The Brooklyn Nets do not have a pick in next week’s NBA Draft, but general manager Billy King has expressed interest in acquiring a pick either late in the first or in the second round. King has said there are players that he likes in this draft and that he won’t be hesitant to buy a pick and draft one.
Joe Harris is a 6-foot-6, 215 pound guard/forward out of Virginia. Harris is a rare four-year starter who probably could have come out last season and been drafted as well. He averaged 16.3 points as a junior, decided to stay, and saw a decrease in his numbers. He averaged 12 points per game and helped lead the Cavaliers to an ACC Title.
Harris is an amazing shooter with a lightning quick release who made more than 40 percent from the 3-point arc three of the four years he was at Virginia. He lacks elite athleticism, but has the ability to be a knock down shooter off the bench and a good rotational player for years to come.
At this point, Harris is projected to go in the late first round to early second round of the draft. While Harris is 22-years-old and not very athletic, the Nets certainly could use him on the team. Jason Kidd wants to spread the floor with shooting and size. Harris has both of those, and could possibly be the best defender in the draft.
With Alan Anderson possibly opting out of his contract with the Nets and moving on, Harris can fill his role as a three-and-D guy off the bench.