more of him 12:30 ET Monday afternoon on ESPN Radio with Ryan Ruocco.