By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on June 12, 2014
Despite not possessing a first-round pick in the 2014 draft due to the Paul Pierce/Kevin Garnett trade this past offseason, the Brooklyn Nets are likely to use their financial wherewithal to buy a late 1st/early 2nd-round pick. General manager Billy King has a history of buying picks in the latter stages of the draft; if he chooses to go down that road again, these are the five prospects the Nets should avoid.
The Nets are no strangers to grabbing international stashes with their later picks, but with the win-now nature of their current roster, they might be better off selecting someone who has the chance to contribute immediately. Bogdanovic could spend another few seasons in Europe to develop, and the Nets have already had trouble getting past selection Bojan Bogdanovic (no relation) to come over, so they'll likely be wary of taking another European.
Nick Johnson had a nice career at Arizona and led the Wildcats to within seconds of reaching the Final Four. Johnson declared for the draft, but that decision may have been a bit shortsighted as many pundits have him in the 2nd round or out of the draft altogether. Johnson is a smallish combo guard who is more of a scorer than a distributor and his size makes him a liability against bigger defenders. Because of this, Brooklyn should stay away.
Kyle Anderson is one of the most polarizing prospects in this year's draft. Some see him as a player whose size and skill set will create mismatches all over the court, while others believe he's too slow to handle perimeter players in the NBA at either small forward or point guard. Anderson's also not a plus outside shooter, which limits his offensive repertoire, and his lack of a true position could be enough to dissuade teams from taking him.
A few seasons ago, James Michael McAdoo was considered a lock to be a lottery pick, but his star has faded greatly since then. McAdoo's off-the-charts athleticism hasn't been enough to hide his inability to shine on either end of the court, and as an undersized four, he could find himself falling precipitously on draft day. The Nets don't need projects at this point, so they'd be wise to steer clear of McAdoo.
Jerami Grant is another player who was perhaps a bit overzealous in declaring for the draft. Grant had a solid season for Syracuse, but his game needs a lot of work and most don't see him going in the top 20 on draft night. While it's unlikely Grant will make it to a point where the Nets would have a shot at him, his complete lack of an offensive game beyond tip-ins and drives would likely turn the team off from picking him if they had a shot.
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