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The Draft

Posted on: May 23, 2009 7:07 am
As someone who was there when the Nets were awful (pre-Kenyon Martin), I hate seeing them on their current path. Sure, Devin Harris and Brook Lopez have given fans that ray of hope that has kept them interested in the team, but they won't be enough, even when they hit their prime. Vince Carter was the Nets' veteran leader, and to his credit, a good trooper last season. But beyond those three, is a full roster of guys who wouldn't touch the floor if they were on a team like the Lakers, Nuggets, Magic, or Cavaliers

So what are my hopes and dreams for the Nets? Well, lets start with the draft since that comes first.

As of now, the Nets are slated for the 11th pick and some "experts" have the Nets choosing guys like James Johnson, Earl Clark, or Johnny Flynn. If I HAD to pick with the 11th pick, and all three of those guys were available, I'd probably take Clark. Clark is a Jersey native who is more of a SF, and I'd rather take the SF being that Bobby Simmons, Trenton Hassell, and Jarvis Hayes will all be free agents after next season, leaving them with no SF depth on the roster. Meanwhile, Josh Boone, Yi Jianlian, Sean Williams, Ryan Anderson, and Eduardo Najera could all be back after next year. Adding a guy like James Johnson would just add to their already jammed front-court and Clark averaged more rebounds per game than Johnson last season anyway. Flynn would be insurance for Harris who is proving to be unreliable to play a full 82 game season. I like that idea, but Keyon Dooling proved to be a decent back-up point guard, and I'd rather trade down and get a guy like Ty Lawson, or Darren Collison than use the #11 on Flynn.

So what would I do? If I were Kiki/Thorn, I'd stay away from that 11th pick. With the exception of Andris Biedrins, the 11th spot hasn't produced a difference maker, and the Nets already have a full roster of role players. Like I said earlier, outside of Carter/Harris/Lopez, and maybe Dooling, no one else on the Nets' roster would touch the floor for a contender and the last thing the Nets need is another role player.

What they need is a guy who deserves to be in the starting roster, and they have several options.

First option, trade the pick to move up in the draft. Blake Griffin is a guy who can be that impact player within the next couple seasons. I know I contradicted myself just now because Griffin is a PF and I already said that the Nets have too many big men, but in order to move up in the draft, the Nets would have to include at least one big man in their package. Josh Boone, Sean Williams, and Ryan Anderson are all options. To move up, the Nets would need to offer a very nice package to make it worth it for the Clippers to trade down, but the Nets have two picks in next year's draft to go along with this year's 11th pick, a future pick from the Warriors from the Marcus Williams trade, and a bunch of role players that the Clippers desperately need.

If any team is willing to trade the #1 pick in this year's draft, it's the Clippers because they are already have approximately $34 million in salaries due to their big men Marcus Camby, Chris Kaman, and Zach Randolph. Zach Randolph is too slow to play SF and despite the rumors that they'll be able to trade him, I think that option is nearly impossible. I went down the line of every team, and I can't find a team with the cap, or real need for Randolph and his $16 million contract next season ($17.33 million in 2010-2011). Unfortunately for the Clippers, Isiah Thomas is now coaching college basketball so there isn't an executive dumb enough to make that trade. Then you have to consider that with guys like Camby, Kaman, and Baron Davis, this team has the talent to make a run in the playoffs now, if they can stay healthy. So why have a set back adding Griffin to the roster? They are already inexperienced at SG with Eric Gordon and at SF with Al Thornton. They need a guy like Keyon Dooling to come off the bench, and a couple more solid bench players, because as of now their bench comprises of Ricky Davis, Mardy Collins, DeAndre Jordan, and Mike Taylor. In my opinion, drafting Blake Griffin doesn't make sense for the Clippers right now.

If the Nets can't trade up and get Griffin, I would then want them to trade down. After Griffin, with the exception of Thabeet and Hill, the best guys on the board are guards and I wouldn't mortgage the Nets' future on guys like Thabeet or Hill. Like I said earlier, I would trade down to the early 20's and pick up a guy like Lawson or Collison, someone who could slot in as a true back-up point guard or at worst be the #3 PG on the depth chart. I'm sick of hearing that their #3 PG is Trenton Hassell.

The final option would be to trade out of the draft for a guy like Thabo Sefolosha. He may not be a household name, but he's a SG/SF that can do a little of everything, including playing exceptional defense. For the fantasy sports lovers, he can fill a box score if he gets playing time (he averaged 8.5 ppg, 5.2 rebs, 2 asts, 1.7 stls, 1.1 blks, and shot decent percentages with OKC).

Another option would be to trade for a guy like Josh Howard from the Mavericks. Yes, he's injury prone and has a questionable attitude, but his ability and contract would fit perfectly for the Nets. When healthy, he's a great SF, and could be a great player for the Nets. Contractually, he has a team option after next season, so if they think they can get a superstar player like a Lebron, they can opt out of his contract, if not, they can retain him and go after a guy like Carmello Anthony in 2011. Either way, a starting lineup of Harris, Carter, Howard, and Lopez is a major upgrade over last season's lineup.

My fear for the Nets is that they have the same season as they did in the last. Because 13 out of the 15 guys on their previous roster are returning, they have to make those two vacant spots count. Because of the economy, I don't see them improving via free agency, so a sign-and-trade is the Nets' only option to get a superstar player. They can trade a guy like Bobby Simmons and his enormous contract for Howard, or Shawn Marion, or whoever, but I'll leave that discussion for a future blog. If they do keep their 11th pick and draft a guy like James Johnson and sign a mediocre role player to the 15th spot, this Nets team will be no different, if anything worse than last year's team because teams like the Wizards and Bucks will be substantially better if their superstars can stay healthy.

Category: NBA

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 26, 2009 4:33 am

The Draft

Well the draft is over, thanks to all who contributed. Being that the Nets traded Vince Carter, the pick makes sense.

More to come in my next blog installment, The Off-Season.

Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 24, 2009 2:57 am

The Draft

Well Ford's new mock draft has the Nets taking Flynn at 11, but that should change sometime Wednesday thanks to the Wolves-Wizards trade.

Unfortunately, trading for the #5 pick and getting expiring contracts is out the door, so now I would want the Nets to trade their pick to the Bulls for their two first rounders, 16 and 26. 

I like Flynn, but the fact is they'd be picking him to be a back-up. This draft is so weak that the talent pool is so even, that it's going to be a flip of a coin to see who will be a bust and who won't. I'd rather take a guy like Terrence Williams, DeJuan Blair, or Earl Clark at 16, and then a guy like Collison, Ellington, Calathes, or Mills at 26.

Though, I would like Kiki to wait if he was going to do this trade. I don't think many people expected Brook Lopez to drop to the Nets at 10, so a guy like Hill is still a possibility. If Flynn does fall to the Nets at eleven, some teams willing to over pay for him may appear too.


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Since: Mar 19, 2009
Posted on: June 19, 2009 10:05 pm
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Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 19, 2009 2:58 am

The Draft

Read my last post. I said if Flynn's available, the Nets should get him. I know that in my original post I said that I didn't want the Nets to take him with the 11th pick, but that was posted nearly a month ago and more information has come out about him, like pre-draft work outs.

At this point, I'd take who ever drops to them at 11. Blake Griffin, Rubio, Harden, and Thabeet are definitely going to be gone by 11, probably by the fifth pick, and Tyreke Evans and Stephen Curry will be gone too. So if Hill, Holiday, Jennings, DeRozan, or Flynn drop to them, take them. Jennings is the most likely to drop.

As far as trading Devin Harris to get Blake Griffin, I'm not for it. Going into last summer, I posted on CBS that I thought Devin Harris was a top 10 point guard after seeing him play the few games with the Nets. He's obviously great offensively, but he's just as good, if not better, defensively. After being traded from the Mavs, Deron Williams said that he was glad that he wouldn't have to play Harris as much. He's has great speed and height to guard every point guard in the league. He gives the Nets a great asset, and while I'm all for selling high to a team willing to over-pay, I don't think it's worth trading Harris for an unproven PF. For every Dwight Howard, there's an Andrea Bargnani. It's so hard to find a quality point guard, even though Harris is really a shooting guard in a point guard's body. If Harris works on his turnovers problem, he'd be that much better in my eyes.

I would be willing to trade a decling asset like Vince Carter for Griffin at this point, but it doesn't look like the Clippers have any intention of trading their pick anyway. I heard that if they were going to trade the #1 pick, the team acquiring it would have to take on Randolph's contract. No thank you. At least Vince Carter has his head on straight and is a team leader, Randolph is on path to be in jail soon and the Nets already have Sean Williams for that.

If I was Kiki, I would take the best player on the board, see if any team in the late teens or early 20's wants him, and trade the player taken with the 11th pick for a late pick, and take a guy like Ty Lawson. To complete the trade I would then have the other team take Trenton Hassell and his contract off their hands or see if any one will take Sean Williams off their hands so the Nets can use his roster spot with someone who actually has a clue on how to play basketball the right way.

My second option would be for the Nets to trade up to the Wizard's spot, if Harden's available, and take him. Chad Ford actually proposed this trade, Carter for the #5 pick, Etan Thomas, Mike James, and Darius Songalia. I'd do that in a heart beat if Harden is available at 5. The Nets would take on two expiring contracts in Thomas, and James, while Songalia's contract ends in two years and isn't horrible. The Nets would then have a core of Harris, Harden, and Lopez, and plenty of cap room to go after guys like LBJ, Bosh, Amare, etc. Imagine a lineup of Harris, Harden, LBJ, Bosh, and Lopez? That would not only be a championship caliber team, but one that would be young enough to compete for many years.

This team is going to be a 35 win team regardless of who they pick, even if it is Griffin, and I've already come to terms with that. I'd rather them be in a great postion for the future unlike the Bobcats who already destroyed there's with their horrible contracts. The Trail Blazers have the model for success which is building with youth and from the ground up, and I think that the Thunder will be a playoff team very soon. By trading Vince and drafting Harden, the Nets will take the next step in building a team that could compete in the future and for a long time. I don't see this happening, unfortunately, but one could dream.

Since: Nov 6, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2009 11:25 pm

The Draft

U guys are retarted.  If you have a chance to get Flynn get him.  He's the real deal.  Why can't Carter play the tre?  A Flynn and Harris backcourt could wreck havoc.  Earl Clark is a bum.  He's a huge underachiever. 

Since: Dec 23, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2009 9:02 pm

The Draft

I have had enough with the mock drafts. There is no one in this years draft that will make an impact like Blake Griffen.  The Nets will have the same season like they did last year with anyone in this years draft other than BG. You might find the needle in the haystack but don't count on it.  They have to make a BIG TIME trade to do so. They can replace Devin with CDR. Package Devin along with any of the other role players/expiring contracts and you can get BG. They (Clippers)  would get an NBA all star and we would be greatly improved going into the next year and a promising future going into the big free agency year.
Take the Nets roster, if you don't get Blake, who else could they possibly get that could make a difference this year. The Nets are a roster full of role players.  THEY NEED A STUD!
Imagine- Vince, CDR, Blake, YI (I can't believe I just wrote him) and Lopez. If YI can step up (toughen up) and hit his open shots, that is not a bad starting five. All super young studs with VC as their jockey and role players to fill their rolls.

Your looking at a 30-35 win season if you stay put and draft at 11.  Think out of the box, trade your one All-Star and become a 40-45 win team with a more promising future and maybe a desire for a Big Free Agent to come to the swamp, Newark or God forbid Brooklyn.


Since: Apr 16, 2008
Posted on: June 17, 2009 11:06 am

The Draft

So Chad Ford has had Tyler Hansbrough as the Nets' pick with the 11th pick in his last two mock draft's and I'm not too happy with the thought of the Nets drafting another role player at the PF position. With Anderson, Najera, Yi, Sean Williams, and Josh Boone under contract next year, I don't see why it's necessary to draft another PF to fight for 10 minutes of playing time.

To play PG/SG, the Nets have Harris, Dooling, Carter, and CDR and Harris has shown that he's not reliable to play 82 games, and both Carter and Dooling battled small injuries last year and I have a feeling Carter is close to another big knee injury. I can't stand it when Hassell played PG, so I would like for the Nets to draft either Flynn (if he's available) or Jennings with the 11th pick, or trade down to 18 or 21 and take either Teague of Lawson.

The draft class is so weak this year that no one the Nets take at 11 will be a long-term solution, so the Nets should at least add depth to a shallow position. Psycho-T is probably not getting the credit he deserves, but if they really really like him, don't reach for him at 11. From what I've been reading, a lot of teams may be willing to trade up/down, so they shouldn't have to reach.

Since: Jun 16, 2009
Posted on: June 16, 2009 9:16 pm

The Draft

I actually had no intention of reading this but good thoughts like the input. Anyway since I can't post here because i'm not an All-star. . . Go to and find mdog1357's blog to find a look ahead to the draft and free agency for all 30 NBA teams.

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:24 am

The Draft

I'll second that. GO NJ Nets.  

Since: Jun 30, 2008
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:21 am

The Draft

Love  the Post Steeler Fan.

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