With a limited amount of wiggle room, general manager Billy King did what he could for the Brooklyn Nets Thursday night at the NBA Draft. The host team could not be shut out in front of their Brooklyn fans.
The Nets entered the evening without any selections, but King bought his way into the latter half of the second round. With the three picks, the Nets selected Markel Brown (44th pick) and acquired Xavier Thames and Cory Jefferson. Thames and Jefferson were the final two picks of the Draft.
While none of these players is assured a place on the roster, the Nets at least have a few intriguing prospects to throw into the mix come preseason. Thames went the distance at San Diego State, averaging roughly 17 ppg and 3 apg for an NCAA Tournament entrant. Jefferson, the Baylor product, is a project with a raw and undeveloped frame. He accounted for 14 and 8 for the Bears in 2013-14.
Brown is the most interesting prospect. He teamed up with Marcus Smart to form one of the most imposing backcourts in the country with the Oklahoma State Sooners. The Nets purchased the pick from the Minnesota Timberwolves for $1 million. Brown can shoot but also displays the kind of athleticism that could help him factor into Jason Kidd's rotation at some point if given the opportunity.
The Nets struck gold with Mason Plumlee last season, and hope that at least one of these project picks will pan out in the near future. The team also has its pick from a number of undrafted free agents who can fill out a summer league roster.
NCAA impact players like DeAndre Kane (Iowa State), James McAdoo (North Carolina), and CJ Fair (Syracuse) went undrafted.
Andrew Wiggins, the Kansas phenom, was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Duke's Jabari Parker went second overall to the Milwaukee Bucks.