By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on May 1, 2014
The Brooklyn Nets don't currently possess a first-round pick in the 2014 draft thanks to the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade this past offseason. but that doesn't mean they can't eventually find a way to get a pick. Unfortunately, unless they are willing to part with Euro stash Bojan Bogdanovic, the Nets likely don't have the assets to trade for a first-rounder. But one thing they can do is buy a late first-rounder to take one of these guys.
Glenn Robinson III, the son of former Bucks forward Glenn "Big Dog" Robinson, declared early for the draft and will likely hear his name called in the latter portion of the first round/early second round. With the potential for both Paul Pierce and Andrei Kirilenko to sign elsewhere this offseason, the Nets would be wise to find a contingency plan on the wing. The hard-driving Robinson, who's a willing defender, could fit right in.
McDaniels was one of the best defenders in the country this season, and his length and athleticism allow him to guard players both bigger and smaller than him. McDaniels also happens to play small forward, where the Nets may potentially lose a player or two this offseason, so he could be a good backup to Andrei Kirilenko signing elsewhere. McDaniels' offensive game is solid and he's very active on the boards for a SF.
Mario Hezonja is one of the top international prospects, and this ultra-athletic wing with an accurate long-range game could find himself being selected late in the first round and being left in Europe to develop. The Nets are no strangers to buying picks to acquire overseas players, as they did just that a few years back with fellow Croatian Bojan Bogdanovic. The win-now Nets need to find some future assets, so this strategy could make sense.
If the Nets can get a pick late in the first round, a top target could be T.J.Warren. While Warren is a bit of a tweener, he can score with the best of them in this draft class. Warren looks to be a bigger small forward and, if Paul Pierce decides to sign elsewhere, he could adequately replace the scoring burden. Of course, Warren's defensive acumen has come into question, so the Nets would have to be comfortable with that aspect of his game.
Elfrid Payton largely flew under the radar at Louisiana-Lafayette, but he turned some heads with his play against Creighton in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Payton's offensive game is pretty much relegated to close-range plays as he's a subpar outside shooter, but with Shaun Livingston possibly going elsewhere in free agency, the Nets could use Payton's length and tenacity on defense, as well as his ball-handling skills.
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