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Mocks think Marks will take risks in Draft

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Sean Marks has said he likes having two first round picks because it offers him “flexibility” and “another swing” at the draft, code works for risk-taking in our humble opinion

Those who make up mock drafts apparently have taken notice. These draftniks have the Nets taking chances on 19-year-old draft-and-stashes like Rodions Kurucs of Latvia and Isaiah Hartenstein of Germany as well as 18-year-old U.S. products like Hamidou Diallo out of Kentucky or oft-injured Harry Giles of Duke. There are some who think Marks will go for traditional, more experienced college players like Ivan Rabb of Cal, but the consensus is that the Nets will go for it at Nos. 22 and 27.

And, it should come as no surprise to those who track Marks and Trajan Langdon’s travels that the Nets will at least consider international players on June 22 . One mock has them taking two European projectts.

Things have changed a bit since our last Draft Watch. Juwan Evans, the diminutive Oklahoma State point guard, was the most popular pick for the Nets. Four players are listed on more than one mock: Giles, Rabb, Hartenstein and Texas freshman point guard Andrew Jones are all on two. Hartenstein, who Nets assistant coach Chris Fleming has coached in Germany, is on three, the most of any prospect.

Here’s a summary of the latest mocks. Some project the first round only, others the complete draft. The Nets will select at Nos. 22, 27 and 57.

Draft Express

Rodions Kurucs F.C. Barcelona, 6’9” SF

Harry Giles, Duke, freshman, 6’11” C

Nigel Hayes, Wisconsin, senior, 6’7” PF


Ivan Rabb, California, junior, 6’11” PF

Andrew Jones, Texas, freshman, 6’5” PG

Dwayne Bacon, Florida State, sophomore, 6’7” SG

Justin Jackson, North Carolina, junior, 6’8” SF

Dillon Brooks, Oregon, junior, 6’6” SF


Ivan Rabb, California, junior, 6’11” PF

Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky, freshman, 6’5” SG

Joel Berry, North Carolina, junior, 6’0” PG

Sports Illustrated

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue, sophomore, 6’9” PF

Bam Adebayo, Kentucky, freshman, 6’10” PF/C

Bleacher Report

Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas, 7’0” C

Mathias Lessort, Nanterre, 6’9” PF

Basketball Insiders

Ike Anigbogu, UCLA, 6’10” C-PF

Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas, 7’0” C

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State, 6’7” PF

Harry Giles, Duke, Freshman, 6’11” C

Andrew Jones, Texas, freshman, 6’5” PG


Isaiah Hartenstein, Zalgiris Kaunas, 7’0” C

Juwan Evans, Oklahoma State, 6’0” PG

Some additional notes:

The have $3.4 million they can use to purchase picks. Last year, the Nets used $3 million of their cash considerations and the 55th pick to move up to No. 42 and take Isaiah Whitehead. Don’t be surprised if that happens this year as well.

NBA rosters this season can include two two-way players shared with D-League affiliates, so second round picks are likely to be more valuable in this year’s draft. The details of how the Nets can use the two-way players can be found in our story on the big changes coming to the Long Island Nets.