The Brooklyn Nets are still on tap for 3 picks in the June 20 NBA Draft, but our second NBA mock draft has a different look than the first from last month.
The NBA Draft Lottery is complete, with some surprises at the top as the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies came in tied for the seventh-best chance at the No. 1 pick and wound up with the top two picks for the June 20 affair at Barclays Center. This is our first NBA Mock Draft since the lottery order was set.
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The top of the draft appears to have solidified at the first through third picks, starting of course with Duke wunderkind Zion Williamson projected to head to the Big Easy with the No. 1 overall pick.
The Brooklyn Nets hold three picks as of right now: their own pick at No. 17 overall in the first round, the Denver Nuggets’ selection at No. 27 in the first round and the No. 31 pick to lead off the second round from the New York Knicks, via the Philadelphia 76ers.
There has, however, been a ton of speculation that general manager Sean Marks could look to package one or more of those picks in an effort to get Allen Crabbe’s $18.5 million salary off next year’s cap sheet.
Crabbe earlier this month exercised his player option for next season, knowing that coming off his worst season since becoming a rotational player there wasn’t a chance in Hades he could secure that size of bag on the open market this summer.
If Marks keeps the picks, there is a report from Ian Begley at SportsNet New York that indicates Brooklyn is looking for a big man to provide some inside help to Jarrett Allen.
If the Nets do use their pick at No. 17, it would be the first time Brooklyn has made a selection in the first round with its own draft choice since taking Mason Plumlee with the No. 22 overall pick in 2013.
Yeah … it’s been awhile.
So with the lottery settling the draft order and teams steadily working out prospects after the NBA Draft Combine was held in Chicago last week, we dive into a revised NBA Mock Draft 2.0, one that has some changes from our first look last month.