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Is Chris McCullough the biggest winner of Draft Night?

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The biggest winner after Thursday's moves may not be Caris LeVert or Isaiah Whitehead but Chris McCullough.  With the departure of Thaddeus Young, the Nets have one power forward under contract, McCullough.

The current roster features McCullough, a center, Brook Lopez, and a lot of swingmen and point guards: Jarrett Jack who has a team option due next Thursday; Wayne Ellington who has a player option due next Wednesday; Bojan Bogdanovic; Rondae Hollis-Jefferson; Sean Kilpatrick; LeVert; and Whitehead. The Nets also have until next Thursday to decide whether to make Willie Reed and Markel Brown restricted free agents.

As Leo Sepkowitz of SLAM writes, "following yesterday’s trade of Thaddeus Young, McCullough is in line for serious minutes as a sophomore." After  the 6'11" McCullough returned in February, he took his time getting acclimated to the NBA, by in April with Young mostly resting, he averaged 8 points, 5 boards, 2 steals and a three in 21 minutes a night.

Since then, he's been one of the Nets gym rats, working with Kenny Atkinson.

"It’s just been a grind. Me and my team getting in the gym, working hard every day," he told Sepkowitz Thursday night, adding of Atkinson, "Yeah! That’s my dude, man. Once he got there, we clicked. I’m working with him all the time, and he’s always in the gym, working hard. He reached out to me when he got hired, so we’re well connected now. It’s great."

McCullough also had praise for Young and Lopez, noting "I listen to everybody on the team, but they play my position, so they tell me how to work out, the right foods to eat—just the lifestyle of the NBA. Those are the two main guys, them two and Jarrett Jack."

The Nets can't be comfortable going forward with only McCullough who is, after all, just 21. They could bring Thomas Robinson back, although that's doubtful. Anthony Bennett might find the Nets more appealing, but he is the classic bust, despite his promise. Same with Jan Vesely, who the Nets may have interest in, according to reports.

After the Draft Thursday, Sean Marks told reporters, "We know who we're targeting out there and we'll see where it goes. Today we got to put some building blocks on the Nets roster and we'll see where it goes from here."

Indeed, we will.