No. 49: Marcus Zegarowski, PG, Creighton
If you’re looking for an elite shooter at pick No. 49, Zegarowski is your guy, as he shot exactly 42% from 3-point range in each of his 3 seasons in Omaha. Even with just 4.3 assists per game last year, the two-time All-Big East performer has proven he can set his teammates up with quality passes.
Zegarowksi’s big issue is defense, as his size and quickness mean that he will likely never even be an average defender at this level. Still, Zegarowski is a nice flier to take at No. 49, as his ability to stroke it from 3-point range will likely earn him plenty of fans in a high-flying Nets attack.
No. 59: RaiQuan Gray, PF, Florida State
Gray is as old-school as a power forward can be, as the 6-8, 260-pound Gray makes his living in the low post, using his bulk to secure rebounds and an above-average shooting touch to finish off looks inside the arc. A solid athlete for his size who can run the floor well, Gray sounds like the type of big man Brooklyn needs.
Gray is a complete tweener. Is he a small-ball center? A traditional power forward? An oversized wing player given his mobility? The Nets have the luxury of sticking Scottie Barnes’ teammate in the G League and letting him find out with Long Island. It should surprise no one if he gets NBA minutes this year.