Brooklyn Nets 2014 NBA Draft Profile: Glenn Robinson III

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The Brooklyn Nets don’t own a pick in this year’s NBA Draft, but GM Billy King said he’s going to try to buy his way into the draft and make a pick to improve the team.

A player the Nets should look at is Glenn Robinson III, the hyper-athletic forward out of the University of Michigan. The 6-foot-7, 211-pound swingman interesting because he has an NBA pedigree. His dad Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson was drafted No. 1 overall 20 years ago. Unlike his father, Robinson still has developing to do and isn’t NBA ready.

He is athletic, can be explosive, and had good length with a 6-foot-10 wingspan. The sophomore was very inconsistent and at times seemed very passive when asked upon to carry the team. Robinson III averaged 13.1 PPG and 4.4 RPG on 49 percent shooting.

In the NBA, he will have to get stronger and shooting. He only shot 31 percent from behind the arc. In college, he was also asked to play out of position. He played a lot of power forward and center for an offensive-minded Michigan team.

Robinson III is projected to be a late-first or early-second round pick, so the Nets would have to get really high into the draft in order to select him. The Nets should draft him because they are in need of youth and athleticism, and he would bring both of those to the team. He is not as good a shooter as Tim Hardaway Jr. from last season, but the Nets could use the young swingman.

The Nets offer him a chance to develop and grow under player like Joe Johnson and Paul Pierce, if Pierce returns for next season. With Alan Anderson opting out and Andrei Kirilenko opting in, he may not play much, but he’ll definitely have a chance to learn under some very highly regarded players.

More than anything else, the Nets can use a small forward to develop for the future.

Eddie Santiago is a Brooklyn Nets writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+.

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