2. Neemias Queta, Utah State
Portugal makes their contribution to the NBA landscape with Queta, who has spent the last few years as one of the most dominant players in the Mountain West Conference. Not only did Queta average a double-double last season, but he did so while blocking an absurd 3.3 shots per game, showing how dominant he can be at times.
Queta has been named All-Conference three times while being named Defensive Player of the Year twice. Given his ability to lock down the paint, set hard screens on the offensive end, and use every bit of that 245-pound frame to make his presence know, Queta looks like everything Brooklyn needs.
Neemias Queta could start as a rookie for the Nets.
Like Sharpe, Queta is not going to be much of a threat outside of the paint, and the fact that he was never a truly dominant scorer in college could make it tough for some teams to be sold on him as a first-round pick.
However, given the superstar talent that is all over this roster, Queta doesn’t need to score like Kevin Durant to justify a selection at No. 27 or later. All that he has to do is give the Nets the interior defense, in tandem with Claxton, that Griffin and DeAndre Jordan were incapable of providing later in the season.