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The Nets head into All-Star Weekend with the six seed in the East, a good thing. So their first round pick —the first they control since 2013— won’t be lottery. As of now, it’s No. 17. Not so good in a reportedly weak draft. Such is the ying and yang of the NBA.

We’ll take it.

Beyond that, the Nets have two other picks, the Nuggets first, currently No. 27, and the Knicks second, currently No. 31. They are one of five teams with multiple firsts — the Hawks (5, 11), Cavaliers (3, 22), Celtics (18, 24) and Spurs (19, 28) are the others. No team has more first rounders than they do.

Moreover, in the Draft Power Rankings, based on the sum of their pick values, Tankathon puts Brooklyn at No. 8, but first among teams currently playoff-bound.

So, as we’ve always said, it’s never too early to think about the Draft. In that light, here are the latest mocks. There’s not much uniformity ... at least where the Nets will be picking. Two mocks have them taking Bol Bol, the Oregon seven-footer who’s out for the season; and Arizona State’s Lugentz Dort, a 6’5” freshman shooting guard, in the first round while two mocks have them picking Isaiah Roby, the 6’8” PF out of Nebraska, at 31.

ESPN (February 13)

17. P.J. Washington, 6’8” PF, Kentucky, sophomore

27. Lugentz Dort, 6’5” SG, Arizona State, freshman

31. Isaiah Roby, 6’8” PF, Nebraska, junior

NBADraft.net (February 9)

17. Daniel Gafford, 6’10” C, Arkansas, sophomore

27. Tre Jones, 6’2” PG, Duke, freshman

31. Ty Jerome, 6’5” PG, Virginia, junior

Sports Illustrated (February 12)

17. Bol Bol, 7’2” C, Oregon, freshman

27. Tyler Herro, 6’5” SG, Kentucky, freshman

31. Louis King, 6’9” SF, Oregon, freshman

Tankathon (February 13)

17. Jontay Porter, 6’11” PF, Missouri, sophomore

27. Shamorie Ponds, 6’1” PG, St. John’s, junior

31. Isaiah Roby, 6’8” PF, Nebraska, junior

Basketball Insiders (February 12)

17. Sekou Doumbouya, 6’9” PF, Limoges (France), 18 years old

27, Jalen McDaniels, 6’10” PF, San Diego State, sophomore

31. Bruno Fernando, 6’10” PF, Maryland, sophomore

Bleacher Report (February 8)

17. KZ Okpala, 6’9” SF/PF, Stanford, sophomore

27. Goga Bitadze, 7’0” C, Georgia, 19 years old

Fansided (February 8)

17. Bol Bol, 7’2” C, Oregon, freshman

27. Lugentz Dort, 6’5” SG, Arizona State, freshman